I've always loved the idea of putting together a little goodie bag for out-of-town wedding guests. Not only does it add a personal touch by showing you and your groom's appreciation for their travel efforts, but it's also a chance to boast about the amazing state we live in. And, chances are, when they're not busy with pre- and post-wedding activities, they'll have some time on their hands. Remember: Although they're here to celebrate your special day, this is also like a mini-vacation for them. So instead of letting your friends and family idly sit in their hotel rooms, give them a taste of what Minneapolis and St. Paul have to offer. It will make your wedding weekend that much more memorable.
Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. We may be biased (OK, we're definitely biased), but handing your guests a copy of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine will ensure they have a plethora of activities to choose from the whole time they're here—whether they want to check out a show at the Guthrie or dine at a hot, new restaurant.
Caribou gift card. My East Coast relatives are obsessed with Starbucks. I can't wait to show them what they've been missing with a trip to my favorite coffee shop.
Map of Minnesota. Local calligrapher Crystal Kluge (one of our Diamond Awards winners!) can create the most amazing hand-drawn maps for your guests, directing them to popular tourist spots and, of course, the wedding and reception locales.
Prairie Organic Spirits. From Minneapolis-based Phillips Distilling Company, the infused vodka makes for a unique, flavorful welcome bag addition (not that your guests won't get enough alcohol at the wedding).
Pearson's candy. A sugar boost after a night of dancing at the wedding or touring the Twin Cities. Plus, we bet your guests didn't know some of their favorite sweets are manufactured right here in Minnesota.
Aveda products. No one likes hotel shampoo and conditioner. Pamper your guests with travel-sized products from Blaine-based Aveda.
Minnesota sticker. Seal it all up in a gift bag with these cute dot whacks from Etsy.
Brides, what are you including in your wedding welcome bags for out-of-town guests?