A heaping helping of Southern hospitality from the moment you walk into your hotel room.

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Whether wedding guests had to hop on an airplane or just drive over yonder, nothing says welcome to the party like a well-curated bag filled with treats. Wedding travel regulars know the hotel box staples – some kind of welcome note, a small snack, something sweet, and perhaps a bottle of water with a custom label. Once you venture to a wedding down South, though, your wedding welcome bag bar is sure to be raised.

You see, down here, Mama is sure to pour her sweet little Southern hostess soul into a welcome bag that’ll leave you tickled pink. Anyone can slap a monogram on a welcome note or scour Pinterest for wedding welcome box ideas. Mama will take it to another level. From asking local shops for a few hundred samples to stringing together endless mini bottles to create the perfect cocktail representation of your roots, a bridal Mama’s hospitality knows no bounds.

Thanks to Mama’s creativity, wedding welcome bags down South show off the couple’s stomping grounds in the cleverest of ways. While some of the best hotel boxes out there have their own unique collection of goodies, there are a few staple themes that are sure to make their way in a Southern welcome bag. Here are just a few of our favorites.

1. A Salute to Local Barbecue

A Memphian might slip in a mini bottle of Corky’s BBQ sauce, while a Texan might prefer a sample jar of Salt Lick’s Original Bar-B-Q sauce. Either way, you’re sure to get a taste of the local favorite in your welcome box of goodies.

2. Monogrammed…Everything

We’ve seen it all. From monogrammed M&Ms and cookies to branded koozies and cups, a proud mama will want you to know whose wedding you’re at from the moment you walk into your hotel room.

3. Regional Cocktail Recipe and Fixings

Kentucky brides may have a hard time choosing between a classic bourbon beverage and a mint julep, while the Tennessee hostess is sure to toss in the state’s beloved Jack Daniels tied to a coke.

4. A Homemade Treat

It might be Grandma’s famous pralines or the maid of honor’s secret big batch cookie recipe. We’ll let Mama sort out whose homemade sweet gets to shine.

5. A Sample of Homegrown Flavor

When local seasonings go beyond barbecue, wedding hostesses don’t want guests to miss a taste. From Texas hot sauce and Outer Banks sea salt to the best local cheese sticks around, you can expect a few samples you’ll want to take home.

6. A Well-Worded Welcome Poem and Itinerary

It may be sweet. It may be sassy. It’s definitely going to rhyme and include Mama’s direct line if there is any thing you need.  

7. A Piece of Local Pride

Whether it’s a fleur-de-lis keychain or a magnet with a magnificent palmetto tree and white crescent, a Southern welcome box isn’t complete without a travel-size piece of local pride that's sure to make the journey home with guests. 

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8. A Nod to The Signature State Crop

From Virginia pears to Georgia peaches, weddings bags are the perfect place to share our sweet, Southern produce. Making sure not to bruise the goods is the tricky part.