• {DIY} Welcome Bags for Out of Town Wedding Guests

    It is DIY week at Oh Lovely Day, and I want to kick the week off with a DIY project I did for my own wedding.  I’ve been to a lot of weddings.  AAAAA LOT!  And as an out-of-town guest, I have always appreciated a good welcome bag.  So when I was planning my wedding and knew a majority of our guests were coming to California from all over, I vowed to make them as comfortable as possible.

    I wanted to make my welcome bag a little more personal than the generic brown or colored paper bag with a couple of things thrown in.  I wanted them to include what I believe are necessities.  And I wanted them to be easy and inexpensive for me!
    Materials for the bags:
    • Canvas tote bags (from cheaptotes)
    • Iron-on printer paper (from office depot)
    • An iron
    • A printer
    • An image to print
    We had a monogram that we included on our save-the-dates, invitation suite, and other wedding details, and I wanted to put in on our welcome bags.  I had to reverse the image so that when it was printed and ironed on it would read correctly.  I bought enough tote bags to accommodate each out-of-town couple or guest for our wedding.  I printed a coordinating number of monograms.  Then I found a hard surface (a table works well- an ironing board doesn’t work as well).  Follow the directions on the transfer paper packaging.  I laid an old pillow case down on the table, put the tote on top of that, and placed the printed paper where I wanted it on the tote.  Then I ironed each image on until I had done enough totes for everyone.
    Next you have to fill the bags.  Here are what I consider essentials:
    • 2 bottles of water (this is the most important thing, and one bottle is NOT enough unless for only one person!)
    • Snacks (in ours I included special K cereal bars, a bag of chips or crackers, and a small bag of Isabella’s Cookies, which are made where we had our wedding and are my absolute fave!)
    • Hangover helpers (tums, advil, etc.)
    • A map of the area and activities & restaurant recommendations
    • Mints and/or gum
    • An itinerary of events, including any shuttle departure times (if applicable)
    • Sunscreen (if in a beachy area)

    Here is a picture of our finished product, complete with itinerary and other items with our monogram:
    Total approximate cost per bag = $6
    Making your guests feel welcomed, comfortable, informed, and hydrated….priceless

    Has anyone else done their own DIY welcome bags?

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