Michaele Thunen (my godmother) made our sweet little ring pillow with beaded fabric and tied with a red velvet ribbon. Our wedding bands came from Stephan-Hill, a local jeweler that my mom has used for years. I went with a very simple yellow gold band, and Ryan chose a white gold band with a scratch finish. These silly little books were just too funny to pass up.


Last week I talked about the beautiful bouquet that Michaele made for me to carry. She also made the attendant bouquets using white flowers (ranunculus, paper whites, cyclamen) and dusty miller, as well as the flower girl cone (with just the perfect amount of red ribbon) and head wreath.


Many of our guests traveled from out of town to celebrate with us, and we wanted to greet them with something fun and useful, so we had welcome bags waiting for them at their hotels.

For the graphics on the bags themselves, I made a little collage of silhouettes that had to do with Ryan and me and our relationship: golf ball, laptop, the states we’ve lived in, a moving truck, a wedding cake. Jill Sassa screen printed the design onto small canvas tote bags purchased from Bagworks. She also designed and printed little name tags and welcome booklets that included an itinerary for the weekend, as well as some of Ryan and my favorite restaurants and things to do in San Francisco.

In addition to the welcome booklet, bags included:
Locally made Beth’s Heavenly Little Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Crunchy corn from Sensible Foods for a healthier snack.
Calistoga sparkling water.
Vintage postcards from the Presidio Social Club, tied with twine to recall our save-the-dates.
A glassine bag filled with travel-sized necessities (Kleenex, Advil, toothpaste, Shout wipes, and Tums).
A set of California-themed pencils from Paper Pastries – each pencil was a different color, stamped with a different California fact, like the state bird, state motto, etc.


Photos by Elizabeth Messina.



Kiss the Groom (Elizabeth Messina), Paper Pastries and PS Paper are sponsors of Snippet & Ink. Thank you to my wonderful godmother, Michaele Thunen, for the gift of our personal flowers and the darling ring pillow.

9 comments posted +add a comment SEE MORE: Personal, Real Weddings, snippet + ink wedding
  1. Charlotte

    Oh, I love your little welcome bags – I am definitely going to put together a little package for my travelling guests now!

    Blue Skies,
    Charlotte xo

    blueskiesblog.blogspot.com

    / Reply
  2. Michaela

    I am loving ALL of these details!! We also got those little books as a wedding gift. So funny and actually a bit shocking at times, right?

    / Reply
  3. Kate

    Sweet Jesus these details just get more and more awesome. The totes are too cute. You rock.

    / Reply
  4. Kirby {Colors of Honey}

    isn’t it crazy that something as simple as making a list of pictures you would like gets over looked and becomes such an important element? good tip! I will definetly make time to put one together.

    We are doing bags too, although I think tyler and myself along with a handful of our guests will be traveling in for the wedding, but I still wanted to have something for those guests that have booked rooms for our wedding. I can’t wait to pick out things to fill them with! and I’m going to hand print them myself! xo

    / Reply
  5. the Perfect Palette

    Cute welcome bags. Love the concept and design.

    / Reply
  6. Katie Kingman | Brilliant Event Planning

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the welcome bags! What an adorable concept :)

    / Reply
  7. Shana

    Did you do a bouquet toss? Also, awesome bags!

    / Reply
  8. Sweet Jennies

    I absolutely love these tote bags!! I am from San Anselmo and love P.S. Paper…they did a fabulous job. Congratulations and gorgeous wedding.

    / Reply
  9. Danielle

    Is it possible to show a picture of the contents in your welcome bag? Thanks!

    / Reply

Leave a Comment