We are always asked what the one piece of advice we would give to all brides would be if we had the chance. And we generally say the same thing…splurge on things that will truly add something to your wedding and skimp on those that guests will barely remember. Case in point, the welcome bag. Although it’s lovely to get a paper bag with some water, some peanuts and a map thrown in, it’s also money spent that isn’t always appreciated…or remembered. I know, that stings. But it’s really true. Well, enter Mélangerie Inc. the cute girls behind some of our favorite wedding day ideas and the designers behind these absolutely awesome new State-By-Food Tote bags, the perfect tote to welcome your guests in style…

food totes by melangerie

So seeing that they have such a great eye for awesomeness, we’ve asked the girls at Mélangerie Inc. to give us a few ideas as to how to craft the perfect wedding welcome bag and man oh man have they delivered. So whether you snag a few of these perfect totes for your guests (they give discounts for order of more than 10) or you go with something else, these ideas are both affordable and TOTALLY adorable.

Inspired by our new State-By-Food tote bags (which illustrate a food from each great United State), we took up the challenge of curating Food-Themed Wedding Welcome Gifts for 5 of our favorite US cities. Each gift contains edibles, from the gourmet to the everyday, that represent the flavor of their respective city. From Brooklyn Brine Co.’s Pickled Fennel Beets to Sonny Bryan’s BBQ Sauce for Dallas, and a Dunkin’s Donuts gift card hailing from Boston, we have included inspiration for all palettes and budgets. Fill up our State-By-Food totes with your own local goodies, or have Melangerie Inc. do the work for you!

welcome bags new york

(from left to right) Bazzini Pistachio Nuts / Dean & Deluca Turkish Apricots / Apple from Union Square Greenmarket / Bialy from Hot Bread Kitchen / Manhattan Special Coffee Soda

brooklyn welcome bags

(from left to right) Olive Oil + Sea Salt Roasted Almonds from Larder / Brooklyn Brine Co. Fennel Beets / Brooklyn Brewery’s Local 1 / Ragged Butte Bison All Natural Buffalo Jerky / Liddabit Beer & Pretzel Caramels

boston welcome bags

(from left to right) Lobster Lollipop / Boston Harbour Tea Tin / Boston Baked Beans from Union Oyster House / Red Sox Peanuts / Dunkin Donuts Gift Card

dallas welcome bags

(from left to right) Hot N Hot Giant Jelly Beans / Jalapeno Cornbread Mix / Deep Friend Peanuts / Dr. Pepper / Sonny Bryan’s BBQ Sauce

san francisco welcome bags

(from left to right) Small Sour Dough Loaf from Boudin / Strawberry Lavendar Jam from Slow Jams / Scharffen Berger Chocolate Bar / Qupé Chardonnay / Edible San Francisco Magazine