I love a good welcome bag…one that declares, “we’re gonna party this weekend, get ready!” This was the case for Tracy and Scott, a fabulous, fun-loving couple with colorful and creative personalities. Of course, the welcome bag for their wedding weekend had to be equally fabulous. Enter the Guad bag. When Tracy asked me to make a funky-Mexican-folk-artsy-crafty-welcome bag inspired by Our Lady of Guadalupe, I was on it!
I printed custom Our Lady of Guadlupe stickers and purchased kraft colored paper bags. Then, we got our assembly line cranking with colored pom-poms, sequins and glitter.
We also assembled an adorable First Aid kit to go into the Guad bag. Many times guests don’t realize they are at 7, 260 feet above sea-level and that altitude sickness is a real thing! We stocked colorful paper bags (Sourced from Shop Sweet Lulu) with Chapstick, sunscreen and Advil. I stitched them closed on the sewing machine with a little tag and boom, ready to party!
What else was in the bag, you ask? Well, along with some delicious Piñon Toffee from Senor Murphy’s and a locally published Essential Guide, I sourced bottles of Topo Chico mineral water to go with our Mexican folk-art theme. They are so authentic and cool looking and we gotta keep folks hydrated. The only dilemma I ran into was that the tops needed to be opened with a bottle opener, unfortunately they weren’t twist off. Gooooo! So, we decided to do another craft project and made custom Guadalupe can openers. I ordered a bunch of plain can openers from a restaurant supply store, printed mini Guad stickers and jazzed them up with more glitter and rhinestones. Que cute, no?
To see the complete gallery from Tracy and Scott’s wedding, click HERE
What better way is there to say, “Hey, thanks for traveling all this way to celebrate with us, we LOVE you!” Providing welcome bags for you wedding guests is a sure-fire way to kick a destination experience up a notch and keep everyone smiling all weekend long!
How adorable are these bags for Hanna and Reece? Wedding Chicks has an amazing array of customizable templates for canvas totes. Re-usable and snazzy…I’m in!
I also love when a little note can be included, but even better if an itinerary makes it into the bag. Often destination wedding weekends are full of activities and events so keeping your guests informed with shuttle departures and of course tips about inclement weather and high altitude are always handy.
I love to include a copy of The Essential Guide, a beautiful publication with shopping and dining info and also fun articles about Santa Fe. The best part, they’re free! Also…Water, water, water…you can never hydrate enough here in Santa Fe.
Local treats are always a must. Walker’s Red Chile Caramel Popcorn (I’m biased because caramel popcorn is my favorite thing in the whole world) is to die for. They also have a mui caliente Green Chile Caramel Popcorn, yum! Hanna and Reece also have a tradition of baking each other pancakes, so the Santa Fe Culinaria’s Blue Corn Pancake mix is delicious and I’m also a huge fan of their packaging. To go with the pancakes we found the sweetest mini honey bears from Sun Mountain Honey. Señor Murphy’s, a Santa Fe favorite, made us individually packages Piñon brittle, with raffia to match. I love sharing and supporting local New Mexican vendors!
We also included a little first-aid kit with sunscreen (we are much closer to the sun here in Santa Fe!), Advil for altitude sickness or hangovers…because those margaritas do hit harder at 7,000 feet, Cowboy-themed Band aids for blisters and adorable custom chap sticks.
I’d say this is a pretty sweet bag of goodies. Let the fun begin!