(Closed) Hotel gift bags, yay or nay?

posted 4 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
8444 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

BurlapnLace:  We did welcome bags, but most of our guests were traveling and we didn’t have to provide transportation (hotel and all wedding events were at the same location with shops, restaurants, entertainment, etc. within walking distance).  We had tissues, advil, snacks, maps, itineraries, etc in ours and while I think it’s a nice touch, it’s definitely not a necessity.  That being said, I’ve only been to one wedding without welcome bags and it was not the best wedding, but it had more to do with poor planning than lack of a welcome bag.

Post # 3
733 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Yay for us! I always love getting the gift bags! We’re going the costco route too…water bottles, fruit, snacks, Advil, etc. We’ll also throw in paper directions to the venue (vs. only having directions on the website), info about the after party in the hotel lounge and the breakfast the morning after! Should be fun to get the family together to assemble everything! 🙂

Post # 4
199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - The Meeting House/DoubleTree by Hilton

We are doing hotel bags and I think they are a nice touch if you have room in your budget, but they aren’t necessary. Based on my experience, I think most guests would prefer to have transportation than a bag full of snacks.

Post # 5
5161 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

BurlapnLace:  We are going to do them – as much as I agree, they’re just another “thing” to do. I do always like getting them when I stay at hotels – and we only have about 15 rooms of people staying so they won’t be TOO bad. 

Post # 6
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

BurlapnLace:  Personally, I wouldn’t spend my money on it. Transportation would be more functional and a better use of your money.

I think you could also leave a nice handwritten note/card for your guests as an inexpensive alternative and if you wanted to be more sentimental.

Post # 7
1868 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I agree with Miss Milk Cow:  I had them for my guests but as a guest I would prefer the transportation especially if there will be alcohol at the reception. The welcome bags are really nice and you can put them together for little money. We just did bottled water, variety of autin crackers, advil, trail mix, apple and banana. We put them in brown gift bags (you can get them for super cheap) and strung up a welcome card on each one. We probably spent $2 per bag.  

Post # 9
3823 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

BurlapnLace:  Not a necessity. We had about 4 guests stay in hotel rooms but they were part of the wedding party so they were with us most of the time anyway. Only one couple got a chance to sight see while in town. Everyone else just did wedding stuff and went home. But I believe if you’re making up for it somewher else then it’s really not necessary. We didn’t need to provide transportation but we gave out great favors AND we had a photo station so they have the photos from the reception as great keepsakes.

Post # 10
6222 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

I just put in nuts, cookies, pretzels, and Advil from the dollar store. Our guests ate all of it and were happy to have snacks, but i didn’t go overboard. If you want to do something, you could leave a bag of pretzels and some water with a note, which would be really cheap, and then hopefully you could do both that and transportation.

Post # 11
10385 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

They are not necessary, but we did them. Fruit, bottled water, some trail mix or breakfast bars,  snack food,  directions and phone numbers, day after brunch info,  suggestions for things to do in the area for out of towners, and for families with kids, a coloring book with  crayons, activity book etc. 

Post # 12
1243 posts
Bumble bee

We’re not doing hotel gift bags. It’s nice if you have the time and cash to do them. However I believe they are completely unnecessary. For you, I’d say skip the bags and spend the cash on transportation.

Post # 13
4040 posts
Honey bee

Nah! Our guests have already booked at 4 different hotels – with at least 1 outside the block, with the probability of a few more. Theres no way I want to run around and hand bags out. Some will do it at the front desk, or deliver to the room, with a fee, of course; other’s don’t want to be responsible. Since the bridal party and only a few of the other guest are staying over 2 nights, I didn’t think it worth it. About 75% of the guests who will stay over are checking-in at 4:00 PM, getting changed, attending the wedding and reception, having brekfast the next day (buffet included, in most of the hotel rates), and checking-out by 11:00 AM. 

Post # 14
2610 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I wanted to do them initally but then I decided I was too tired, exhausted, and sick of DIY-ing projects that this one got the boot. If there had been more time and I had some friends to help I might have still done them but I don’t regret it, everything worked out fine without them.

Post # 15
487 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

BurlapnLace:  Definitely not necessary, but always a nice touch if you have room in the budget. Even just some bottled water, a snack or two and a thank you note if you want to do something small.  We’re using ours to also put information in the bag about the shuttle times and wedding information (in case they forgot their invite, etc.).

If you have a lot of guests traveling a decent distance, I think they are nice (I tend to eat the snacks in the car on the way home) but again certainly not a necessity.  These are not something to break your budget on or cause any added stress to you!

No one will think any less of you or the wedding if you decide to cross these off of you to do list!

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