Greeting your out of town guests with welcome bags at the hotel is not a new trend, but many struggle with what else to include in their care packages besides the standard drinks and snacks. Here are some cute and creative ideas for gift bags that we’ve seen over the years:
1) Customize the Bag
Step away from the generic gift bags and make the bag itself a part of the swag. Personalized tote bags, baskets, and decorative boxes are all great options. Many guests, especially bridesmaids, will appreciate have the extra bag to carry around wedding related items on the big day.
2) Schedule of Events
You’ve been planning and coordinating every minute of this weekend for months, but everyone else has already misplaced and forgotten every card, email, and text with times and locations. Now they have a reminder, on-site, of everywhere they’re supposed to be and when. Trust us, you’ll be glad you included this.
This goes along with the schedule of events above, but many out of town guests will feel like a fish out of water. Think country folk in the big city, or city dwellers in the country. Maps with driving directions or public transportation tips can come in extremely handy for guests who are not familiar with your destination. Again, you’ll be happy you included this when you don’t have to field phone calls from Grandma Alice with questions on how to use the subway.
Get the party started! Guests often like to enjoy a pre-cocktail party cocktail in their rooms, especially if you’ve got a long stretch of time between your ceremony and cocktail hour. Make sure the first round is on you!
5) Hangover Kits
If you threw a good party, chances are many guests will be feeling it in the morning. Help them out with a hangover kit. We’ve seen these include water, aspirin, energy drinks, eye drops, gum, crackers, Pepito-Bismal, and sleep masks.
Create personalized door tags for guests to hang on their doors so housekeeping doesn’t come around too early. This pairs great with the hangover kit, and our staff really does appreciate them! We don’t like disturbing you either.
7) Weatherproof Essentials
Being in Chicago, we have to be prepared for all kinds of weather, but depending on your location, sunglasses, sunscreen, chap stick, scarves, hot tea, umbrellas or other weather related items could be great items to include that your guests may have forgotten to bring with them from out of town.
Planning your wedding? The Hyatt Regency McCormick Place would love to host your wedding! View Hyatt Regency McCormick Place’s online wedding brochure. Or contact our wedding coordinator Stacy Terpsma via email or at 312.528.4168
You’re more than welcome at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, 2233 South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60616; +1 312 567 1234