Post # 1
- Wedding: August 2014 - Istanbul, Turkey
If you travelled around the globe to be at a wedding in Istanbul would you expect a gift bag upon your arrival? And if so…what would you like to see in this gift bag?
The challenge I’m having with making/distributing these gift bags that so many people expect for destination weddings is that people are staying at various hotels and arriving on various days. One of the idease was figs, wine and honey, but now I’m worried the figs might spoil if I dropped the gift bags all off on the same day and the person didn’t arrive until 3 days later.
We have so much to do before the wedding day (in terms of legal paperwork) I’m worried I’ll spend the whole week leading up to my wedding as a gift bag deliverer.
How did you handle this if you had a destination wedding with gift bags?
Post # 2
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
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
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 # 5
- Wedding: August 2014 - Istanbul, Turkey
Thank you bees! Yes I forgot to mention that turkish delights were one of the items we had thought of. Luckily my fiance is from Istanbul so I think we can find all the bag ingredients pretty easily. I agreemI need to delegate the distribution of these bags. Delegation is something I struggle with. The other thing we were going to put in there was a map, a short guide to Istanbul adn some ferry tokens since our wedding is in Kadikoy on the asian side and that’s where most are staying. Im just getting nervous I guess about being a good hostess since everyone is coming all that way.
Post # 6
I think your welcome bags sound great!
Post # 7
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
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.