Welcome Bags: Packing List + Ideas

South Asian weddings are opportunities to show all your loved ones how much they mean to you. Our culture is hospitable amd we want to make our guests feel welcome, entertained and well-fed throughout the wedding weekend.

Welcome bags for wedding guests checking into the hotel are a great way to welcome guests. They’ll appreciate the treats and info as they get settled into their rooms.

Include:

  • water bottle(s)
    if you want to go the extra mile, get custom made labels to affix to the bottles
  • snacks – they key is non-perishable i.e. potato chips, Parle Gs, pretzels, mixed nuts, trail mix, Cracker Jack’s, M&M’s, Oreos etc.
    you can get chai packets, like instant coffee, that can be mixed with water
  • a chocolate
  • a note from the couple/families – something that says “welcome, we’re so happy you’re here”
  • the weekend itinerary + any details only needed by guests staying at the hotel i.e. gathering times, meal times/locations etc.
  • Depending on your venue(s) you might want to include a map too.

{Additional Ideas}

Send-off Bags
At my wedding we not only had welcome bags but we distributed Send-off aka Thank you bags too – our parents personally distributed the bags, early in the morning at the hotel, on the day guests were leaving. Items included:

  • paranthas/teplas in ziploc bag
  • 2 apples
  • 2 snack packs – nuts and crackers
  • juice box
  • a couple napkins
  • a thank you note

Note: All of the items were placed in the bags before the wedding weekend started – except the paranthas and teplas. We arranged for someone to make them on the wedding day, finish prepping each bag and deliver them to the hotel on Sunday morning.

Drinks Before Cocktail Hour
Our friends had little vodka bottles of Absolut delivered to each guest’s rooms in-between the ceremony and cocktail hour. It was a nice surprise and a great way to set tabsolut-vodka-listing.png


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