Post # 16
We did small paper bags, and just put local things in them. My hometown (where the wedding is being held) has a specialty fudge shop, for example, so we put some fudge in the bags with a note explaining the connection to the town. The city I live in now is known for its wineries, so we got mini bottles of wine from one of them, and added a note about our current city. Then some tourist information about the town the wedding is in along with a small welcome packet of information from us. That was it!
I understand the points from others who say they’re wasteful and not necessary but you could say that about a lot of things in weddings. I wanted to showcase some of our local things to our guests from out of town, so we chose to do them. And personally, I love getting welcome bags. It’s like the whole party starts as soon as you arrive because you already have something fun to look forward too haha.
Post # 17
What I am doing for our out of town guests will be the standard tylenol, nuts, a piece of fruit. I also called up the city and asked them if they have welcome bags. Most city tourism councles do, they are super helpful, and they put them together for you. It is all printed already, so it’s not guilt on my hands. I am also including a list of all the other family and friend who will be in the same hotel if they want to socialise and a loose schedule of any resturants or gift openings we have planned. Most of our guests are staying 3-5 nights.
Post # 18
We put tissues, advil, tums, hand wipes, maps, itinerary, and snacks (granola bars, cheezits, etc) in our welcome bags.
Post # 19
we were debating this until we found out how much the hotel charges to distribute them!
Our caterer had suggested bagels, cream cheese, orange juice, tylenol & sparkling wine. Sort of a morning after breakfast 🙂
Post # 20
I would want some sort of snack (I’m always hungry after a long trip), maybe a list of highlights or good places to eat in the area, lint roller (everyone forgets this), stain stick (so useful!), mini package of make-up removing/cleansing wipes (for if guests are too exhausted to wash their faces after the wedding), and a note welcoming me and thanking me for travelling for the wedding.
Post # 21
I’ve never received a welcome bag but if I were to get one, I like useful and practical items. I using that as a basis for our guests’ bags.
A welcome note, salty snacks, some candy, water bottle (I’m sorry OP! Our hotel does not have well water so the tap water doesn’t taste very good), a map and directory of the surrounding stores and restaurants, and a note card with our phone numbers just in case they need to reach us for any reason.
Post # 22
I am making “welcome bags” for our out of town guests and one of the things I’m including are a a card of typed out directions to both the ceremony location and the reception location, as most of these folks have never been to the area before. I’m also including a travel size stain remover, travel tyleonol bottle, some sweet treats, and a few other things. We’ll be distributing our welcome bags at the rehearsal dinner.
Post # 23
Since you aren’t doing bottled water, maybe you could get reusable bottles that the guests could use to fill up with tap water?
Post # 24
We’re not doing welcome bags, but the most useful thing I got in one was a package of tissues. I’m sure they intended for us to bring them to the ceremony for our “happy tears” but nobody checked into the hotel until after the ceremony. I ended up carrying the tissues around in my purse for months and every time Fiance would comment on how good it was that Friend K and Friend J had tissues in their welcome bag.
At another wedding my cousin spent days making cake pops for everyone’s bags, but I had no idea she’d put so much effort into them and we didn’t eat them or take them with us. That’s why I’m against the idea, your guests aren’t going to know the significance of each item unless you tell them or they’re super generic. And if they’re really generic then you worry about allergies and food preferences who’s eating gluten this week.
Post # 25
I had thought about that! I might do that.