the week or so prior to leaving for hawaii were busy, to say the least. we'd talked the old lady into doing goody bags for all of their guests, which would be distributed at the welcome/cocktail party on friday night, and so i'd been helping her with figuring out what to put in those. they'd also originally brushed off the idea of doing wedding favors, but changed their minds with a little nudging there as well.
this all makes me sound like a major MOBzilla, i know. but with a destination wedding, the hub and i were really all about showing guests how much their presence is appreciated, and after we explained that to the bridal couple they got it and everyone was on the same page.
for the welcome bags, we found some super cute little woven tote bags that had a little clear pocket on the front that we could use to personalize it without it being a permanent fixture. this way the guests would be able to use the bags later without, like, advertising the wedding or anything. we decided to embroider the wedding logo on some basic cotton fabric, which the old lady cut out using pinking shears (to avoid fraying at the edges of the fabric). and after spending some quality time with my machines...
this is how the bags turned out.