A Great Little Welcome Bag

Welcome bags are a killer way to greet guests as they come into town for your wedding or event! As fun as they can be, they can often get expensive or be poorly executed.  Some get over-thought, some get under-thought, but like with everything in life, you really want to find that happy medium. Of course we’d all love to greet our friends with a bottle of wine with our monogram on it and tickets to unlimited rides on the pier, but that doesn’t always fit the bill.

Just like with all wedding planning, you want to try and keep within your budget, but when you have guests coming in from out of town, you also want to make them feel appreciated!  So here is a glimpse and cost break-down into our most recent gift bag that had a great, well-rounded feel to it.


As you can see, there were quite a few items included in this guy!  But they were all great items to make the guest feel like they were in for some fun!  There is literature on the city of the wedding, food for the hotel room along with water, sunscreen and a detailed itinerary for every to get where they need to be. While this b&g had some local guests, most were from out of town.  So we calculated for 50 bags, 1 bag per 2 people, and dropped them off all over town where people were staying. As for a breakdown, here is what we included.

$42: Paper bags, tissue and shipping (papermart.com)
$25: Ribbon for the handles (michael’s crafts)
$100: Custom stamp of Santa Monica pier & ink (Lush Prints Etsy Store & Papersource)
$90: Printing of Welcome Note, Itinerary and Favorite Spots (self-designed, printed at Staples store)
$0: Santa Monica magazine and Brochure/Map (donated by the SM Visitor’s Bureau!)
$65: Sunscreen for the California rays (amazon.com)
$175: Custom monogramed water bottles (2 bottles per bag. Beau-coup.com)
$80: Chips, cheeze-its, chocolates and fruit snacks (1 of each per bag, Costco)
$0: Coozies (fun little gift donated from friend)

Total: $577, coming out to $11.54 per bag

In all honesty, our goal was $10 per bag, so we were a little over the true budget, but the bride decided to go the extra mile this time around.

What great item did you put in your welcome bag?!?