Post # 1
We’re having a beach wedding. Pretty much everyone, except for my fiancee’s parents (who live in FL), are flying in to Florida for our wedding next May.
I keep seeing everyone throwing together welcome baskets, and I’ve seen some really cute ideas.
We’re already doing a ‘Welcome Card’, and an itineraray. They’re ADORABLE.
I was going to get hand-stamped muslin bags that say “Love it Sweet”, filled with salt-water taffy and place those with the welcome note and itinerary.
Depending on how many guests RSVP — max would be between 20-23, I was going to have personalized beach towels from Etsy made. It would cost me an extra $250.00 for the towels.
I know I could do welcome bags much cheaper, but I don’t feel like I want to.. is it totally necessary? Or could I get away with doing the bags of candy?
Post # 3
@KaitPar1: Nothing is necessary, so no you don’t have to… you are giving them something which to me isn’t necessary either. You’ll be fine with what you have.
Post # 4
They’re totally unnecessary!! I’ve never received one for any wedding I’ve been to — destination or no. We did make small welcome bags for our four international guests for our upcoming wedding, but only because it was a manageable amount. I think your idea of a welcome card, itinerary, and a bag of candy would be very well received!
Post # 5
We did a “welcome sheet of paper” aka itineraray. haha. Welcome gifts are so unnecessary.
Post # 6
Welcome bags are not necessary. They are one of those nice things that somebody did once, others read about it on a blog, and now it is assumed that everyone does it.
Post # 7
Haha. Thank all of you SO much!! I was hoping to get posts EXACTLY like yours…instead of a bride saying “Yes, of course. Don’t be rude”
Thanks for all of your replies. I appreciate it 🙂
Post # 8
I don’t think they’re necessary at all.
Post # 9
I don’t think they’re necessary. It can be nice for people staying in a hotel to have a bottle of water and some small things like mints and Advil, so they don’t have to buy them from the hotel shop. But the main thing is the welcome note, and schedules and directions and things. I think the towels are pretty swanky – I’d be thrilled!
Post # 10
I’ve been to many weddings with them. That said, they’re usually very simple– a bottle or two of water, a couple of granola bars, and a few hershey’s kisses. Sometimes a welcome note with instructions for the shuttle bus or something.
I always appreciate them and plan to do them. But– they don’t have to be anything fancy! I would do what you’re planning on if you want to do them, but skip the towels.
Post # 11
I mean, I would also be psyched to get a towel! But I certainly wouldn’t expect it.
Post # 12
I don’t think they’re necessary but I’m doing them anyway, lol. Just twenty of them. I’m keeping them super cheap though. Some bottles of water, granola bars, gummy bears or something along those lines in brown kraft bags I bought on clearance at Target for about 50 cents each. I’ll buy the supplies at BJs. If you want to do them, maybe find a cheaper alternative?
Post # 13
@jennicole01: amen. Maybe welcome bags/OOT bags are another one of those regional things, but I’ve never seen them done here, and would be really confused if I did. Nobody will expect towels. Keep costs down and stick to the plan 🙂
Post # 14
I’m not doing them. Not in our budget and people are staying wherever they want so I really don’t have the time before the wedding to drop off bags at 10 different hotels. And honestly, most people outside of wedding planning don’t even really know what they are.
Post # 15
@Almost Mrs.P: THANK YOU. You have solved my OOT planning. We’re already planning on a bottle of wine and glasses for the rooms with some local olives (we’re getting married on an olive orchard).
Wasn’t sure when to stop though, bottles of watter, baskets of fruit, flowers, lotions, bug spray, flip flops OH MY. These were all of the coordinators ideas. But it’s not so much our style. We want simple and put together. I love DIY and am DIYing a lot but unlike many bees on here I just don’t have the skills to make granola bars and packages of tylenol look pretty. Those gable boxes full of treats with labels and stuff!!! So awesome. I’m really amateur.
But the Chocolate kisses near a welcome card. That’s perfect!
Post # 16
@Almost Mrs P- sounds like your going to have a beautiful wedding!!