‘Tis the season for winter wedding inspiration and ideas! Today we’re talking about wedding welcome bags and how to add a little holiday cheer to them! (Be sure to take a look at our past posts on what to include in a Washington DC wedding welcome bag, a Maryland wedding welcome bag, and a Virginia wedding welcome bag!) Meg, owner of Welcome To My Wedding, an out-of-town wedding welcome bag packing service company here in the DC-area, returns to the blog to talk more about wedding welcome bag ideas— with a touch of holiday-inspired details, of course! (And don’t miss her last post on wedding welcome bag dos and dont’s!) On that note, take it away, Meg…


Photo courtesy of Welcome To My Wedding

With the holidays upon us, I have made a list of some of my favorite holiday-themed additions for welcome bags. All of these items are great ways to add some cheer to welcome bags or favors for December and even January weddings.

Christmas Tree in a Can

These mini trees come in a can or a cube that you water and then can plant in the ground after they grow. They are fun, festive and smell delicious plus if you buy in bulk you can customize the labels.

Holiday Cookies

My favorite part of the holidays (after decorations of course!) are the cookies. Add gingerbread cookies or shortbread to your welcome bags or bake cookies from a family recipe for a personalized touch. You can do these yourself or contact a local bakery to make them for you.

Candied or Spiced Nuts

Nuts are one of my favorite additions to welcome bags to give your guests a more substantial snack. Make them holiday-themed by adding a little sugar or spice as a DIY project or find tons of pre-made varieties online.

Hot Drinks

Adding a custom drink to your welcome bag is always a fun idea. Try something to warm your guests up after a day of traveling. My favorites for the holidays are hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps or all of the fixings for a hot toddy. Add in a custom mug with a cute saying like “Baby, its cold outside!”


Coasters are a cheap and easy keepsake to add to a welcome bag. For the holidays, I love white coasters with “Cheers!” in gold and your names and wedding date. Check out Etsy for more ideas or to customize your own.

Confetti Poppers

Who doesn’t love confetti? Confetti poppers are a fun addition for all holiday weddings, not just New Years. There are tons of different kinds and you can easily customize your own from the color of the confetti itself to the sticker on the outside.

Holiday Themes

Mix and match the ideas above or take your welcome bags to the next level by putting together a bag of items that all go with a holiday theme. Two of my favorite themes are Snow Day with hot chocolate, cookies, and maple syrup candies and Ringing in the New Year with champagne, truffles and confetti poppers. Tie it all together with some great custom packaging and a welcome note that explains your idea!

Happy holidays from Welcome To My Wedding!


A big, big thank you to Meg for sharing all this great advice! If you need help in creating and putting together welcome bags for your DC-area wedding, be sure to check out Welcome To My Wedding.

Are you looking for more local wedding ideas? If you are in the mood for more projects, you can check out all of our Washington DC area DIY weddings right here! Be sure to look through our DC area wedding idea galleries and find wedding advice from local DC area pros.

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