An Expert Guide To Wedding Welcome Bags
We recently discussed some of the best gift ideas for your wedding party. To add to that, what better topic to explore is putting together an epic welcome wedding favor bag for your guests? We collaborated with the best Cabo source on this topic: Pilar from Bells & Whistles Design.
Bells + Whistles is a Cabo-based stationery and gift shop. Our mission is to design tailored products that enrich your Cabo event experience. We strive to buy all local materials and encourage traditional Mexican craftsmanship. Our social goal is to keep creating safe-environment, well-paid creative jobs for women. Our vision is to one day be a zero-waste company.
The Perfect Way To Greet Your Guests
If you’re no stranger to attending destination weddings, then you’ll know how wonderful it is to feel thoroughly welcomed when you arrive. There´s no better feeling than checking into your hotel after a long travel day to find a welcome wedding favor bag full of thoughtful goodies!
Greeting your guests with a welcome wedding gift bag is the ultimate way to say thank you for taking the time to travel to celebrate with you on your wedding day.
Not only are the Amy Abbott Events team masters of event design, but over the past 10 years, we have learned a thing or two about welcome wedding favor bags and their contents! Allow us to spill the beans on what we believe are the best components of an epic wedding favor bag for your Cabo wedding!
Pack The Paperwork
Having a Cabo wedding usually means that along with the actual wedding day, you´ll be hosting additional fiestas. It goes without saying, then, that itineraries are a key item for your wedding guests.
Remember that some of your wedding guests will not be familiar with Los Cabos, so allow us to design and include an itinerary they can easily understand and follow along with. Make sure to include all event locations, times, dress codes and transportation details. Working with an event designer to incorporate a wedding weekend itinerary will guarantee it is curated in perfect design sync with the rest of the wedding favor bags contents.
The welcome wedding favor bags are also a great place to include a personalized welcome note so your wedding guests feel extra special.
Another helpful suggestion is to add a list of your favorite local activities to help guests make the most of their downtime! Some of our brides have even included some basic Spanish phrases along with their English translation – a wonderful welcome to Mexico!
Local Mexican Snacks
Give your guests a taste of our delicious local flavors with Mexican goodies! Mexican wedding cookies, mangos or peanuts with chile, and banana chips are some of our faves.
We can source some locally made sugared nut assortments, miniature tequilas or even fresh fruits. Add a personalized tag to your bundle of food goodies to tie your design in with your printed material.
You´ll want to make sure your guests are set up to survive no matter where the weekend takes them! Here are some ideas of what to include in your wedding welcome favor bag: Band Aids, Advil, Pepto, Emergen-C, Tums, Altoids or local gum, chapstick, mouthwash, sunscreen.
Even for your guests who don’t drink alcohol, a survival kit of sorts can come in so very handy. Our event designers can fill you in on the most frequently requested items, so you can ensure everyone’s needs are met for your wedding weekend!
Sun, sand, saltwater, need we say more? Whenever a ton of fun is involved, water is a must. Adding a couple of waters to your welcome wedding favor bags are always a huge hit for the morning after the night before.
Local beers are a great way to show off your personalized koozies. Throw in a couple of Pacifico’s and your guests will get into the Mexico wedding mood ASAP!
Whether it´s intoxicating or detoxing, refreshments are fundamental to your welcome wedding favor bags!
A Mexican Momento
Give your guests something they can take back home to remember the epic time they spent at your Cabo wedding. Embroidered pompom tassels, palm tree bottle openers or cactus wine stoppers are a few favorites.
Allow your event designer to source you some unique favors and adorn them to your welcome wedding favor bags!
The Welcome Wedding Favor Bag
Last but not least, you’ll need a container to hold all your goodies! We believe the best welcome gifts are not only beautiful but also thoughtful and functional. We offer an array of bags and boxes which can all be customized to fit your event esthetic.
You can choose to ship some things here in Cabo, but keep in mind there will be a hefty import tax and there’s always the risk that your favors may get stuck at customs. Of course, you could plan on flying favors down with the bridal party, but it’s not much fun having to haul bulky packages down here. Same potential taxes apply to favors flown down – you may have to settle up with customs at the airport should you be inspected. Our advice is to source locally with the help of our event designers!
Deciding to source your wedding favor bags locally is also an amazing way to give back to the local artisans in Cabo and other parts of Mexico. Not only will each component of your gift bag be unique to your destination wedding, but your guests will forever have stories to tell to others about where these details originated from.
If you´re planning on only giving bags to your wedding party, you can invest a little more on each bag and add a few more fun and thoughtful gifts such as towels, hats, cosmetics bags, inflatable beach balls, sunglasses. Premium local tequila or personalized favors are also easily attainable in Cabo.