Build the Perfect North Carolina Welcome Bag

Build the Perfect North Carolina Welcome Bag

Moravian cookies from Old Salem

Welcome bags, or out-of-town bags, are fun to put together and will make your wedding guests feel appreciated. With so many fantastic North Carolina companies, products and stores, finding ways to personalize your welcome bag is easy.

Whether you’re having a large gathering of out-of-town guests or a smaller get-together with people who see each other frequently, welcome bags are always a thoughtful gesture. They’re universally loved and everyone likes to feel a little pampered.

Before you can start thinking about what to put in your bag, you first need to decide what kind of bag you want to use. Visit some of your favorite local stores and check out their selection of reusable shopping bags. You may be surprised to see how affordable and attractive they are. Atherton Mill and Market, a local farmer’s market in Charlotte, has sturdy, handsome burlap bags. Or, you may want to think outside the “bag” and use alternative containers like beach pails, apple baskets or wine crates.

Once you’ve selected your container, start by writing a welcome letter, itinerary and contact sheet. Visit your local tourism office for visitor guides, brochures and maybe even coupons. Pick up local newspapers and magazines. Personalize your information further by including a list of your favorite coffee shops, restaurants and parks. And don’t forget to provide driving directions to your event venues.

Now the fun begins. Give your guests a taste of local North Carolina flavor by including some of these goodies:

In addition, visit some of these bakeries, stores, and purveyors:

Another way to personalize your welcome bag is to give it some regional flair, thanks to North Carolina’s unique geography and three distinct regions:

The Mountains

  • State and national parks maps
  • Trail mix
  • Flat skipping stones
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Warm socks
  • Mittens
  • Lip balm

The Piedmont

  • City maps
  • List of favorite shopping spots
  • Brochures to local attractions
  • Restaurant menus
  • Coupons for museums

The Coast

  • Travel-sized sunscreen
  • Beach towel
  • Flip flops
  • Sun visor
  • Starfish-shaped chocolate
  • Saltwater taffy
  • Ferry schedule

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