Post # 1
I would like to place a welcome bag into all the hotel rooms of our out of town guests, but I need some major creative help! I want them to be unique, but not cheesy. I was thinking of including things in the bag that my FH and I love (black licorice, root beer, vanilla lotion) but I don’t know if that will just seem like a random hodgepodge, or a creative idea? Please send me your ideas! I am open to anything!
Post # 3
Check out weddingbee wiki for some ideas (above link).
Post # 4
Include the popular items that are recommended in the Wiki, but it’s an awesome idea to include the things you love.
Definitely include a welcome note from you and FH, and you can explain that you included both useful items and items you love. That’ll help minimalize the randomness and make it oh-so-personal, which people will appreciate.
Side note, wedding guests staying at hotels always appreciate a few bottles of water in their baskets so they don’t have to pay the ridiculous prices for water at the mini bar, and it’ll only cost you $5 for a whole case at Costco.
Post # 5
i’d stay away from heavily scented lotions – some ppl may be allergic or hate scented things – then you’d be wasting your money.
i’d go more for bottled water and snacks; maybe map of local area just in case your guests want to go sightseeing??
Post # 6
Thanks for the wiki suggestion! And, I do think that you’re right about the scented amenities Anti-Zilla. I just didn’t want to do a food-only bag … Maybe that is the way to go!
Post # 7
I think it would be cute to have some mini bath essentials in a cute ribbon tie bag because some hotels don’t give them anymore. . . but I’m not sure how you can get them unscented. Rather than candy I would like getting mini shampoo, conditiioner, soap, razor, etc. This is not very romantic and maybe you were looking for something cuter but it is practical.
Post # 8
We attended a destination wedding in Carmel and in addition to the snacks, itinerary, maps, etc., the bride & groom included a CD of their favorite songs since most hotels offer CD players nowadays. It was fun getting ready and listening to their songs, it put us in a happy mood.
Another nice touch might be candles in glass votives, and bedroom slippers since hotel room floors and be kind of gross. Maybe you can go with a "Here’s a few things to make you comfortable and at home" theme.
Post # 9
Welcome bags are always appreciated, I think. For us, we included a welcome note, listed a few of our favorite restaurants that were close by, and a couple of phone numbers should a guest need anything (for us, these were our moms and an aunt– don’t give out YOUR phone number– you don’t need guests calling you as you try to get ready!). We also included directions from the hotel to the ceremony, ceremony to the reception, hotel to the reception, and reception to the hotel (just in case they forgot the info at home). We included lots of snacks, including a few specialties from our hometown, bottled water, and a bottle of wine from a local vineyard. We also wanted to include something extra for the families with kids coming, so we added a couple of hidden picture pages from a big book (the ones that they have to look for things and circle them) as well as some crayons, I think. Oh, and we threw in a sudoku book (found on clearance for only $1/each) for the big "kids." Just have fun with it!