Post # 1
I’m having a large destination wedding and I’m obsessed with the idea of welcome bags. Nothing would make me feel more excited than knowing that the weekend kicks off the moment people check in and get surprised with welcome bags. It just feels… magical to me. It’s my one splurge, I guess.
However, several people have told me that they are extravagent and unecessary. I know… I just can’t part with the idea.
Those who have done welcome bags – What was appreciated? What was not?
Those who would LIKE to receive them – what would you be excited to find in your bag?
Those who fall into the “that’s uneccesary” category – what would be the one thing that would be worth it for you to receive?
Post # 3
I did Welcome Bags and they were certianly not viewed as extravagant or unnecessary. Where I married, they are not expected per say, but are certainly not unheard of or uncommon.
I married in Alabama, where I grew up and where my family lives. My husband and his family is from Tennessee. We both live in Texas. So although it wasn’t a destination wedding, many, if not most, people traveled for the wedding. SInce a lot of our Texas friends, and many of his Tennessee friends and family had never been to Alabama, I wanted them to get a taste of the good ole South.
The baskets were pretty simple actually. I had several food items that are common in the South (peanut brittle, fudge, cheese straws etc.) as well as a few bottled waters. I included a custom watercolor map of the city with special landmarks as well as several custom paper items. The tag included a note from me and my husband as well as our recommendations for dining and entertainment (these locations were painted onto the map for consistancy). Also, we included a custom door hanger that read “please do not disturb, we’ve been up all night partying with the bride and groom.”
Our guests loved walking in to their hotel rooms wih the baskets already in them, and were so complimentary of them! I think it set the tone for the wedding weekend – I’m so glad we did them!
Oh, and the favorite item was definitely the door hanger followed by the fudge (made by my husbands grandmother).
I think you’re wanting to do a sweet thing for your guests and I say go for it!
These are just iphone photos, so excuse the poor quality 🙂
Post # 4
I am doing welcome bags for our out of town guests – they’re coming to Boston in the winter after all! I am doing it most because I actually do want to welcome them. Our wedding medium sized (likely around 75 guests) and every single person coming is someone I am excited to see.
The bags won’t be anything too crazy, probably a note from us, bottles of water, some fruit, chocolates, etc.
Post # 5
I did welcome bags for anyone that stayed at the hotel (reception and wedding were at a hotel).
The bag contained chips, water, granola bar, apple, gum, etc.
They were not too expensive to make (perhaps 8 dollars per bag- shopping at Costco helped keep the cost down)
I also included a card that provided information regarding a breakfast that was being held the following morning…….
Post # 6
We had welcome bags, and had many of our guests thank us for them. After a long day of traveling, they appreciated snacks, maps, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and food/tourist site suggestions.
Post # 7
@californiabride2013: umm. Free snacks. Sounds good 🙂
Post # 8
I LOVE weddings that have them – not for the little treats or anything, but mostly for the bottled water, which is always a lifesaver to me after a night of drinking. I don’t have to fill a little toothbrush cup from the tap/find a vending machine. Also I love when they have granola bars or some other little snack. They don’t have to be fancy.
Post # 9
I have set up rooms for all our guests and they will have welcome bags in their rooms waiting for them! I think it is a great idea! 🙂
Post # 10
I think it’s a great way to show appreciation for your guests…
Doesn’t have to be fancy… drinks, snacks + personal note – that’s great 🙂
Post # 11
@orangeroses29: when you say dw, are most of your guests flying in? if so, i would suggest small, lightweight items in the welcome bag. think about your guests luggage. airlines are so strict with overweight bags.
if the wedding is more like out of state and most guests will be driving, i like the idea of a welcome bag. i offered these when i hosted a large bday party with many oot guests. the guests loved them.
where is your dw?
Post # 12
@mypinkshoes: about half will be driving and half flying. I was thinking a lightweight bag and most things edible!
@MrsDLP: Those baskets are adorable
Post # 13
We are doing welcome bags. We plan to put a few bottles of water, snacks, muffins, maybe some fruit and candy.
Post # 14
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
While not necessary, I always appreciate them as a guest. We did a Sam’s Club run for them, so it wasn’t too much money- maybe $3 a bag? I put bottled water in ours (especially nice if a hotel charges for it!), granola bars, goldfish crackers, gum, chocolate and fruit cups for those who stayed two nights (bag was a little smaller for the local/one night guests). For out of towners, I also included maps and area info (restaurants, what to do in town, etc). Everyone also had a “thanks for coming to the wedding” note from us.