Post # 1
I’m trying to decide if I need to put more in my welcome bags. I’m trying to keep these low-cost though, so if I add anything else I don’t want it to cost a lot!
So far in each bag we have a welcome letter, a list of restaurants my FI and I recommend downtown, a downtown map, 2 water bottles, and 2 snack size bags of apple chips (http://www.senecafoods.com/ourbrands/snackchips.shtml).
I was thinking of adding some mini cookies too. I’d just put about 12 of them in a ziploc bag and then wrap the whole thing in a tulle circle.
Does this sound like enough? Can you think of anything else I should add? I’m going for a fall theme!
What are you having in yours?
Post # 3
We had them. We put water bottles, a bag of cookies, some candy, apples, and a little note on the outside to welcome them into town. The guests loved them!!
Post # 4
You can probably get free maps and brochures from the local Visitor Centre.
Post # 5
What about making a CD that features local musicians and bands. That’s an easy low-cost item.
Post # 6
i think that as long as you include a couple of snacks and waters for the room occupants you are good! water is definitely key (especially if people will be drinking at your wedding) maps and brochures for the area are nice too, especially if they will have a lot of free time.
Post # 7
So far I’ve got:
Welcome Letter/Schedule of Events
Visitor Guides (from Chamber of Commerce)
Maps (Chamber as well)
Pain Reliever (for morning after)
Some kind of Snack (haven’t decided yet)
Chocolates or Mints
Post # 8
I think what you have is perfect! Water and snacks are what people appreciate the most the next day.
Post # 9
My wedding is in the Caribbean, and people will be there 4 days to a week — so I felt I needed to go a bit …. overboard. I had someone on Etsy make me tote bags in great fabrics I’d selected. Then I bought a bunch of cool books related to the history of the island, second-hand but in good shape, from AbeBooks.com (super cheap! hardcovers for $2 bucks or so, each with a book plate — Etsy — with our names and wedding date). Also: a cool favor idea I got off Martha Stewart, which is a crossword puzzle i put together with all clues about us and our story. Also: every room is getting a paper parasol from Luna Bazaar for the sun/ceremony Also: little muslin bags (about .50 cents each) hand-stamped with a custom stamp that says "Eat, Drink, and be Married" (which i go off Etsy); inside the bags are really really great mini-sample-size toiletries offf Amazon.com (I mean stuff like Weleda organic toothpaste in a tiny tube, mini-sized Joy perfume soaps, tiny Spanish black-soap hand soaps, plus mini high SPF lipbalms). Also, each bag has a cool little painted-wood Flamenco-ish fan off of eBay…. Finally, a custom wedding map (Etsy again) with the welcome letter. Phew! (Can you tell I really enjoyed this part of the wedding planning?)
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Post # 10
PS: I spent about $22 each for the bag and everything in it ….. But since we don’t have a lot of people coming — only maybe 12 rooms, which means 12 bags in the end — I justified it by thinking it was still a lot lot less than people spend on favors for bigger weddings…. Justify, justify…. justify…
Post # 11
Wow! I’m pretty sure I’ll need to throw some of these together. What great ideas!