How to Put Together the Perfect Philly Welcome Bag for Your Out-of-Town Wedding Guests

Gather a few favorite tokens of your hometown (and some Advil, of course) for a goody-filled greeting that will get your guests excited for the festivities to come.

Illustration by Katy Dockrill

Illustration by Katy Dockrill

What A tasty local treat

Why So your guests don’t get hangry between your ceremony and reception.

Try The originals from Federal Donuts or Philly Pretzel Factory, or Philly Series truffles from Marcie Blaine Chocolates.

Get It $11 per dozen doughnuts, federaldonuts.com; 75¢per pretzel (tip: ask for them individually wrapped so they stay fresh), phillypretzelfactory.com; $4.25 for a box of two chocolates or $7.95 for a box of four, marcieblaine.com.

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What A sweet-smelling luxury

Why Well, your guests booked a hotel, didn’t they?

Try  Mini lotions, potions or lip balms from Duross & Langel or Hand in Hand.

Get It Duross & Langel travel lotions and gels, $6 (20 percent discount on 50 or more), durossandlangel.com; Hand in Hand two-pack of lip balm tins, $16 (50 percent discount on 50 or more), handinhandsoap.com.

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What A quick caffeine buzz

Why They’ll appreciate not having to leave their room or use the phone to take their first sip the morning after.

Try La Colombe’s life-saving Pure Black bottles or addictive Draft Latte cans (don’t make twosomes share),or some premium loose-leaf black, green or oolong tea from Philly’s CocoLove.

Get It Pure Black, $36 for 12, and Draft Lattes, $40 for 16, lacolombe.com; $18 for a two-ounce tea gift box (20 percent discount on 20 or more), cocolovepairings.com.

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What A guide to our lovely metropolis.

Why There’ll be downtime during your wedding- weekend extravaganza, and some people might be turning their visits into extended trips.

Try 100 Things to Do In Philadelphia Before You Die, by local writer Irene Levy Baker, and (of course) Philly Mag’s 50 Best Restaurants guide; print the latter out yourself, and be sure to star your faves for family and friends.

Get It $16 at Joseph Fox Bookshop, Rittenhouse; phillymag.com/50best.

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What A Philly-themed tote

Why You need something cute to stash it all in, right?

Try Gift your goodies in Maptote’s Philadelphia Grocery tote, or have local designer/illustrator Melissa Noucas of The Atelier whip up a custom look for your bash and screen-print it on one of her made-in-Philly canvas totes.

Get It $18, maptote.com; custom canvas totes starting at $15 each for 50 or more, theateliershop.com.

This article originally appeared in the spring/summer 2017 issue of Philadelphia Wedding

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