Destination Wedding Gift Bags

posted 8 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

i was wondering how you packed these?

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

we are having our ‘destination wedding’ in vegas, and there is NO WAY i am doing this.  Its way too much out of budget and unnecessary.  I don’t think anyone will miss them one bit.  Or expect them for that matter, however I am going to subscribe to see how these went over because, i may have to hit up the dollar store depending on how many guests I get, and there will only be 1 per room…

so we will see…. 

Ronney

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I have thought about doing this. we are going to jamaica. about 25 people. once i added up how much eveything would be, holly crap. Also i woulld have to pack a whole other suitcase for the stuff. However, i found out the resort we are staying at does gift baskets. they can have them in the rooms for when people arrive!! how nice would that be! and way cheaper! find out if the resort your staying at does something like this….i am bringing some thank you cards with all the wedding info and gonna put those in everyones room the second morning! hope this helps

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I am doing it, and yes, you have to pack a whole other suitcase (which will cost me about $20.00).  Each bag assembled was about $30.00.  I have 15 guests….but they are all spending about $1600 each to attend the wedding, so I thought it was a nice thing to do.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’m totally with you on the welcome bags but maybe just scale back a little to save money…?  I’m planning on doing them as well but I’m hoping to spend less than $20 per bag.  It would be really disappointing to spend time and money on the bags and then have people just discard certain items.  Like sunscreen for example, shouldn’t everyone already be bringing some?  Love the tide pen though 🙂

@mmcmahon:

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Maybe you can include local items – snacks and souvenirs? also add other items that you can easily get from there. that way, you won’t be carrying too much on your way there.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I did welcome bags.  I know they were unnecessary but everyone loved them and it was a small gesture to thank them for traveling to my wedding.  You can cheap tote bags for under a $1 each.  We had ours printed with a Palm tree and Bahamas under it.  For the goodies, I went to the dollar store to get plastic water bottles and aloe gel/lotion, office store for advil packs and hand sanitizer, and walmart for assorted snacks. 

I didn’t do sunscreen since everybody knew to bring it (it’s the Bahamas afterall!). It’s been 2 months since the wedding and I’ve seen people using the bags and surprisingly the dollar store water bottle!

I had 25 bags and probably spent about $150 on the “stuffings”.  I then printed welcome booklets out of card stock with a welcome letter, map of events, itinerary (cuz no one brings their invitation with them), things to do and things to know about the island, and info on our photo share site.  I can email you my welcome book document since I don’t have any pics to show – I just did it in Word.

Our bags actually didn’t fit in our suitcase so we packed a large Home Depot cardboard box, taped it up and checked it as an extra bag on the flight.  If your destination is out of the country, I would not recommend shipping it as I’ve heard it can be expensive and could get lost with customs. 

Good luck!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I did welcome bags as well.  I know people wouldn’t necessarily miss them, but I thought it was a nice gesture for people spending money to come to our wedding.  We got a bunch of things from dollar stores.  I also did small tubes of sunscreen that were $1 each.  Things that I wanted in the bags that were more expensive: coozies for drinks and sunglasses.  I did advil like you along with snacks and hand sanitizer.  I just think the bags are fun.  I also had a folder with everything that was happening for the wedding and I put fliers out in the lobby of the hotel of things to do in the area in the folders for people to have.  Those fliers were free.  Haha.

Post # 11
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: November 2010

We have a large group coming to ours in Costa Rica – just over 30 people. We are doing something for each couple. I would just get the trial packs of items and you can do bags for really cheap. I’m looking at chapstick with SPF, trial packs of advil, mini-lotions, etc. 

If transporting it is the problem, you can do an airport bag, epending on when your flight is, and if everyone is on the same flight i.e. granola bar, gum, etc. Small stuff they might have forgot that they can stash in their carry-on. 

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2016

Let check this snap. This is not mine but i prepared as same. I used organza gift bags for my cousin’s wedding. My relatives told me that ” gift bags really awesome idea “. At this time, i would like to thank you for CAWraps. because they sold me the gift bags.

Hello Everybody,

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I don’t think it’s necessary (but then again, not much is) but I do think it’s a really nice thing to do, particularly for guests who have to invest a lot of time and money into travelling. That said, I wouldn’t put too much stuff into these baskets since 1) it’s expensive and will take up precious luggage space and 2) if it doesn’t fit in their suitcases for the trip home they will likely leave it behind anyway. Edible stuff (like the candies in the bags above) are great and I think a welcome letter with a list of the program for the wedding is also a really good idea. Definitely see if you can coordinate this with the hotel, most probably have stuff in place to do this for you.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

i love the idea of welcome bags, and i am actually doing that instead of little gifts at the wedding. (I will have a basket of pashminas at my reception though) i am doing very similar items and i was also planning to include a mini white barn candle in the bags. i have time so i am watching for when they go onsale for a dollar each, but Fiance & i are candle obsessed so i wanted to share that with out guests. plus, white barn candles smell so nice. and if ppl don’t want to burn then in the room (IE: the rule followes lol), they are only the size of a shot glass so they can easily be packed and taken home.  i am also  planning to do the paper fans… they are cheap/cheesey but i think they’ll be fun for pics and i know my family and FI’s family and they will def use them by the pool/on the beach. 

also, i would do aloe of a nice after sun lotion instead of sunscreen… i am SURE everyone will bring that but not everyone will pack the after sun stuff. 

I am also doing a chapstick with a good SPF in it… people forget about their lips! (and by people, i mean mostly dudes LOL) 

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