What's in your welcome bag/box?

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 2
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Busy bee

We did a box that included two bottles of water, chips, cookies, peanuts, candy, little packets of Motrin, gum, and a paper with all the wedding weekend info. I’m trying to upload a pic for you but for some reason it’s being funny 🙁

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

MrsUPS:  Each Guest will get a welcome bag. Since we don’t know how many people will stay in 1 room (each room holds up to 4 people), we are just gonna pack each bag indiviudally and we will explain this when we drop them off at the hotel lobby. We are going to include a bottle of water, snacks and we got a local travel/tourism place to provide some phamphlets and a booklet of different places in the area and it includes coupons and maps of our city. 

I wouldn’t put anything wedding related in it as you have mentioned people forgetting them plus if you put other papers into the bag, it can get lost in it. They are gonna be at your reception for how many hours? If you want to make sure people don’t forget, place a stack on each table with a sign explaining what to do, or as you walk around the room remind everyone to fill it out. You could also place this next to the guest book so people see them and think to fill them out (unless this is like your guest book than just make sure you have someone in the wedding party standing near it to explain it)

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Ok I just wrote this all out but then the browser crashed and I lost it so I’m going to make it brief.

We did a bag that included:

-Two bottles of water

-Two Full size candy bars (assorted hershey’s, reese’s, snickers, etc.)

-Two packs of cheese and crackers

-A postcard from the resort our recepetion is at

-A welcome packet with itinerary for the weekend

-A tourism booklet from the town the wedding is in

Our main goal was to provide our guests who are all staying for the weekend at a semi-destination wedding with info on things to do, the itinerary for the weekend, etc. and a snack and a drink since they will all have just driven/flown a few hours when they check in. We did one bag per room (individual, couple or family) and we bought the bags, tissue paper at michaels and the front I designed and printed at staples.

They came to about $2.50/bag and I think they’ll serve their purpose. I’ve seen much more extravagant $15 bags on the bee with souvineers, alchohol, gift cards etc. but that wasn’t in our budget and they needed to be budget friendly or be scrapped. I think they turned out cute and functional for our navy and yellow wedding.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

MrsUPS:  Here’s what’s in ours:

– re-useable lunch sized tote & tissue paper in wedding colors (peacock & chartreuse)

– printed wedding schedule of events & emergency contacts card

– printed sheet of map and walking directions between hotel, ceremony, reception, and rehearsal dinner venues

– maps and brochures of local attractions (got these free from local welcome center)

– two city postcards wrapped in a welcome message belly band

– Asher’s keystone crunch bag and two Utz snack products (all made in PA)

– tissues with “for your happy tears” sticker on it

– shoe shine wipe packet

– two water bottles

– bag of assorted Hershey candies (a nod to nearby Hershey, PA)

– PB&J granola bar (FI’s initials are PB and my first name starts with J)

– “Hangover survival kit” – Alka seltzer, Advil, Yogi Detox tea, Emergen-C, two instant organic coffee packets, Gatorade mix, ear plugs, Altoid smalls, band-aid

As for the date night cards, I agree with other bees that they should not be included in the welcome bag lest they be forgotten.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

MrsUPS:  The hotel with our wedding block keeps the bag at the welcome desk to give to the guest upon check-in. I have heard of some hotels that will place the bag in the guest’s room in advance for a nominal fee.

We only have one person staying at a different hotel that is located less than one block away, so a mutual friend volunteered to deliver that bag.

There are no children staying in our wedding block. However, we are providing a children’s wedding coloring book that will be placed at the child’s seat at the reception. Other ideas I’ve seen include a children’s toy basket at the reception and/or activity books + activity placemats.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I am still planning mine but since almost everyone is coming from out of state and Oregon (Portland is where we are) is fun and quirky, I am going to do everything local. We are going to put a bird on the tote bag. If you do not watch Portlandia, you should..there are a great skit about how we put birds on everything (so true) and yeah, cracks me up. 

2 bottles of water (this might not be local…but everyone needs water!

Local: soda, beer, chocolate, chips, crackers

Portlandia book 

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

All of our guests are staying at the resort that the wedding is at, so we didn’t have to worry about that. Our hotel hands them out for free at check in or will put them in guests rooms for free, but I know one place we originally looked at charged $2 per bag…dumb. We don’t have child specific bags, however the children in the family are obviously welcome to share the treats/drinks with their parents. We do have homemade children’s coloring/activity books, crayon packets, and bubble blowers at the children’s place settings as well as a plastic mason jar sippy cup at each of their place settings, since the adult’s favor is a glass mason jar mug.

 

Hope that helps!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

MrsUPS:  I’m getting married at a hotel/casino so I am only leaving them at the hotel I am providing information on but I also told my guests if they needed an alternative place to stay so if they say where they are staying I could drop bags off. We are having a 19+ wedding as we are getting married at a hotel/casino and the laws of Ontario state that no one under the age of 19 can be in a casino. If we were having kids, maybe substitute fruit snacks but everyone can have water. Just think its a nice gesture to provide but not manditory so I’m sure guests would be grateful for anything provided!

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