Welcome Boxes/Bags?

posted 2 years ago in Favors
Post # 2
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

SurelyAsTheSunWillRise:  I think it’s more for the out of town guest. I am doing a couple for some out of town guest I dont know what to put in them now.

Post # 3
3643 posts
Sugar bee

Nope. Not necessary. If I was on the receiving end, most of it would get tossed.

For my daughter’s upcoming wedding, the venue is 3.5 hours east of the groom’s hometown, and 1.5 hours west of the bride’s. We have the potential of 95% of the guests being from OOT. We have blocked rooms at 4 hotels and I’ve heard of at least 4 other hotels, where guests have booked rooms. Impossible to distribute and probably unecessary, as most of the guests will only be staying overnight. Their wedding website has maps and lots of information about the town and things to see and do.

Post # 4
42082 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

SurelyAsTheSunWillRise:  This is another of the wedding associated items that is a “nice to do” not a “must do”.

With the information available on the internet and smartphones, guests really don’t need a map of the area, lists of places to eat etc. They can easily find all that information on their own.

It can be nice to include a note of welcome, a bottle of water, a small snack, a recommendation or two for coffee shops and restaurants in the immediate area.

Post # 5
1437 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

It’s definitely not mandatory or super important. I will say that I have always appreciated them as an out-of-town guest, though. Especially if it’s a few hours in the car, it’s so nice to have something to munch on upon arriving at the hotel. Obviously it’s not your responsibility to provide pre-wedding snacks, but it’s definitely a nice touch.

We are planning on doing welcome bags but will keep it to mostly snacks, since that’s what I’ve found most useful when I’ve been a guest. We’ll do a couple of water bottles, plus some Faygo soda, Better Made chips, and Sander’s chocolates (we’re from and hosting the wedding in Detroit, so we wanted to provide local brands!). The only other thing we are adding is a $5 casino chip for a casino that’s just a couple blocks from the hotel. Always fun to blow a few bucks on slots when you’ve got some downtime. 😉 We also printed little downtown maps with our favourite attractions highlighted. My FI’s entire family lives about 2.5 hrs away, so I think they’ll appreciate the warm Detroit welcome. 🙂

Post # 7
672 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

SurelyAsTheSunWillRise:  I have only heard of these for destination weddings, so when we had ours, we gave them out to our guests. I don’t see why they would be given at a local wedding, unless there are guests from OOT that don’t know the area. Ours basically had small items that are useful when traveling, a few medical things(Tylenol sachets, band aids, alka seltzer sachets, etc), some snacks (pistachios, gummies), mini toothpaste, air freshener and sunscreen, tissues, a cooler mug(it was 30+ degrees in the Dominican Republic so drinks melted fast!), and it was all packed in a reusable bag that a lot of our guests ended up using as a beach bag. 

Post # 8
2264 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

SurelyAsTheSunWillRise:  These are definitely not necessary, but they are nice to receive! We are having a wedding downtown and many people are going to travel/stay overnight because we are providing transportation back to the hotel to avoid drinking and driving, so we are probably going to do bags for all hotel guests.

They are just going to be simple bags with a bottle of water, a sweet snack, a savory snack, and a timeline of the shuttle services, as well as a thank you note!

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