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Today we’re wrapping up our state-by-state welcome bag series with South Dakota through Wyoming. Here are our suggestions for what to include in welcome bags for the final ten states. And in case you missed your state, check out Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

South Dakota – Dakota Pride gourmet vanilla caramels, Rushmore Mountain taffies, Mount Rushmore playing cardsIrish Twins soaps, homemade kuchen (recipe)

Tennessee - Goo Goo Clusters, MoonPies, homemade Tennessee T-cakes (recipe), Jack Daniel’s mini bottles

Texas – Dr. Peppera square of Texas Sheet Cake (recipe), Ruby Red grapefruit (or Ruby Red grapefruit cookies!), Dublin Texas Root Beer, Shiner Bock beer, Texas BBQ dry rub

Utah – Apple Beer, Bee’s Brothers honey caramels, Honey Jar flavored honey sticks, Samak Smokehouse Stickies

Vermont – half-pint of Vermont maple syrup, Grafton cheddar cheese, maple sugar candy, Ben & Jerry’s gift card

Virginia - Virginia Peanut Company peanut brittle (8 oz. can), Route 11 potato chips, Northern Neck ginger ale, Whitley’s Virginia Peanuts, Trafton’s chocolate pretzel sticks, mini bottle of wine from Virginia wine country

Washington - Starbucks gift card, homemade Washington State Apple Pie (recipe), caramel apple popcorn

West Virginia – Sweeteez West Virginia mints, golden delicious apples, apple butter, blackberry jam, Mister Bee potato chips

Wisconsin - Kohler chocolates, Nutorious nut mix, Sprecher root beer, cheese head soap, Wisconsin Cheese Mart cheddar wheel, Leinenkugel’s beer

Wyoming - buffalo jerky, Baer’s Pantry jam, cowboy chocolate, Chugwater Chili packets, Yellowstone Seasoning old faithful blend

Don’t forget to share what you’re putting in your welcome baskets in our comments section! Have a great weekend!


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It’s Part 4 of our what to include in a welcome bag series! (Missed Part 1, Part 2 or Part 3?) Here are some local foods, drinks and souvenirs from New Mexico to South Carolina:

New Mexico - Los Chileros chiles, Rebel donuts, bizcochitos

New York - Dylan’s Candy Bar, Fat Witch brownies, Hampton popcorn, Baked by Melissa cupcakes, Subway MetroCard, bagels, black and white cookies

North Carolina - Cheerwine, Chapel Hill toffee, Bourbon & Boots’ pepper-infused honey, Larry’s Beans fair trade coffee

North Dakota - Windman’s chocolate covered potato chips, Maple River Winery’s pumpkin or strawberry rhubarb wine

Ohio - Smucker’s concord grape or strawberry jelly, Lip Smacker lip balm, American Greetings cards, Graeter’s ice cream, Malley’s chocolate buckeyes

Oklahoma - Triple “AAA” root beer, cornbread, whiskey cake

Oregon - Blissful brownies, Tillamook cheese, beaver brittle bites

Pennsylvania –  Snyder’s pretzels, Ayala’s herbal water, Asher’s chocolates

Puerto Rico - Bacardi rum, tostones, flan

Rhode Island - Kiel James Patrick anchor bracelets, Dave’s coffee syrup, Farmaesthetics fine herbal skincare products

South Carolina - Blenheim ginger ale, Rewined candles, Charleston Candy Company’s tiger paws

What did you include in your welcome bags or baskets? Share in the comments below! And stay tuned tomorrow for the final edition of our state-by-state guide. 

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In Part Two of our state-by-state guide on what to include in your wedding welcome baskets, we bring you Hawaii through Maryland! (In case you missed it, here’s Part One).

