Wednesday, April 29, 2015

#MarriedMaitlands: Welcome Bags

Since nearly all of our wedding guests would be traveling a fair distance to spend our wedding weekend with us, we knew we wanted to really go all out on the welcome bags.


Our plan was to make them Kentucky centric because for many of the recipients this would be their first (and possibly only) trip to the great bluegrass state.

We were set on including a bottle of Ale 8 (Chris is a HUGE fan!) and some info about things to do in the Louisville area from the start.  Ale 8 tastes somewhat similar to ginger ale and is only manufactured in Kentucky so we bought it in bulk there.  Fortunately, the magazine and urban bourbon trail booklet we were able to include at no cost as our wedding planner was able to pick those up at a local visitor center.  

For snacks, we decided that trail mix would fit our Derby venue theme.  Then, we were exposed to the delicious cake dots by our caterer in our final meeting.  With flavors like bourbon, funfetti, and dreamsicle, how could we possibly pass?  So tasty!!

When I saw the door hangers on Etsy, they were just too cute (and inexpensive) to pass up.  And, of course, no welcome bag is complete without a little note and some directions from the soon to be Mr. and Mrs.

Did you do a welcome bag for your out of town guests?

Andrea :)


  1. I love your bags!! We are deciding what to include in ours now, and adding a beer is such a cute idea!

    thanks for linking up with us!

  2. These bags are so cute!! We did not do one since over 90% of our guests were from New England, but I went to one in Virginia with a similar situation, and it was so nice to be given ideas of things to do. Thanks for linking up with us this week!

  3. Love your welcome bag! It's so sweet and generous! We did one, too, for similar reasons: most people were traveling and had never been to Columbus before. It was so fun to put together!
    Joining from the linkup :)

  4. These are really cute, Andrea! We only had a couple people coming in town so we didn't do anything (oops!) but I love all the stuff you included in yours.

  5. I love this idea! We didn't do welcome bags, but now I totally wish we had!

  6. Your welcome bags look so great, I want one! Those cake dots look amazing! I think we are going to make welcome bags but I'm not totally done deciding what will go in each one. I'm thinking mostly snacks but I do want to try and come up with some fun themed items for our area.

  7. I love your bags! They are so fun and creative.

    We did welcome bags, but not nearly as nice as yours. I did have a stamp/sticker made with our monogram on it for the outside. Inside we included bottled water, some basic snacks and candy, and a map of the historic downtown area that we were really close to. Also maybe a postcard and a personal note from us, noting our favorite places downtown. They were a big hit though!