Perhaps you’re having a destination wedding in a faraway locale, or maybe you’re tying the knot right in your own home town, but you’ve invited guests from far and wide to come and be with you on the big day.

In any case, if your guests have packed their bags and traveled miles to celebrate with you, it’s a lovely gesture to have a welcome gift waiting for them in their hotel room when they arrive.

While attractive baskets filled with goodies are impressive to look at, keep in mind that they may not fit into your guests’ luggage for the trip home.

A better idea is an attractive gift bag that can be folded up when it’s time to depart.

Here are some ideas that you might include to make your guests feel really welcome:

*This first one is mandatory—a brief note from the bride and groom welcoming them and thanking them for making the trip.

*An itinerary for events leading up to the wedding, especially if you’ve arranged for special activities for before and after the wedding day.

*A local street map for the area

*A copy of a local magazine, like INSIDE SANTA CLARITA.

*A couple bottles of water

*Snack food packs (crackers and cookies)

*Sun screen – especially if your ceremony will be held outdoors

*A locally grown treat – California almonds, a locally grown wine for instance.

*Passes to a local attraction like Magic Mountain.

*A book of crossword puzzles or Sudoku with an attractive pen or pencil.

The list can go on and on. Gift bags can be as simple or as elaborate as you choose to make them. Let your imagination be your guide.