Post # 1
We’re having a semi destination wedding (most people will stay overnight but it’s not far from the major cities), and I thought it would be a nice gesture to give out welcome bags. However it’s likely guests will be staying all over the place so logistically will be hard to drop off the bags at the different hotels / bnbs / airbnbs..
We are providing a bus transfer service to and from the venue (with a couple of pick up points) and wondered if it would be appropriate to give out the bags on the trip back to the hotels? I would probably enlist a friend for this, not me myself! We were thinking simple items like water, advil, dissolveable vit C, gum, maybe a snack or two. So items that will more likely be used after the wedding not before.
Any ideas or comments?
Post # 2
- Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA
After the reception, they’re favors, not welcome bags. There’s nothing wrong with snack + aspirin favors (and indeed, they might be very welcome the next day!) but it’s no longer a welcome bag at that point.
If people can make the effort to fly/drive to your Destination Wedding, someone in your party (mom? a favorite brother? MOH?) can make the effort to deliver the welcome bags to their hotels, if “welcome” bags are truly what you want. I went to a Destination Wedding once where I had to stay over an hour’s drive from the venue (only place cheap enough for a poor graduate student!) and the best man drove my welcome bag all the way out there. It was an incredibly thoughtful gesture, and would’ve felt rather different if when I’ve been leaving someone had handed it to me and said “Yeah … take this map/local snack/etc now, you were too far away to bother with on Friday.” If you don’t want to deliver them, just make them favors.
Post # 3
ms-tea: I agree, that it’s somewhat weird not to have the welcome bag before the cermony; I’d rather skip them then & allocate the money towards favors / the bar or whatever
Post # 4
If you give it on the way to or after the reception, it’s a favor, not a welcome bag. It also kinda defeats the purpose because they’ll only have one morning to use the items. Usually welcome bags might have a letter welcoming guests to the area, letting them know of things to do/see/eat in the area, reminding them of the ceremony/shuttle timing. But if you give the bags out as favors, those will all be moot.
if you can only give things out on the day/night of the wedding, skip the welcome bags and just give an edible favor.
Post # 5
what if you had goodie bags and just handed then out after the reception. there you could put the water and snacks, etc.
most welcome bags contain a welcome letter that includes information for the weekend. i find this important at DWs especially. is there a way you can drop them off a day or 2 before a each location?