Ann Arbor Wedding Welcome Bag Ideas
Considering creating wedding welcome bags for the out-of-town guests who will be attending your big day? If so, you're definitely on the right track to receiving the "hostess with the mostess" award! Surprising your out-of-town friends and family with a warm welcome & goodie bag full of considerate gifts and local goodies is the best way to show your appreciation and make your guests feel honored.
And you know us: we'd never think to make a statement like that without providing you with some guidance about how to put together your very own Ann Arbor wedding welcome bags, so keep reading for loads of inspiration and ideas about what to include. Trust us, you'll want to see everything we've picked out, because each & every item is the very definition of "Michigan-tastic!"
When crafting wedding welcome bags, the first detail that you should tackle is the packaging. Why is that? Because the package you choose will dictate many of the other decisions you have to make, such as how many fillers you'll need to keep your bags from looking empty or overly-stuffed. Plus, the size of the package is everything when it comes to setting a budget. It may seem obvious, but we'll say it anyway — the bigger the bag, the more expensive the final product.
Another key factor to keep in mind when you're on the hunt for the perfect packages (your packaging doesn't have to be a bag, after all) is the style. Our advice is to make sure that you choose something that reflects your own personality, your location, and fits in with the tone/theme/palette you've selected for your wedding day. These adorable Michigan-shaped gift tags and the state-printed bags you see below are just a few examples of what you can snag for your big day.
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Although the packages for your welcome gifts are the first thing you should buy, the thank-you cards are hands down the most important part of your gift. They symbolize what the wedding welcome is truly about...thanking your friends and family. They've traveled many miles to be there on your special day, so make sure to take care when picking out your thank-you cards. And remember, no pre-printed cards. Handwritten notes are the only way to go if you want to show how much you truly appreciate your guests.
Once you've got your two start essentials chosen, it's time to get down to the really fun part — the souvenirs! These items can be anything you'd like to share with your guests, whether it be a keychain or some cute Ann Arbor magnets like the ones featured below. When it comes to picking out souvenirs for your bags, our only tip is to just have fun and to select items that you love!
Yummy Local Goodies
If you thought the Ann Arbor/Michigan souvenir portion sounded like a lot of fun, then be prepared to really love this next step. Although many couples choose to not include things like souvenirs (we think they're a great way for guests to have a lasting memento from your soiree, but they can pricey quick if you're not careful), anyone will tell you that no welcome gift is complete without some yummy local goodies. If you can persuade yourself not to eat all the delicious-looking treats you buy, then we know that you'll have a ball scouting out snacks that Michiganders love for your friends and family! As always, here's a little inspiration that we think your guests will adore:
- Faygo and/or Vernors Ginger Ale — Made right in Michigan!
- Locally Brewed Beer — Schmohz Brewery, Wolverine State Brewing Co., Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales are all Michigan-based and make excellent beers.
- Better Made Chips or Popcorn — Made in Detroit since 1930!
- Ann Arbor Tortilla Factory Chips
- Smeltzer Orchard Co. Cherries — Did you know Michigan is a big producer of cherries? We bet your guests won't either until you surprise them with a bag of local dried (or chocolate-covered) cherries.
- Russell Stover University of Michigan Candy Bar — Yep, you can represent with a little local pride with one of these cute and scrumptious chocolate bars.
Last, but certainly not least, your Ann Arbor wedding welcome bags should include a few of the "little extras" that wedding guests have proven to love over the years. We're talking a little medicine kit (for next day's hangover, of course), local magazines (we definitely recommend Current Magazine, a free Ann Arbor publication that features fun local activities, restaurants, etc.), pamphlets for fun activities to do in the area, sample menus from your favorite Ann Arbor eateries, and, of course, your wedding weekend itinerary.
Useful and great for encouraging your wedding guests to explore Ann Arbor, we can't think of any good reason to leave any of these unique extras out of your welcome bags.
We're dying to know: what wedding favors are you planning on including in your welcome bags? Share your ideas below!
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