Hawaii - Mauna Loa flavored macadamia nuts, coconut water, dried pineapple rings, travel size Hawaiian Tropic sunscreenluau leis

Idaho - Idaho Spud candy bar, wild huckleberry taffy, SPUD fudge bars

Illinois - Wrigley’s Doublemint gumGarrett Popcorn, Foiled cupcakes

Indiana - homemade mini Hoosier Sugar Cream Pies (recipe), Schimpff’s Cinnamon Red Hots, 240Sweet gourmet flavored marshmallows

Iowa - Sterzings potato chipsHeart of Iowa fudge, foiled milk chocolate corn cobs

Kansas - sunflower seed cookies, Alma Creamery cheddar cheese, Cocoa Dolce chocolate covered bacon

Kentucky - bourbon balls, Derby Pie tart, homemade Bluegrass Mix (recipe), Moss Hill mint julep soap, bottle of Ale-8-One soda

Louisiana - spicy Cajun nut mixAunt Sally’s pralines, Cafe Du Monde coffee

Maine - lobster-shaped lollipops, travel size Stonewall Kitchen Wild Maine Blueberry Jam, Casco Bay soapsPoland spring water

Maryland - mini engraved crab mallet, homemade Chesapeake Snack Mix (recipe); Mouth Party Old Bay caramels

Check out tomorrow’s blog post for even more welcome basket ideas. And don’t forget to let us know in the comments what you’re including in your welcome baskets!

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This week on the blog, we’re doing something we’ve never done before–a state-by-state guide on what to include in a wedding bag or basket. Crazy, right? No, not really. We’re up for the creative challenge! As out-of-town wedding guests arrive, it’s only suitable to make them feel right at home. Have a welcome bag or basket filled to the brim with a few of your favorite things waiting in their hotel room.  Basic amenities should include an itinerary that keeps them on time, a map to steer their way through town and hand-picked snacks and drinks to cure their midnight cravings. We’re tackling the states in batches alphabetically, so today we’re featuring Alabama through Georgia. Consider adding some of these state’s local flavors and souvenirs:

Alabama – Priester’s pecans, Whistle Stop’s fried green tomato batter mix, Buffalo Rock ginger ale

Alaska - smoked salmon (make sure you can keep it refrigerated!), Tongass forest cookies, wild berries

Arizona – Prickly-pear cactus jelly, Four Peaks Brew Ales, bolo ties, Poore Brothers potato chips 

Arkansas - honey, McClard’s Bar-B-Q sauce, Iron Works Kettle Corn Co. popcorn

California - avocados, raisins, Jelly Belly jelly beans, Naked Juice, Sprinkles cupcakes

Colorado -  Mountain Jam, Chocolove chocolate bars, Hammond’s candies

Connecticut - lollipops, PEZ candy, Avery’s soda

Delaware - Fisher’s caramel popcorn, Dogfish Head Crafted Brew Ales

District of Columbia - Georgetown Cupcakes, Honest Tea, Metro SmartTrip card, Capitol cookies

Florida - oranges, key lime pie, Minnie and Mickey Mouse ear hats

Georgia - peaches, Coca-Cola, Girl Scout cookies

What did you include in your welcome bags or baskets? Share in the comments below! And stay tuned tomorrow when we provide local welcome basket ideas for even more states!

Don’t Forget…Your Guests

Posted by Caitlin on Jun 18, 2013

Next on our “don’t forget” list is guests. Their enjoyment throughout the wedding day is just as paramount to you and your fiance’s experience. That’s why it’s important to keep them happy and pre-empt any complaints from the moment the ceremony starts until the last song of the night ends.

1. Spread the Love - As a token of appreciation for their undivided support and love, have welcome bags with personalized notes waiting for them at their hotel room and give thanks to each table during the reception.

2. Seating Arrangements – Don’t separate tables of family members and friends–mix it up! A good rule of thumb is to give your guests enough space both at their table and in between tables. Remember to choose centerpieces that are at a conversation-friendly height. No one wants to be crammed or blinded. Especially be considerate to those older guests and seat them away from the band or DJ. Tip: Use WeddingWire’s seating chart tool.

3.  Climate Changes - Keep in mind the weather conditions and guests’ attire on your wedding day. If it’s hot, provide chilled beverages, fans or umbrellas and if it’s cold, provide warm beverages, shawls or heaters.

4.  Entertainment - Play music that appeals to all ages and pump the volume when it’s appropriate. Tip: Search WeddingWire’s database of songs to build your playlist. Also, consider those guests, who don’t like to dance. Add a photo booth with props or lawn games.

5. Food and Drinks –  Inform guests how you’ll be serving food and drinks (i.e. buffet, hors d’oeuvres, sit-down, cash or open bar) and ask about any food allergies or dietary requirements ahead of time.

Have you checked these items off your list? Share in the comments below!



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