Six Essential Items for Wedding Welcome Bags

Your wedding weekend and the days leading up to the big day are going to be busy for you and your future spouse. When out-of-town family and friends arrive at the hotel, show them you’re thrilled they made the trek by welcoming your guests with a bag of goodies right at check-in. Chances are, you won’t be able to greet everyone yourself, so this is the perfect way to show your gratitude for out-of-town guests.

There are a million ways to create welcome bags, but you can stick with a theme if that suits you. Show your guests some local flavor and include goodies from local shops and local delicacies. Add a personal touch and incorporate items that are special to you as a couple or are your favorite things individually, then include a note that explains the significance of each item.

Whatever route you take, there are a few things that you should absolutely include in every wedding welcome bag.

Weekend Itinerary It’s a good idea to put all need-to-know info in your welcome bags, like dress code, contact information, key locations and event times. Avoid any mix-ups by providing your guests with everything they need to know on one easy reference sheet.


This one’s a no-brainer. Who doesn’t love snacks? After a night of drinking and partying at your reception, your guests will thank you when they come back to their hotel rooms and have something to munch on. If you want to go the local route in Beloit, we suggest popcorn from Flying Pig or Northwoods Premium Confections or any of the various goodies from Bushel & Peck’s.

Souvenir Give your guests something to take home that will remind them of your wedding weekend, like a personalized can cozy or postcard. You can even put all of the welcome bag items in a one-of-a-kind tote bag unique to your wedding to serve as a souvenir.

BoozeA wedding is a celebration and most celebrations call for alcohol. Give your guests mini bottles of liquor to help them get the party started or as part of a themed wedding welcome bag, like our Bloody Mary kits. Beer drinkers will love a Wisconsin delicacy, New Glarus beer.

Hangover CurePop a couple ibuprofen and a bottle of water in your guests’ bags to assist in their morning-after recovery. Your guests will be thanking you for an evening they’ll never forget and a hangover-free morning.

Thank You Note The most important part of your wedding welcome bag: the thank you note. Your guests took the time to travel to your wedding, so make them feel appreciated. It doesn’t have to be super elaborate; a short, sweet note does the trick.

Wedding welcome bags are a fun and memorable way to say thank you to your guests. Ironworks Hotel now offers our own that you can purchase. Contact Darla at or Carly at for more information on how we can make your wedding guests’ experience special.