(Closed) Guest Bags: BEWARE

posted 9 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m a little concerned about this as well. Too early to tell what people will decide as far as accomodations. Can you pass them out at the rehearsal dinner/ welcome party instead?

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Thats actually a great idea for the welcome party!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I have a similar situation. Most of our guests will be traveling from out of town, but a lot of them will stay with friends or family who are locals. I opted NOT to give them Out of Town bags, thinking that their accommodation hosts will feed them up and be available to answer any questions about how to get around. I will only be giving Out of Town bags to those who are traveling from overseas, as most of them have never been to Africa before. Of course they’re also going to be scattered about, but it’s a more manageable group to locate for delivering the gift bags.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I hadn’t thought of this.  Thanks for the heads-up.  I’m only going to do Out of Town bags for the people who stay at the hotel where we blocked rooms.  Other people are on their own.  However, I think I picked the most reasonable hotel to reserve.  If people are going to splurge on a fancy place, they can spring for their own breakfast treats and ask the concierge for local info.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Oy! 10 different hotels? I’d scrap the entire Out of Town bag idea at that point.

Hmm, unless you were having some sort of “Welcome BBQ” or “Welcome Cocktails” then you could just hand them out to the couples there? That’s a lot of traveling to hand out the OOT bags… What a wonderful hostess you are 🙂

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Whoa…10 hotels…that’s alot.  My fiance and I are thinking of nixing the Out of Town bags. We’ve blocked rooms & yes his family is from the UK & will be coming over and staying at the hotel & I’ll have friends & family there as well but I’m unsure how important they are. I’ve received many and honestly I end up throwing more than half the stuff out because I don’t want to travel with it. We are hosting this extravagant wedding with other weekend plans to share, unsure if the little Out of Town bag is really needed. If anything, we might just give a bottle of wine to those that attend a welcome party.

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Just pass them out early! Let everyone know you can pick them up at the rehearsal or have them sitting out or something, assuming everyone is invited to the rehearsal dinner simce they’re all Out of Town.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

We did Out of Town and drove them around to 4-5 different places, skipped the last one because it was just too far.  I wanted to do the Out of Town to thank everyone who came from out of town for the wedding (and make sure they had all the info they needed!), but at some point you have to be sane.  Pick 1 or more places for Out of Town bags if that is what you want!  Having a recommended hotel or two at most helps 🙂

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Wow that sounds like too much work!!  Hopefully all my guest will stay at the one hotel my Fi and I will be staying.  We listed only one hotel on our invites and I did do price checks and our hotel was about the same as everything else in the surrounding area.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

10 hotels! Why guests think the bride should be waiting on all of them the whole wedding?

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Exactly why I decided against this idea. Nice in theory, but once it gets too complicated, forget it!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Westwind YWCA camp

carpinteria? montecito?

anyone staying in gaviota?? That would just make it even across the board I guess!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I like the idea of welcome bags but since SO many ppl are coming fro out of town, I don’t know if it will be feasible. We may just give them to ppl who get rooms at hotels we block rooms at.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Well I’ve got people staying all over the place.  Some in hotels, camp grounds, rented houses and bed and breakfasts.  I’m not going to do for all of them.  I’m just going to make a hanging tag for the hotel doors that says, “Part of the wedding party”  They can hang it on their doors so that they can meet each other before and after the wedding and have people to carpool with or grab a drink with over the weekend.

Our friend has offered to make our goodie bags for our golf and wine outings.

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