When to Give Welcome Bag for Destination Wedding

posted 2 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 2
1769 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’ve only gotten welcome bags for destination weddings when checking into hotel or the bag was waiting in our room.  It seems odd to give them out in advance.  Then it’s not really a welcome bag and the guest would have to pack the items in their luggage and bring the items themselves to be able to use them during the trip?  

ETA: I think I might remember the wedding you’re talking abt.  Wasn’t that their save the date or something & not their welcome bag?  I think they shipped out a box that had all kinds of stuff from their destination as part of their save the dates.

Post # 3
2358 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I spoke in advance with the hotel where my guests booked. They were handed out to guests by name at check in. I would have liked to have had the bags waiting in the guest rooms but I was informed that the actual room number is not selected until actual arrival at check in desk, unless the person booking the room requests a specific room number. Since I left it up to my guests to book when and where they wanted, that wasn’t going be an option. All guests ended up booking at the hotel we suggested so, it worked out for all the bags to be handed out at check in.

Post # 4
2731 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

I like the check in idea but I think we are going to do them at the welcome party.

Post # 5
1737 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - 13th ~ TN

I have to ask, what is a welcome bag?

Post # 6
8388 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’ve always gotten welcome bags when I checked into the hotel (this is also what we did for our wedding).  Like Shkragoldfish mentioned, your guests would end up having to pack up their own welcome bags if you handed them out in advanced, which makes them seem much less “welcoming.”

Post # 8
2918 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

That is odd to give it to your guests before you go.  Like others said, our guests received their welcome bags when they checked in at the resort

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