The title of this post may be a tad misleading–while I 100% DIY’d the guest welcome bags, I got the weekend itineraries printed through an awesome vendor on Etsy (more on that later).
For the bags, I wanted to provide travel-weary guests with a selection of sweet snacks, salty snacks, gum, Advil and bottled water. To save on costs, couples will be getting one bag each (but extra goodies inside to share). Originally I was going to order all the snacks through Minimus, a great site to order mini versions of all kinds of snacks. That was until I was shopping at BJ’s one day and realized I could get all the economy-sized snacks I needed there–the prices were cheaper and I wouldn’t have to pay for shipping.
With that in mind, here is a list of my welcome bag purchases (and their prices) below.
All photos are personal.
- 6 Baker’s Dozen Medium Gift Bags: $6.99 each (Michaels)
- 2 32-count Poland Spring Bottled Water: $5.99 each (BJs)
- 2 24-count Welch’s Fruit Snacks: $7.49 each (BJs)
- 2 30-count Baked Lays Smart Mix: $11.99 each (BJs)
- 2 30-count Right Bite 100 Calorie Snacks: $9.99 (BJs)
- 2 40-count Doublemint Gum: $7.29 each (BJs)
- 2 50-count Advil: $13.20 each (Amazon)
- 100 Sheets of Teal Tissue Paper: $8.00 (Amazon)
Grand Total: $161.90
Not too shabby! As for the itineraries–I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted the layout to be but I knew I wanted to include a ton of info including a welcome note, weekend schedule, important phone numbers, things to do and places to eat in Montreal. I was browsing Etsy one day and came across a great shop called The Paper Proposal run by the fabulous Cristina. She makes these great tiered itineraries that are small enough to fit in a purse. I sent her my wedding colors and the information, and after a few revisions (she works with you until every proof is perfect), these beauties arrived in the mail.
|Welcome note and 6 tiers of info|
|Helpful info for guests|
|Food, food and more food!|
|Fun things to do around town|
These weren’t cheap (about $3.54 each since I wanted an extra page) but I’m very pleased with them and I think our guests will find them helpful–which hopefully minimizes people calling us too much throughout the weekend (although on the Phone Number page I did specify “call anyone below, just not the bride!”).
What are you including in your welcome bags?