Post # 1
We’re having a Destination Wedding and plan to provide gift bags to our guests, possibly doing a “nicer” gift bag in lieu of favors at the reception (for a variety of reasons there are some logistical problems with having the favors at the reception).
I’ve listed a few of our potential problems. How have other Destination Wedding brides done or plan to do bags under the following circumstances, especially considering that a lot of the stuff in the bag is going to be of the “welcome to _____” variety.
1. Guest lives on the island year-round – they won’t really need the bottled water, various guides and books, and might not care about the novelty locally-made candies.
2. Guest/guest’s family has a vacation home at the destination already – same issues as #1.
3. Guests are renting a house – do we hound them for the address?
4. Guests are staying at a hotel that isn’t part of our block – do we hound them for hotel name/arrival date?
Especially w/r/t #1 & #2, we consided dropping off a bag filled with different kinds of things – maybe a bottle of wine and chocolates instead of the touristy stuff? But is that really fair to the other guests?
Post # 3
The whole pupose of givig out Out of Town bags, as i understood it, is to thank people for coming out of town and traveling to your wedding, so i see no need to give them to the people who live there, or the people who have a vacation house there… the people staying at a nothe rhotel, i would find out which hotel and bing the bag there, or have a friend do it once they have arrived. same goes for the renting a house people. I don’t think you will have to “hound tehm” for the address, they will probably hand it right over when you ask. 🙂
I woudl just forgo favors at the actual wedding if its too difficult
Post # 4
@Ms Rocky Point: Thanks for the input! I thought that about the Out of Town guests as well, but was afraid the lack of reception favors meant we should treat the bags more like traditional favors and distribute to everyone (especially since they’ll be nicer because of it). But I get it… it’s silly to drop-off a “welcome” kit to someone’s home.
Post # 5
Ughhh….the dreaded gift bags. I know exactly where you are coming from. We had 7 of the 25 attendees that live in Vegas (our DW). Pretty much most of the guests were staying at various hotels and coming in on various days and honestly, I didn’t want to deal with the logistics so I nixed the idea of “Welcome Bags”.
Instead, we did really “nice” bags as the favors but left out the brochures, etc. since that info was on our website.
Originally, I was going to put things in there from our hometowns but it seemed stupid to give his family stuff they can get anyways and vice versus. Since we live overseas, we brought tons of chocolate that they don’t sell in the U.S. We put even more snack type things in there. Plus, water bottles with our names on it (I surprised how much people loved these) and I put reusable shopping bags in there since that’s what everyone uses in Europe.
I can’t remember what else went in them but I had nice gift bags and made luggage tags with everyone’s name on them and tied them to the outside. I got a lot of compliments on the bags and the photographer took several pics of them b/c he thought they were cool.