With so many guests arriving from destinations far and wide, I knew I wanted to give them a little goodie bag of items to munch on during their stay. It's always nice to have a few little necessities when you're someplace unfamiliar.
On our RSVP cards, we left a space for guests to write in their accommodations. This worked well if guests had already booked by the time they sent in their RSVPs, but if not it created the opportunity for errors by the time I found out the accommodation information and told my wedding planner for delivery.
We had contemplated favors for our guests, but we just could't decide on anything and I frequently heard that many guests discard them at the end of the wedding. Instead, we decided to look at the welcome bag as a type of favor and a way to also support our favorite businesses and the charities associated with them.
The tote bag displays our crest in gold, designed by Ceci New York, who also designed the beautiful little thank you tag tied onto each tote bag. I wanted the tote bag to be big enough to double as a beach or pool bag for our guests staying in Palm Beach. They turned out perfectly - subtle and functional, yet just a hint of luxe detail!
Here's what was inside...
This adorable custom-designed map by Laura Hooper shows a map of Palm Beach and all the essential locations - The Breakers, The Hyatt, and St. Ann Church. We also had her pencil in Worth Avenue, Norton Art Museum, Starbucks, and CityPlace shopping and entertainment district. This gives guests an idea of activities to do and where everything is located.
On the back we listed the trolley schedules for departures to and from both hotels, the church, and the reception. Having this information handy for guests is essential.
The people at Hope Water Project are doing incredible things... Namely, bringing people in need the clean water they deserve. If you have a moment, watch their video about their project. Our planner tucked two bottles in each welcome bag and we made sure each hotel provided recycling for the bottles.
We love coconut water!! It's a great way to hydrate your body from the inside out. Vita Coco comes in many different flavors... I had my planner purchase variety packs and give guests different options. I use the original flavor when making my veggie-protein smoothies, but for drinking alone my favorite flavor is Peach and Mango.
Vita Coco is packaged by Tetra Pak, a company committed to sustainable, environmentally-friendly packaging. The company gives back to countless charities and projects. Their packaging doesn't have to be transported in refrigerated trucks or stored on refrigerated shelving. They ensure the forests they source from are being renewed and growing. And best of all, their packaging is recyclable and made from recycled materials.
Boulder Canyon Chips
Boulder Chips represent the city where J went to college and where he first fell in love with Colorado. These chips are delicious... And they represent our current home base. The kettle chips are all-natural, contain no MSG and no GMO, are gluten-free, and have no trans fats.
G.H. Cretors Popcorn
G.H. Cretors' Chicago Mix represents the city where J grew up. A delicious popcorn mix in the distinctive Chicago style - caramel corn and cheddar cheese flavors blended into an addictive combo. G.H. Cretors products are gluten-free, contain non-GMO ingredients, and are kosher.
Feridies Snack Mix
Feridies is my favorite snack brand of all time. Ironically, my parents and I discovered it while vacationing at The Breakers. You can't go wrong with any flavor from them, but my personal guilty pleasure that's always stocked in our pantry is the 5 O' Clock Crunch, which we gave our guests. I have forbidden myself to order the Peanut Brittle Crunch, as it never lasts long around me!!
See's Candy Bar
The See's candy bar is a nod to Omaha and its significance in our lives. I went to college in Omaha and have the fondest memories of that little city. It's also where J and I met in law school, so I couldn't be more thankful to "The O" for providing the perfect backdrop for our love story to begin. See's milk chocolate candy bar with toffee nuggets is our favorite.
Key Lime Cookies
Florida is famous for everything key lime... And for good reason; it's a truly delicious flavor that complements baked goods perfectly. Another discovery my parents and I made while on vacation in Palm Beach? Key lime cookies. They are these delicious little cookies powdered in a sweet-yet-tart key lime coating. We put a box of Janis & Melanie's Key Lime Cookies in each welcome bag. I love that they have no trans fats and use natural ingredients. You can purchase them here.
We provided guests with necessity bins in the bathrooms adjacent to our reception. Combs, toothpicks, spray deodorant, hairspray, lint rollers, mini sewing kits, and mints are all essentials your guests might need after a lengthy day spent at the ceremony, cocktail party, and reception.
But we also felt guests might need a couple essentials in their welcome bag for in between events. We provided a tin of classic Altoids, packet of Advil for post-champagne pains, and a lip balm with SPF custom designed with our logo and crest.
P.S. Have you entered my Lilly Pulitzer for Target giveaway? I'll be drawing the winner on Sunday!