Welcome Bags For Guests Who Chose a Different Hotel?

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: Should I provide welcome bags to weddings guests staying off-property?
    Yes, they deserve a bag full of trinkets too! : (10 votes)
    53 %
    No, forfeiting the "perks" was part of their decision to stay off property : (6 votes)
    32 %
    Maybe, if there's a convenient way to distribute the bags? : (3 votes)
    16 %
    Obligatory "Other" : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    You didn’t invite them to the hotel either, because they are paying for it. You just invited them to your wedding and wedding related events. I would definitely give them a welcome bag.

     

    The analogy is wrong, cause in that case you, home owner, would actually be providing something for them if they stayed with you. A hotel which they have to pay is not something you provide. The room being discounted is just a detail.

    Post # 4
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    2546 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    i just saw about the farewell breakfast: you’re not expected to host breakfasts at all hotels, but you are expected to invite everyone who attended the wedding regardless of where they are staying. you can’t have tier 1 guests (those who stayed at the hotel you picked) and tier 2 guests (those who stayed somewhere else)

    Post # 5
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    1729 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

    I say yes to the welcome bags for all the hotel guests, even those not at the blocked hotel.  We did this and spend a good afternoon traveling to 5 different hotels.  Kind of annoying?  Yes.  But they were our guests and we were welcoming them to our wedding…

    Post # 8
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    1242 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

    @Overjoyed:  +1

    Sorry OP, but if they are invited to your wedding, regardless of YOUR relationship with them, they get a welcome bag. Regardless of which hotel they pick, they still get a welcome bag. Like PP said, good for you for getting a good price on the hotel… but they are still paying.

    Post # 9
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    3341 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    We are only running the shuttle from the hotel where we booked a block. Some of my dads family randomly decided to book at another hotel even though I told them transportation would be provided from the one with the block. I see it as not my problem haha!

    Post # 10
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    1729 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

    Not too sure about transportation as many of my guests lived 45 minutes from the wedding.  Those that travelled for the wedding hitched rides with their friends that were also guests and also used Disney transportation.  You could have all the guests meet at the blocked hotel to get transportation.  If they don’t make it there, they can take a taxi.  We just couldn’t fit that level of transportation into our budget.  I am definitely not about babying your guests! 

    Post # 12
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    1729 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

    @hollyberry4:  I agree with you!  There is a point where it can become ridiculous!

    Post # 14
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @Overjoyed:  Honestly, if it’s too much trouble for you to make and distribute welcome bags to all your guests who are staying in hotels, I wouldn’t bother at all. They are a welcoome to your wedding, not to the hotel.

    You needn’t give them to people staying with friends and relatives. The supposition is that they will be able to get water, snacks, maps etc from their hosts. The hotel guests are on their own.

    It is fine to schedule the shuttle to travel only to the “one” hotel. I am assuming that you already communicated the availability, schedule and start and stop points  of the shuttle to your guests.

    Post # 15
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    2880 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 1998

    At the last destination wedding I attended they organised a bus to pick us all up however it only stopped at 4 different stops and it was your job to get to one of them. I had no problem with this and as far as welcome bags go I don’t think you really need them most hotels provide the small things you need. DW are really more stressful than people think! 

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