Post # 1
I have been the out-of-town wedding guest on many occasions and now that I’m planning my own, I was thinking about the best ‘extras’ – those little things that really made things easy for me as a guest or made me feel appreciated. (About 50 guests will be out-of-towners.)
Best: Reasonable hotel accommodations, Shuttle service to/from ceremony, reception, and airport, Next day brunch
Could Live Without: Gift bag at the hotel, Guest favors
What about you guys? What have been the best extras vs. those that I could skip?
I am thinking about upgrading the bar (from beer/wine to full) or adding a late night snack (but I have never experienced this). What are other ideas?
Post # 3
Late-night snack is usually a waste in my opinion–at the weddings I’ve attended with it, people are too busy dancing or too full from dinner to really care.
Personally, I love when the Out of Town bag has bottles of water in it. I may have a tendency to overindulge at weddings, so having that in my room the next morning is a lifesaver.
A map with directions from the hotel to the venue, and directions BACK would be great.
Post # 4
I like when people have Out of Town bags. They don’t have to be elaborate but a few bottles of water, some pain killers, and a few snacks goes a long way. Also, a little list of things to do, places to eat, etc can be really nice to have. I have never been a big fan of next day brunch though. If I have been partying all night, I do not want to get up early to eat.
Post # 5
I agree with lostinthemission and Leprechaun– I love a basic out-of-town bag. You don’t have to go all-out, but providing some basic conveniences like bottles of water and a small snack, as well as local maps and contact information, goes a long way. I also really love a shuttle to/from the wedding.
Post # 6
I went to a wedding not too long ago that had a hospitality room in the hotel for Out of Town guests. The parents of the groom were hanging out in there with some drinks and snacks. It was really enjoyable, and it was a nice chance to relax! I mentioned the idea to my parents, and they ran with it… They’re going to copy the idea for our wedding.
Post # 7
I think most of the contents of Out of Town bags are an unnecessary expense. Every hotel I stay at has bottles of water in all the rooms.
The thing I love is a simple welcome card listing some great places to eat, a nearby coffee shop and directions to and from the ceremony and the reception.
Post # 8
@GreenEyedMoon: I love that idea! Did they get a guest room, or was it some kind of conference space?
Post # 9
@MissBananaBread: They had a suite with an attached living room area. My parents are getting the same thing.
Post # 10
@GreenEyedMoon: That sounds like a great idea. When did they host the room? The night before the ceremony or in between ceremony and reception?
Post # 11
I’ve been to so many weddings where not one guest used the shuttle. Everyone just prefered their own cars.
My out of town bags were a hit though.
Post # 12
@Mrs. Halloween: They hosted it before the ceremony at FI’s cousin’s wedding. At my wedding, my parents plan to do it the night before the wedding and between the ceremony and reception, I think.
Post # 13
I agree with the out-of-town bag containing water/snacks and some information about the area– like your favorite restaurants? I hate randomly picking a place to eat when I visit a new place, so it’s nice to have some guidance!
I also agree with not having the early morning brunch. I’m exhausted and feel bad when I sleep through your brunch!
Post # 14
I have never once received a gift bag of anything at any out of the area wedding I have attended. Therefore, I would be thrilled with whatever you chose to offer.