Twisted Together: Welcome to Seattle

Over half of our wedding guests were from out of town. Over HALF! In addition, many of those guests had never visited Seattle before. Even though we couldn’t welcome each of them when they arrived, we did arrange for welcome bags to greet them when they checked in to their accommodations.

Mr P and I used our Gocco to screen-print a logo that we designed on .99 bags from



You can purchase special Gocco screens and ink for printing on fabric. I was surprised how easy it was.


We filled the bags with snacks including locally produced Tim’s Chips and Oberto jerky, some crackers and Pretzel M&M’s (I couldn’t resist). I was skeptical that our guests would like the jerky but my P insisted. I had to eat my words later when numerous guests commented on the awesome jerky.


Mama Pretzel and MOH Tig helped by putting our custom labels on water bottles. Our guests’ favorite item in the bag was easily the cedar grilling plank. These planks are perfect for grilling northwest salmon. We got a great deal on 12 packs of planks on The planks came out to be just a little more than $1 each. WOOT WOOT!

We also gave out guests an assortment of info on local attractions, maps, and some Boeing post cards and stickers.


A surprisingly helpful item was these taxi cards that we printed for our guests.


On one side it has the number of a reputable taxi company and on the other side it has a place for our guests to write the address of their hotel or rental house.


We made a variation of these that included the address of our reception venue and had them available at the bar during the reception.

The response to our welcome bags was very positive. One of my aunts loved the cedar plank so much she contacted me about where to purchase more. For just a bit of effort, it really was a nice touch.

What sort of things would you like to see in an OOT bag?


Mrs. Pretzel

Wedding Date:
July 2010
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  1. barrettes Bee
    barrettes 913 posts, Busy bee @ 6:49 pm

    Cute tote! Great job with these, P, I’m sure your guests were thrilled to receive them.

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    neontl 1136 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:26 pm

    Mrs. Pretzel – tell me where you got those Seattle maps and brochures! We are putting together a bag for our OOT guest when they come to Seattle, and we want to get some!

  3. biscuit Bee
    biscuit 627 posts, Busy bee @ 9:15 pm

    Ahhhhh thanks so much for the bag tip! I wanted to Yudu our OOT bags but was having trouble finding inexpensive ones!

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    el0624 205 posts, Helper bee @ 11:59 pm

    Those taxi cards are a great idea! Awesome bags.

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    IvyClimb 2612 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:48 am

    These are great! We had Tim’s chips in our OOT bags as well.

  6. Pincushion Bee
    Pincushion 1074 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:17 am

    Gah!! These are so awesome!! Love the bag, the food choices and the plank. Delicious and useful!

  7. pretzel Bee
    pretzel 670 posts, Busy bee @ 11:43 am

    If anyone is curious about the water bottle template- I modified Mrs Firefly’s template- you can find it here:

  8. sewing Bee
    sewing 2649 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:43 pm

    seriously awesome seattle bags! love love! your guests were lucky people!

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    missDNA 231 posts, Helper bee @ 8:01 pm

    Thanks for the bag website! I have been looking to find bags under a dollar and thought it was impossible!

    I also love the image you screened on there! SO awesome. I wish I had the time and money to figure out how to do something like that…

  10. husky Bee
    husky 1750 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:01 pm

    I should preface this comment by telling you I just watched Prince of Persia this weekend….

    But if I had a mystical dagger that could take me back in time to beg you for an invitation to your wedding, I would have used every last grain of sand.

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