We have been designing and creating canvas tote bags in Brooklyn, NY since 2006. As our company has grown, we found that couples were coming to us for custom tote bags. Over the years we have designed over hundreds of wedding favors for couples all over the world and have seen all the goodies they have put inside. We have put together a list of components that make the perfect and most unforgettable welcome tote or favor for your guests.
1. Start With A Custom Tote Bag
The tote will be the base for your favors, so it is possibly the most important element. Think about customizing your tote and using an eco-friendly option, like a canvas reuse-able tote. This way your guests will use them long after the day. Personalizations on the tote are a unique touch to commemorate your big day. Custom totes allow you to choose your ink colors to match your theme and with companies like, Maptote, you can add your initials, wedding date and include custom icons/symbols to tell your love story.
2. Add In Essentials
You want your guests feeling their best when they arrive or leave at the end of the night, so make sure to include essentials in your gift bag. This includes water and snacks. We recommend at least 2 full sized bottles. Your guests will be so thankful and hydrated! As for the snacks think about adding in something salty and sweet! It will hit the spot after a long night of dancing. The perfect midnight snack!
3. Something Local
Adding in something local will welcome your out of town guests and give them a taste of the local delicacies. The most popular option for this is a snack! Pick your favorite sweets/ snacks or something that represents you as a couple. For example, we have found that NYC weddings usually include the infamous Black & White cookie or Philadelphia based weddings will include a Philly Pretzel. But it doesn't have to be food related, hand cream that is crafted in Rhode Island, like Kalastyle, is a perfect addition for those coastal weddings.
4. Schedule of Events
Include a welcome note and schedule of events. Your notes should include all the important details like ceremony time, but also feel free to include some of your favorite local spots for guests to check out in their free time. If offering transportation, make sure to include the details and add in any special invites to rehearsal dinner or post-wedding brunches. Make sure to thank your guests for coming which will leave them feeling welcomed and excited for the festivities!
5. Something Unique
Something quirky will make your bags a hit and really make the goodies memorable. This could be a Hangover Kit or something specific to you as a couple or your location. Does the brewery where you had your first date offer cans? Adding in one would be a great nod to your love story. If you are having a destination wedding think about adding in sunscreen or sunglasses. Take inspiration from Bundles Gift Co. and add some flair with a handmade tassel to your bags. Guests will love all your creative ideas and really appreciate the thought that went into their favors.