How to create the perfect wedding guest bag

One of my favorite things about weddings (besides celebrating the bride and groom) is the wedding guest bag! Wedding guest bags are perfect for welcoming your out of town guests. Not only do they provide important weekend information, they give a peak into the bride and grooms’ favorite things!

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For our wedding in Maine, we wanted to not only highlight our favorite things, but have something our guest could take home as a souvenir from their time in our favorite place in the world.

Here are our tips on how to create the perfect wedding guest bag.

What you need:

1. The Bag –  We used an adorable canvas bag with lobsters on the handles from a local Maine store – Reny’s. We originally wanted to use this L.L. Bean tote; however, the price was a little more than we could spend with over 100 guests coming. For my brother’s wedding, they used a market bag from Whole Foods. Whole Foods origniated in Austin, TX where my sister-in-law is from. Get creative! If you’re a runner, use a runners bag.

2. A Weekend Guide – It’s important to have a weekend schedule for your guests. Ours included a picture of us on the front, a welcome note inside, a schedule of weekend events, contact information (wedding coordinator, my parents, etc.) and on the last page we had a list of what was inside the bag and how they were related to us.

3. Wedding Koozie – You don’t have to have this at all, but we included one! We had a welcome reception the Friday before our wedding so we wanted to get these to our guests beforehand.

4. All the goodies! We included: our favorite snacks, our favorite drinks, advil, favorite candy, a Starbucks drink (where we had our first date), and a snack from where we are both from. I am from Georgia so we had Georgia peanuts. Chris is from Germany so we had German chocolate in the bag! We were also featured in the local weekly paper so we included a copy for each of our guests.

See below for our wedding guest bag and the descriptions for each item included!

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Fun Facts about the Bride and Groom!  
We hope you enjoy this gift bag and can learn a little more about us.

Gift Bag: From Reny’s (located only in Maine since 1949). A great store to shop on a rainy day and you literally can find anything there. We hope you enjoy the lobsters on the handles! Think of us when you use it.

Crystal Springs Bottled Water: Mallory’s Uncle Francis used to own the franchise in Athens, Georgia. The label is blue and white because; well it is a nautical theme this weekend!

Diet Coke: The Coca-Cola Company was founded in Georgia where Mallory was born. “Have a Coke and a Smile.”

Ritter Sport Chocolate: From Germany where Chris was born.

Cape Cod Salt & Vinegar Chips: Mallory’s favorite and they just taste better in Maine. It must be the salty air!

Nutella and Breadsticks: Chris’s favorite snack. He prefers sweets over salty!

Kind Bars: Mallory and Chris’s favorite healthy granola bar. You have to hide these from Chris when he comes to the Lamons’ house.

Starbursts: Mallory’s all time favorite candy. Santa still brings her some in her stocking.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups: Chris’s favorite candy besides green gummy frogs!

Haribo Green Gummy Frogs: Chris’s go to candy when he is out of Reese’s!

Chick-fil-A Mints: CFA was founded and is based in Atlanta. Chris never passes up a mint basket!

Anchor Koozies: We hope you use these and think of Mallory and Chris as you keep your drinks cold. “Love Anchors the Soul” is from Mallory’s favorite Bible verse: Hebrews 6:19.

Georgia Peanuts: These peanuts are of course from Georgia where Mallory grew up.

Via from Starbucks: Starbucks is where Mallory and Chris met on their first date.

Advil: Odds are someone’s going to need it!

Coffee News: YES! That’s the Bride and Groom you see in the top left corner.

– Mallory Anne

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