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Hospitality Bags for Wedding Guests

31 October 2012 2,917 views 17 Comments

In planning our wedding, two things that I put a lot of thought into was (well, other than every little detail surrounding the wedding) the hotel where the guests would be staying and their hospitality bags to welcome them to Austin. The hotel we chose was the Sheraton Austin, and we went with that hotel because we liked the location near downtown and with easy access to the highway, the lobby was bright and welcoming, and the rooms were clean and each bed had white sheets and comforters (meaning they are regularly bleached!). The folks at the Sheraton were lovely to work with, and made me and my guests feel taken care of both leading up to, and during the wedding weekend.

When guests arrived, they were greeted with these hospitality bags at check-in.

Wedding Hospitality Bags

Wedding Hospitality Bags

Included in the bags was a welcome letter, wedding weekend schedule, a guide to Austin published by the Austin Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, water, fruit, nuts, mini candies, a P. Terry oatmeal-chocolate chip cookie, and 1-2 (depending on how many people the bag was for) bags of Cornucopia popcorn. The cost per-bag ended up being around $4.50 each, which seems pretty reasonable to me given all the stuff we were able to include.

A special thanks to Cornucopia, who donated a small bag of flavored popcorn for every out-of-town guest at no cost in exchange for being included in this blog post. Nadia, who is the owner of Cornucopia, told me that bags of that size sell for $2.25 each, with discounts given for bulk orders — so this donation really helped us stay within our budget. And, the flavored popcorn was the biggest hit of all!

Wedding Welcome Bag Contents

Wedding Welcome Bag Contents

Cornucopia is located on Guadalupe near campus, in the same parking lot as Veggie Heaven. They are locally-owned and the owner is super nice! You can order online, pickup from their shop, or they will deliver. They even have some really fun fall and holiday flavors that you can stop by the shop and try including Pumpkin Pie, Caramel Apple, Peanut Butter Trick or Treat, Candy Corn, Christmas Mix (red and green), Peppermint Chocolate Bark, Snickerdoodle, and White Chocolate Cranberry.

We picked up the water bottles, fruit, nuts, and Halloween candy from Costco, bought the cookies directly from P. Terry’s, and bought the little baggies we used for the nuts from Hobby Lobby. I ordered the brown bags and green and white chevron tissue paper online.

I hope this post helps other folks planning events with ideas for hospitality bags. They are really fun to put together, and even more fun to receive! Special shout-out to my mom and dad (but especially my mom) for all her manual labor in picking up these items and stuffing the bags!

What do you like to see in a hospitality bag when you go out of town for an event?

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  • epgoodstein

    I LOVE THAT MY BAG IS THE POSTER CHILD BAG! xoxoxoxoxooxox

  • epgoodstein

    I LOVE THAT MY BAG IS THE POSTER CHILD BAG! xoxoxoxoxooxox

  • http://linda.curious-notions.net Linda

    What a great idea! I'm going to have to tell my best friend (she's planning a wedding) about this.

  • jodibart

    Of course, Emily G!

  • Nadia

    yeah so glad the bags were a hit Jodi!~ very cute!

  • http://Marcos.Kirsch.com.mx/ Marcos

    We are doing regional northeastern Mexican candies (cajeta-based stuff) straight from the factory. Came out more expensive though. I will try to post a picture.

  • Rebecca Goodstein

    That's my bag too! I loved that hospitality bag…and the contents were gone in less than 24 hours. YUM. xo

  • jodibart

    Your wedding looked beautiful. I loved that you took a picture from the alter. Very sneaky, Marcos! Congratulations to you and your lovely bride!

  • jodibart

    Thank you so much for staying at my house and taking great care of Lucy!

  • jodibart

    I love seeing how people personalize the welcome bag and make it their own!

  • jodibart

    Your wedding looked beautiful. I loved that you took a picture from the alter. Very sneaky, Marcos! Congratulations to you and your lovely bride!

  • jodibart

    Thank you so much for staying at my house and taking great care of Lucy!

  • jodibart

    I love seeing how people personalize the welcome bag and make it their own!

  • jodibart

    Your wedding looked beautiful. I loved that you took a picture from the alter. Very sneaky, Marcos! Congratulations to you and your lovely bride!

  • jodibart

    Thank you so much for staying at my house and taking great care of Lucy!

  • jodibart

    I love seeing how people personalize the welcome bag and make it their own!

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