Welcome gift bag – Destination Istanbul

posted 2 years ago in Favors
Post # 2
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Tanukiko:  Wow! First off, congratulations on your destination wedding. Istanbul sounds brilliant. 

I think any of your guests would be thrilled just to be in Istanbul, but a welcome bag would be an added perk. I love the idea for wine & honey. My suggestion, to replace the figs, would be to include Turkish Delight. They keep quite well and will represent the local culture. Yum!

If it were me, I think I would put someone reliable in my wedding party in charge of distributing bags to the various hotels. I imagine you’d want to keep your mind on other things that week.

Cheers and best of luck planning. 

Post # 3
352 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Love Istanbul! You will have a beautiful wedding. 

I 100% agree with the PP. The moment I land in Istanbul, all I want to do is eat turkish delight! haha Will you be arriving before your guests? I would go to one of the specialty stores (Asian side of Istanbul) and pick up some turkish delight!! 

Or if you don’t want something edible, you could find some nice spices in the spice bazaar or great turkish coffee for your guests to take home. Possibilities are endless in a city as great as Istanbul!!


Post # 4
5773 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

With guests scattered everywhere, I’d call each hotel and ask them to handle making and distributing the bags. They charge for the bags and service but it’s a lot less hassle, and to me would be worth the price tag. As a guest, I always feel a little disappointed when I don’t get a welcome bag, because I think it’s part of being a good hostess to arrange for them. A bottle of water or two, a little nibble, and a nice hand lotion is just about right. Avoid liquid containers over 3 ounces because, believe it or not, there’s lots of people (like me) who can do an international trip with just a carry-on, and if it comes down to the choice between taking honey/olive oil home vs carry-on only, the liquids get left behind for the hotel staff. 

People have very love-or-hate feelings on Turkish Delight so try not to make that your only snack option. 

Post # 6
28 posts
  • Wedding: June 2014

I think your welcome bags sound great!

Post # 7
889 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Wow…I love Turkey (hence the profile pic) and Istanbul is one of my favourite cities in the world!

what about incorporating the Turkish ‘evil eye’ somehow? Maybe a little magnet or charm…you could then include a little explanation about why it is considered a good luck charm 

Post # 8
715 posts
Busy bee

Tanukiko:  I am admittedly also not a fan of turkish delight; do you know those sesame-honey-bars? those definitly won’t go bad either and are also a  local snack. 

otherwise i agree with pps, coming all the way to Istanbul i would definitly be very happy to recieve a welcome back at my hotel

congrats on the engagement & i am sure it will be a beautiful wedding.

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