December 14, 2016

#teamwhywedding: Hotel Hospitality Bags

Happy Wednesday, friends! This week has been really weird so far, and I am so glad we are halfway through already. I am going on a wine walk this weekend and CANNOT WAIT!

One of the small details that I wanted to include for our wedding guests was hotel bags. We had a lot of guests travel from far away, and I thought it would be a nice welcome to the wedding for them. Whenever we are guests that receive hotel bags, I just think how thoughtful the bride and groom are. It is such a small thing that makes guests feel welcome. 

Two of my bridesmaids (Hi Meg and Bri!) actually put these together as their gift to me. I was SO thankful, because the last thing I wanted to do that week was to worry about this stuff. They did a phenomenal job.

First of all, you can see that they used lavender kraft paper bags, which matched their dresses. I thought this was so nice, and they were really good quality. 

I designed a bunch of paper goods while wedding planning all through PicMonkey. I created the stickers for the front of the bags, and the "do not disturb" door hangers. I printed these out at my dad's store (but you could totally do it at Kinkos or Staples). These were really easy to make, and such a nice touch to personalize the bags. 

I also designed a little card that went in to the bag with the itinerary of the weekend, as well as a list of local restaurants and bars. This was very helpful to people who came in on Friday, who were looking for places to eat in the area. I highly suggest this to brides making some sort of welcome package, because it will cut down on people asking YOU where to go.

My girls filled the bags with all sorts of stuff that Dave and I like. They had a bunch of our favorite snacks and candies (Sour Patch Kids!) and then some practical things like water bottles and a packet of Advil. Awesome picks, guys!

Meghan and I delivered these to our hotels on Thursday afternoon, and the reception desks passed them out to the guests staying in our block. It is very easy to arrange this with your hotel, but you do have to let them know ahead of time.

I think the guests appreciated this little token, and I hope it made their stay seem a little more homey. Have you ever made hotel bags, or received them as a guest? What are your favorite items to find in them?

Now it’s your turn to link-up and share your wedding tales. I love reading all about your big day, someone else’s wedding adventures, or anything else wedding related. Nikki and I can’t wait to read all about it!

Always Al

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