Welcome Gift Bags: Do Guests Really Like/Expect Them?

posted 3 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
715 posts
Busy bee

@brendaray2009:  Hi, I think they are thoughtful and  a nice gesture and it’s possible to keep them simple and keep the cost down. (some bottled water, maybe some snacks, maybe a brouchure or printout about the area…) 

if you don’t have time or a budget for that, I’d skip them though. I think people still do know how to use a vending machine or can be asked to drive to the gas station / convenience store / cvs if they forgot something. I don’t think anyone has the right to complain if you’re not providing them.

Post # 4
547 posts
Busy bee

@brendaray2009:  I have never expected to see them at a wedding. When they are there, I haven’t wanted or needed one, and most get left behind. I say skip ’em, especially if you want to watch what you spend. They’re extraneous. 

Post # 5
5207 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

@brendaray2009:  I never even heard of them before Wedding Bee. What exactly are they for?

Post # 6
2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We were going to do them, but my mom was recently at a wedding that had them and she didn’t really notice it and it got left behind, so as more of the budget is getting spent we decided to skip them

Post # 7
1197 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

we went to one wedding that had them, and we maybe used the bottled water.  I still have the bag as a memento.  I’d say skip it unless your are doing a destination wedding or a lot of your guests are out of towners.  you can put info about things to do in the area on your wedding website.

Post # 8
3389 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Skip them! We had a DW and handed ours out at the rehearsal dinner. People appreciated the water and snacks but they were unnecessary, time consuming, and expensive. If I could do it again I would have skipped them. 

Post # 9
170 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

When I go to a wedding out of town I do appreciate getting them, but I’ve never heard anyone complain that they didn’t get one. They aren’t necessary and I’ve only ever missed one once, but that was because I was an idiot and forgot to bring my water bottle and the hotel cups were tiny.


If you’re watching your budget I think you can skip it easily enough with no complaints but if you really want one it doesn’t need to be extravagent. Just a bottle of water and some snacks would be enough.

Post # 10
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I think they are a “nice thing”… but I’ve certainly never expected them when I go to an OOT Wedding… If they are given they are always a “nice surprise”

In truth the only time I was blown away was not so much that the “Goodie Bag” had anything different than the norm in it…

BUT that it was a Beach Wedding, and the couple instead of using pretty paper bags used Kids Plastic Beach Buckets (very creative).  I remember when we checked into the Hotel and seeing these primary coloured buckets lined up behind the Front Desk how pretty they looked.

Definitely brought a smile to my face when I was handed one… and sort of set the tone for the whole “Beachy Weekend”

Hope this helps,


Post # 11
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I considered them for about 5 minutes, but they were SO expensive!

So we didn’t do them. None of our guests noticed or cared as far as I can tell!

Post # 12
6692 posts
Bee Keeper

They are pretty common at the out of town weddings I attend,  but  are, of course,  optional. As a guest I do like them.  We went to Costco and  did them at a very reasonable cost. 

Post # 13
490 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I went to two out of town weddings and there wasn’t a welcome bag.  I didn’t even know they were a thing until I started posting here.  I didn’t do them for my wedding.

I think they’re a nice surprise, but not required.

Post # 14
1629 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

@brendaray2009:  No. I think that they are really nice if you have quite a few guests from out of town who do not really know the area and it is ready atthe hotel for them – something like a map, list of things to do, etc. Nothing crazy.

Post # 15
263 posts
Helper bee

I don’t think they’re a thing here in the UK, so I wouldn’t notice if they weren’t there. They sound bizarre, like a party bag at a kid’s birthday. What kind of things even go in them?

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