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    San Diego Wedding Welcome Bag Ideas

    Greet your guests in true San Diego style with thoughtful wedding welcome bags filled with locally inspired treats and other essentials. Your guests will know right away how much you appreciate them being there! They will also receive a fun introduction to the area so that they can do some exploring on their own.

    I am here to help you build your bag step-by-step from start to finish. Then it's up to you take my recommendations and compile a bag with your own personal flair. Guests will absolutely love the mixture of California goodies with messages from the bride and groom themselves. Pick and choose from the selections below and remember to have some fun with it!

      The Container

      The first step in crafting your ultimate welcome bag is choosing the actual container. This can be a bag, box, basket — anything you desire. Fill a classic canvas tote like this San Diego themed one or perhaps stuff a cute wicker basket. Depending on the theme of your wedding and your budget, there are plenty of options to fit your particular needs. The choice is yours!

      Thank You Note

      Probably one of the most essential additions to your welcome bag is the thank-you note. Guests will adore all of the gifts, but what makes your bag truly special is simply a warm greeting from you. After all, they are there to celebrate the bride and groom and a handwritten note will show your gratitude!

      Keeping in style with your San Diego destination, we have found some adorable beach-themed thank you cards that will fit in perfectly with the rest of your fabulous bag.

      Food and Treats

      Be sure to give your guests a taste of San Diego by including some local treats they can enjoy during their stay. Everyone will love to munch on some snacks hand picked by you.

      • The Cravory Cookies | With signature flavors like cookies 'n cream milkshake, chocolate truffle, and birthday cake, guests will soon be devouring these delicious delights.

      • Eclipse Chocolates | Let your guests indulge in these locally made, decadent chocolates.

      • Crunchtime Popcorn | Include an assortment of San Diego's best gourmet popcorn, including caramel bliss, movie style, cheddar cheese, and more. Take it a step further and package the popcorn in California paper wedding favor bags, seen below.

      • La Reine des Macarons | Created in San Diego, this company specializes in making French macaron wedding favors. The to-die-for macarons come in clear favor boxes with custom liners, ribbons, and printed labels so you can add a personal touch to this treat.

      San Diego Mementos

      Pack the charm of San Diego into your bag by including some souvenirs for your guests. They will cherish these one-of-a-kind keepsakes from their favorite bride and groom. Whatever you choose to include, be sure they reflect both the destination of the wedding as well as your own personalities. The more personalized, the better!

      • Knockaround Sunglasses | These inexpensive yet totally trendy shades made right in San Diego will be a big hit while your guests enjoy some fun in the sun.

      • Sandcloud Beachtowels | Partnered with San Diego Coastkeeper, this brand makes unique beach towels that guests can take with them on their Cali adventures. Added bonus? A portion of the proceeds go to preserving marine life.

      • COOLA Sunscreens | Guests will stay protected from the rays with these eco-conscious sunscreens produced in San Diego.

      • Fujifilm Underwater Camera – Your guests will have a ball making their own memories with these disposable underwater cameras.

      • Seashells – Visit San Diego's gorgeous beaches and collect some pretty seashells to add as good decorations to each bag.

      Itineraries, Guides, & Finishing Touches

      Now that your guests have been spoiled with goodies, don't forget to include some practical essentials to ensure they remain informed about the wedding schedule and the area of San Diego itself. This is vital to making their stay the best it can be, especially for out-of-towners.

      • Wedding itinerary | Include the schedule of wedding events from the rehearsal party to the reception so guests do not have to fret about missing a thing. You could include a map as well if locations are spread out.

      • San Diego Magazine | Every issue shares information on the best restaurants, events, and other things for your guests to do around town.

      • San Diego Union-Tribune | Guests can read up on the local happenings and get acclimated to San Diego.

      • California Hangover Kit | Keep your guests feeling happy and healthy with these customizable hangover kits.

      So get going: start assembling your ideal San Diego wedding welcome bags! If you have any additional ideas, please comment below.

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