(Closed) Are WELCOME bags necessary?! Beach wedding.

posted 5 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@KaitPar1:  Nothing is necessary, so no you don’t have to… you are giving them something which to me isn’t necessary either. You’ll be fine with what you have.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

They’re totally unnecessary!! I’ve never received one for any wedding I’ve been to — destination or no. We did make small welcome bags for our four international guests for our upcoming wedding, but only because it was a manageable amount. I think your idea of a welcome card, itinerary, and a bag of candy would be very well received!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We did a “welcome sheet of paper” aka itineraray. haha. Welcome gifts are so unnecessary.

Post # 6
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45395 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Welcome bags are not necessary. They are one of those nice things that somebody did once, others read about it on a blog, and now it is assumed that everyone does it.

Post # 8
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2240 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I don’t think they’re necessary at all.  

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I don’t think they’re necessary. It can be nice for people staying in a hotel to have a bottle of water and some small things like mints and Advil, so they don’t have to buy them from the hotel shop. But the main thing is the welcome note, and schedules and directions and things. I think the towels are pretty swanky – I’d be thrilled!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’ve been to many weddings with them.  That said, they’re usually very simple– a bottle or two of water, a couple of granola bars, and a few hershey’s kisses.  Sometimes a welcome note with instructions for the shuttle bus or something.

I always appreciate them and plan to do them.  But– they don’t have to be anything fancy!  I would do what you’re planning on if you want to do them, but skip the towels.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I mean, I would also be psyched to get a towel!  But I certainly wouldn’t expect it.  Smile

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I don’t think they’re necessary but I’m doing them anyway, lol. Just twenty of them. I’m keeping them super cheap though. Some bottles of water, granola bars, gummy bears or something along those lines in brown kraft bags I bought on clearance at Target for about 50 cents each. I’ll buy the supplies at BJs.  If you want to do them, maybe find a cheaper alternative?

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@jennicole01:  amen. Maybe welcome bags/OOT bags are another one of those regional things, but I’ve never seen them done here, and would be really confused if I did. Nobody will expect towels. Keep costs down and stick to the plan 🙂

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m not doing them. Not in our budget and people are staying wherever they want so I really don’t have the time before the wedding to drop off bags at 10 different hotels.  And honestly, most people outside of wedding planning don’t even really know what they are. 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Almost Mrs.P:  THANK YOU.  You have solved my OOT planning.  We’re already planning on a bottle of wine and glasses for the rooms with some local olives (we’re getting married on an olive orchard). 

Wasn’t sure when to stop though, bottles of watter, baskets of fruit, flowers, lotions, bug spray, flip flops OH MY.  These were all of the coordinators ideas.  But it’s not so much our style.  We want simple and put together.  I love DIY and am DIYing a lot but unlike many bees on here I just don’t have the skills to make granola bars and packages of tylenol look pretty.  Those gable boxes full of treats with labels and stuff!!!  So awesome.  I’m really amateur.

But the Chocolate kisses near a welcome card.  That’s perfect! 

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