wedding // welcome bags.

there was no question in our minds, we would be putting together welcome bags for all of our guests. but we did have two questions. what would we put in said bags? and how the heck would we get them to the dominican republic?

the answer to the first question came to us slowly over the course of six months. our guest bedroom became more wedding headquarters and less bedroom. it’s still not put together. we began gathering items. they fit into two categories: survival kit or fun. in our survival kit, we included: chapstick, alcohol prep pads, bandages, emergen-c, tylenol, breathe mints, tums, and tissues. for fun, we included: custom koozies, custom stadium cups [with straws + lids], door hangers, and a welcome packet.

our full intention was to find plain tote bags and have them printed with a design [J] created. but we lucked out. as my mom + I were innocently shopping one day, we spotted totes at forever 21, wearing the phrase “♥ is all you need”. [they didn’t have our exact amount in that design, so we found “love” & boat anchors too]. to personalize the totes, we had them printed on the back side with our names & wedding date.

wedding // welcome bags c/o

wedding // welcome bags c/o

wedding // welcome bags c/o

wedding // welcome bags c/o

wedding // welcome bags c/o

wedding // welcome bags c/o

wedding // welcome bags c/o

we used an entire suitcase to transport our welcome bag goodies [and our other personalized wedding decor] to the dominican republic. it weighed 48.5lbs. we considered that a win. until we arrived at our destination, and our bag did not. it took all of me to resist transforming into bridezilla or bursting into tears mere moments after arriving in paradise. all was right with the world again when it arrived the next evening. thank you chicago for not holding our bag hostage for too long.

I would highly recommend welcome bags to any brides having destination weddings. 

our top items were easily the emergen-c, koozies [for the fully stocked beer fridge in the rooms], our welcome packet, and the bag itself.

wedding // welcome bags c/o

if nothing else, it provides a fun wedding souvenir for everyone to take back home.

happy tuesday.

wedding: welcome bags.

wedding wednesday //

the other day [J] & I were at T.J maxx, browsing their holiday selection. as we were checking out, the sales associate struck up a conversation with us. “are you married?” no we’re engaged. “when’s the big day?” october 2014. “exciting, where?” in the dominican republic. “how many guests?” we invited 100. “are you paying for all of their flights?” if we were, do you think we’d be shopping at T.J maxx?????

[*editor’s note: ok, so I didn’t say the last part. but I definitely thought it].

although [J] & I would absolutely love to fly each of our guests to the dominican, we don’t quite have the means to do so. but this is something we did take into account when we were selecting a destination. we wanted something affordable. and we wanted all-inclusive. so once our guests arrive, they can eat + drink to their hearts desire. right on the beach. with more than enough activities to keep everyone happy.

we know we’re asking a lot of our guests. but really, what wedding doesn’t? [I’ll discuss that topic next week]. so creating a heartfelt welcome bag is a must.

welcome bags //

1 // canvas tote.

2 // drink koozie.

3 // tylenol go packsfor the rough mornings.

4 // lip balm + spf.

5 // paper fan.

6 // sunglasses.

7 // coconut lime breeze body lotion.

8 // swedish fish.

9 // spf 50 sunscreen

10 // pirate’s bootyfor the late-night munchies.

happy wedding wednesday.