Post # 1
I keep seeing these things on line about welcome bags that appear to be at least $10 per person. That just seems like such a waste, and some of the items don’t seem necessary. For instance, I’m getting married in Maui and some people include water and sunscreen.
I’d rather save that money and host a brunch the day after. What do you guys think?
Post # 3
I think they’re nice but not necessary. If you had the budget I’d say no problem but really they make more since when they include maps etc.
Maybe just do welcome cards with a little note and a sample size of sunscreen to greet your guests.
Post # 4
the best part of the welcome bags to me is ALWAYS the water. maybe you could just do that?
Post # 5
I think they’re nice for a destination wedding especially. I wouldn’t worry too much about goods necessarily but information. When you’re stuck in a place for days it’s nice to have the itinerary printed out for everyone in case they forgot theirs and info on fun stuff to do, places to eat, etc. You can include a few little things but I wouldn’t worry about spending a ton.
Post # 6
I think they’re a nice guesture or thank you to the guests who travelled to come to your wedding. They don’t have to be expensive as others have said, just something thoughtful thanking them for being there. I had never seen them until I went to a wedding a few weeks ago, and that was the first thing we noticed when we got to the room… They had information about the couple and how they met, information about the town and places to go, and they had bottles of water, mints and a granola bar for each guest…. They were pretty simple, but it showed they cared 🙂 But in the end, it is not necessary to have, as a brunch the next morning would show the same gratitude for them sharing your special day with you.
Post # 7
I am SO excited about our welcome bags, its probably my favorite thing so far, that being said, its completely unnecessary. But its only costing me a little over $200 for the 50 bags I’m giving out and I have SO much stuff in them! I’m really happy with them so the cost was worth it for me.
Post # 8
As a guest, I’ve always liked getting them (like someone said, the water is inexplicably the best part!) but they’ve always struck me as a waste, too. I see and appreciate the generosity that the b+g have displayed, and the welcoming spirit is always nice, but I always forget about it 5 minutes after I see it in the hotel room, etc., and it ends up left behind.
That said, my favorite OOT bag contained bottles of wine. THAT was nice…. and really expensive I’m sure 🙂
Post # 9
I think it’s certainly a nice gesture, but in my own opinion I think it’s a total waste. Especially if all that’s going in are snacks and water — I’d love to be handed a bottle of water too, but is it really that big a deal to buy one if you want one? Personally I’d much rather spend the money elsewhere, like on food & beverage for the reception or something. I don’t judge brides who choose to have them or find them important, I just personally think they’re unnecessary.
Post # 10
I like the welcome bags. It is nice to have something to open up when you arrive. And on more than one occasion I’ve used those “snacks” as my dinner for the flight home 🙂 And who does appreciate a packet of advice at their fingertips the morning after the wedding? That said, I spent $4 on each of my bags and I think that was plenty.
Post # 11
Have you ever arrived at your hotel tired from traveling all day. Now, think about how nice it would be if your friend left you a snack and a note saying how glad she is you are here for her wedding, even though she can’t be there to welcome you personally. I’m figuring <$3 per couple. A paper bag, a bar of chocolate, a bag of chips, a welcome note, restaurant recommendations, and an invitation for drinks after the rehearsal dinner since we can’t invite all our out-of-town guests to that. If you’re worried about money do something to show you care, like a hand-written card, and skip the material stuff.
Post # 12
I did welcome bags, but they did get expensive and took up a lot of time at the end to assemble since many things were perishable. I second just putting together a note/itinerary and maybe a bottle of water or two. Throw in a couple snack size bags of potato chips too. That shouldn’t cost you more than $2/room, maybe even less than $1/room. I do like it when I have bottled water when I go to a hotel.
Post # 13
I think beach towels, sunscreen, etc can be a waste. Food, water, info is really not a waste. We’re doing welcome bags, but we’re not including things like sunscreen. They will include info on the resort, Cabo, wedding agenda, etc.
We’re not doing favors or gifts for the guests, but we are going to include some wine or booze in the bags. The resort isn’t all-inclusive and knowing our guests, they’ll appreciate that more than snacks or first aid kits (sad, true)
We’re going to buy the wine/liquor at the Sam’s Club once we arrive. I’m ordering 1 tote/room, so 15 totes, for $1.50 online. We’ll also buy flats of water in bulk and put some in each room.
Post # 14
I LOVE welcome bags but they aren’t necessary. I like having something there to make the guests feel comfortable when they get there, especially if they drove 4 or more hours. They can buy their own things like water or snacks, but to me, nothing is better than FREE.LOL I’m sure they’ll appreciate it!
Post # 15
We didn’t have them for our guests and no one missed them. Honestly, I don’t think a lot of guests have seen them outside of the wedding world.
Post # 16
My hubby certainly thought they were a waste of money…especially with all the rest of the stuff we did for our guests…like you, we spent the money elsewhere.
That said, we DID do info packets, for visiting guests who were going to be part of the rehearsals & rehearsal meals, that WERE invaluable. There was a good amount of driving for all of that & Mr. & I created the maps & directions for each time people got in the car…we drove them before hand to make sure they made sense & made revisions where we thought a direction was confusing or could use more info. We added the names, contact numbers, & pictures of our favorite restaurants & spots in the area, as well as where to find the most convenient grocery store, starbucks, other “necessities” for the weekend. That cost very little (just typed, printed, & stapled together, put in those cheap $0.05 folders, with our logo sticker stuck on top) & saved a BUNCH of hassle & anxiety for our guests. Pre-wedding, it was one of the most mentioned & most appreciated aspects of the wedding by our guests.