Since I’m a blogger and a bride, naturally, I’m going to be featuring the details of my wedding! I can’t help but share – I’m a sharer, if you haven’t already realized that. Whether it’s just a story about my weekend or a sweaty gym selfie, I’m sharing it.
Why do I share? If one little bit of advice, a suggestion, or even a quote has the chance to inspire someone else, it’s worth it to me. I read blogs every single day on multiple topics (fashion, health, food, lifestyle, etc) because I’m always looking for inspiration! I hope it’s the same for all of you.
Well, we’re all Inspiralized at the very least, right?
Anyway, for those of you that aren’t into the wedding stuff, I apologize, but I’ll be featuring my wedding for the first few Fridays in July and of course, today.
First stop: our wedding welcome bags! You know, for the guests staying at the hotel.
When we set out to do these welcome bags, I knew I wanted to curate them with a healthy twist. How many weddings have you been to where you get the welcome bag and it’s a bag of chips, Hershey kisses and Goldfish? Don’t get me wrong, I love chips, chocolate and especially Goldfish, but I always get to the hotel, I’m ravenous and I have nothing to snack on but that and then an hour later, I feel like crud.
I didn’t want my guests to feel that way, I wanted them to have healthy snack options – savory and sweet. I wanted them to be energized for our big day!
Most importantly, I wanted to share a sneak peek into our snack routine – all of the items we placed into this welcome bag are ones we use at home and love to snack on together. Now, if we could only have fit Talenti in there…..
If you’re having welcome bags (at any event, really), just build a budget and then think of your favorite treats, snacks or pampering products and decide what to include! Of course, always include your welcome letter that thanks your guests for being there on that day and in your lives!
So, let’s take a look:
The bag itself
Since this isn’t a destination wedding (it’s literally happening in the town next to my hometown), I decided to go simple with the bags – I bought kraft paper brown bags off Amazon (these ones), kraft paper heart stickers to seal the bags closed off Amazon (these, here) and tulle lavender ribbon (our wedding color) off Amazon, here.
To make it a tad more special, the lovely Karen from Castleberry Hill on Etsy made me gorgeous chalkboard stickers to place on the front of the bags that read, “Thank you for celebrating with us! Love, Alissandra & Luis.”
Savory & Sweet
Skinny Pop popcorn: This was a must. Lu and I’s favorite TV snack is popcorn. We love the simple salt taste (although I also love their vegan cheese flavor.) We are giving each guest a 100-calorie pack!
Apple: To go with the Justin’s almond butter or just for a quick bite! Lu and I love almond butter and apple slices as dessert.
KIND bar: We chose the Madagascar Vanilla Almond flavor because it’s not too sweet, it’s more savory. We love the natural sweeteners used in KIND, as to avoid those sugar crashes. They’re also packed with fiber and protein to keep our guests fueled!
Nourish Snacks pack: You’ve seen me post about Nourish Snacks before, they’re my favorite snack packs to toss into my purse or to eat before a workout (especially the Almonds & Cherries packs) – they’ve quickly become a staple in our household and Lu nicknamed them “Nanoush” haha. We opted for a few flavors, but more of the “coco’nilla crunch” flavor, because Lu LOVES coconut anything.
Justin’s Almond Butter packs: To go with the apple or just to squeeze out of the pack and have as a quick pick me up – I’m obsessed with almond butter, so I knew this had to be included.
ALOHA Superfood Chocolate: If you’re a fan of dark chocolate, you have to get ALOHA. Their superfood chocolate is loaded with nutrients and has that classic dark chocolate taste. Whenever I have a chocolate craving, this does the trick, so I hope it does for my guests as well!
Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups: This is kind of an ode to my father – he is OBSESSED with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I think he transferred that obsession to me! I love nut butters and chocolate together (as does he.)
Health & Miscellaneous
Boxed Water: I found out about Boxed Water Is Better a few months ago and fell in love with their mission statement. I love supporting brands that are trying to make the world a better place. Now, all of my guests will be supporting that mission! Plus, you don’t have to deal with plastic water bottles, which, if not BPA-free, can leak chemicals into your body (ick!)
Vermints: For all those single ladies (and gents!) out there, this is for you – freshen up before hitting the dance floor! I love Vermints, they’re organic, vegan, nut-free and gluten-free, so no one should have an issue poppin’ one of these.
Honest Lip Balm: This is more helpful at a winter wedding when people’s lips tend to be more chapped, but I’m obsessed with lip balm (I don’t wear lipstick, just lip balm!) and Lu wears lip balm every day in the morning (with SPF!), so it seemed appropriate. Plus, I love the Honest Co – they make organic lip balms in lovely scents like this one: lavender mint!
Advil: I hope our guests party the night away and need this Advil! I think it’s an essential part of any welcome bag, which becomes the hangover kit the next day.
Note: All of the brands in this welcome bag (except for Advil) provided complimentary product for this post. However, they are all brands I reached out to and wanted to include, this is not a paid sponsored post!