In lieu of a warm, in-person greeting, consider welcoming your out-of-town wedding guests with a welcome bag filled with hand-picked goodies (hello, midnight munchies!) and helpful niceties to make them feel at home! But what do you include? One of our bride-to-be readers, Melissa, sent us her dilemma for her wedding in DC this fall. What are some ideas for unique, locally-made products to include in her welcome bags for her Washington DC wedding? Here is Melissa’s question:

My fiancé Eric and I are currently planning our October wedding in DC. Since a majority of our guests are from out of town, we would like to make welcome bags to help greet them as they arrive in our great city. We’d like to feature unique, locally-made, and budget-friendly products. So far we’ve chosen to feature some of our favorite local treats such as mini pop tarts from Ted’s Bulletin on 14th and 2 Armadillos crispy chickpeas. We’re stumped about what else we should feature. All guests must fly, so the products we feature must be TSA-approved and travel-friendly. We’d love to hear your and other reader suggestions about which unique, locally-made products we should feature in our welcome bags!

Washington DC Wedding Welcome Bag

Here is our master list of things to consider including in your Washington DC wedding welcome bags…





Fun Souvenirs

Reading Materials

Out-of-Town Bags + Extras

Washington DC Wedding Out of Town Bag

More Ideas + Credits

  1. Something sweet: Macarons from Olivia Macaron
  2. Something “DC”: Rose garden soap from the White House Gift Shop
  3. Something salty: Chocolate drizzle gourmet popcorn from Popped! Republic
  4. Something to drink: Custom Washington DC water bottle labels from LabelsRUs
  5. Wedding day map + itinerary: Custom wedding map from Laura Hooper Calligraphy
  6. Something healthy: Energy bars from Nouri Bar


And there you have it – our master list of gifts + things for your Washington DC wedding out-of-town bags. What did we miss!? If you’re making bags, what will you be including? For more wedding welcome bag ideas, check out these Washington DC area wedding bag ideas and easy, local DC theme gifts and favors.

Are you looking for more local wedding ideas? Be sure to look through our DC area wedding idea galleries and find wedding advice from local DC area pros. If that isn’t enough, check out our collection of local DMV weddings from the real world and the best DC area wedding vendors who make it all happen.

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