Post # 1
Besides some friends and family, most of our guests will be traveling anywhere from 45 minutes to 3-4 hours to come to our wedding. We really only have a handful of invites going to anyone who is actually flying in for it. I don’t have a problem with giving welcome bags, but just wanted to know what others constituted as out of town guests, which obviously if they live out of town – they would.
Post # 2
We decided not to do it (daughter #2) as the venue is between the two families – with the potential for 100% out of town guests – either 3.5 hours east or 1.5 hours west. Also, we blocked rooms at 4 hotels and 2 said there would be a $3 fee, to deliver the bags to each room. We will have no idea where people are staying. If we had chosen a more remote location, with a couple of hotels, and not a resort area destination, with dozens of hotels, we could have considered it.
When my first daughter was married only 4 guests flew-in for the wedidng, and they only stayed at the wedding hotel for 2 nights – plane got in 5:30 PM the night before the wedding and they left the hotel before breakfast – 8:00 AM the morning after. I sent them a link to recommended resturants, in the area, since they didn’t stay long enough to do anything else.
Post # 3
Thanks for the info, and that does make sense. We haven’t booked a venue yet for the reception, but it will a hotel in town which will allow for blocks of rooms to be reserved for those who need it. Also, my sister works for a company who owns some hotels, so she is able to get friends/family discounts anywhere with those hotel brands, as long as room is available. So, she’ll be getting them for our family members who won’t be staying with my parents. I’ll probably have some friends go that route too, just to save them some money. Everyone else (or most everyone else) can crash at someone’s house, or will be driving home that evening – unless they book a room.
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Kacie209: We gave bags to everyone who stayed in a hotel and to family members who crashed at my parents’ big house. All the other travelers – people who had family or friends in town and stayed with them – didn’t get one, because the logistics were too complicated for delivering the bags. Plus, the welcome bag mainly contains things like snacks, sunscreen, etc. We figured the people staying with friends or family could scrounge that up at their hosts’ houses.