Thursday, February 26, 2015

Personalized Touches: Welcome Bags

It is nice to greet your out-of-town guests with a welcome bag when they arrive at their hotel. Wedding welcome bags are the perfect way to set the tone for your wedding weekend and to showcase your personal style. Most of your out-of-town guests will treat your San Diego wedding as a vacation, so a welcome bag is a wonderful place to showcase your favorite local products and places.

You will want to include all of the pertinent information for your wedding weekend - schedules, directions, maps, and any other details your guests need to know. This information is really the only thing that must be in a welcome bag, so it is perfectly acceptable to put all of these details into an envelope with your names and wedding date on the front and check that task off your list.

However, if you want to showcase San Diego, here are some products that your out-of-town guests will love:

Chocolate Bars from Chuao Chocolatier -
Chuao Chocolatier (pronounced chew-WOW) is the first Venezuelan chocolatier based in the United States. They are headquartered in San Diego and specialize in unique flavor combinations.

Beer from a San Diego Microbrewery - San Diego is home to 74 microbreweries, making us one of the beer capitals of the world. Pick your favorite brewery (visit for a complete list of local breweries) and include a bottle for each guest.

Wine from Temecula - If wine is more your style, include a bottle from your favorite local winery. Visit for a list of Temecula wineries.

Organic, locally grown fruit - San Diego's perfect weather makes it home to nearly 600 organic farms. Visit a local organic farm, such as Chino Farms or Suzie's Farm and pick fresh strawberries or whatever local fruit is in season to share with your guests.

Whatever you choose to put in your welcome bag, make sure it is something that can be used while in San Diego - sunscreen, bottled waters, etc - your guests won't want to pack extra things home with them. And the bags can be generic - does any guest except your mom want a tote bag with you name and wedding date on it? - it's the stuff inside that counts.

Submitted from our guest blogger-Kristin of Stephanie Rose Events, Fine Wedding Planning & Design, 858-461-8423. We appreciate the contribution to our San Diego Style Weddings Blog. Follow us for her weekly new craft or insight on ways to personalize your wedding!