Post # 1
I’m having a small wedding and my fiance really wants to give all our guests really nice favors/ mementos. Because we’ll have so few guests, I told him the best way to do this could be an out of town bag, especially since none of our guests will be local to where the wedding is taking place. Some of what we’d like to include would be barbecue sauce, Ale-8 (local soda), or bourbon.
However, I hesitate to include liquids in case people want to take them home and can’t take the size on the airplane. I know that for a short weekend I wouldn’t check a bag, and the only reason I would check it would be to take my BBQ sauce. Most airlines are charging extra fees to check bags, too.
So – is this a silly concern? Should I include the goodies I want my guests to have and let them worry about the transport? Or should I focus on other things to do and use my money wisely so I’m not giving them something they might leave behind?
Post # 3
Wow! Yet another thing I would have completely ignored/forgot about! Goodness that’s a really good question. I don’t think we planned to include any liquids like that (besides water bottle but that is for them to use while they are at the hotel) … I hate to say it but I too would not check a bag for a wedding weekend, and thereofre would probably have to throw away your gift – which your guests won’t want to do! Can you try to find mini (less than 3 oz) versions? Or maybe it might even be better for you to buy it in bulk and transfer to a small "airplane allowable" sized containers? Hmmm … sorry I’m not much help!!
Post # 4
Could you buy those little airplane-approved ones and then fill them up with things they’ll need JUST for the weekend? Or something cool, like a neat little bottle of tiare oil if you’re going to Fiji for your honeymoon for example? Sounds like a hefty DIY project to me!
I was going to get my Bridesmaid or Best Man a welcoming basket since she’s flying in from Cali. I feel like she deserves a little somethin’ extra. I think we may have a few friends flying in…it will really depend on who is flying in and staying in a hotel. If we have like, 5 guests doing that I’ll go through the trouble of mini cutesy bags. If it’s too many, I don’t think it’s a big deal b/c ppl don’t notice!
Post # 5
I hate to say this, but even in airplane approved sized bottles, I would probably end up having issues. My quart-sized ziploc is already stuffed when I don’t check a bag – unless I’m going to trash my travel-sized shampoo (not likely, it’s even more expensive in those little bottles) I’m not going to have room for BBQ sauce. I would try to concentrate on things that your guests can take with them, so your favors don’t end up left in the hotel rooms. Not only is that a waste of money, it will probably make leave your guests feeling some combination of sad and annoyed. Even though the things you thought of first are all liquids, I’m sure with a little more brain-storming you can come up with non-liquid favors.
Post # 6
could you do a dry rub instead?
Post # 7
I would stick to none liquid favors.
What area are you trying to represent in your bags, I am sure people on these board might have some suggestions for you!
Post # 8
For a wedding, I always have to check a bag because I have to have a hanging bag for dresses and dh suit. So we always have at least one checked bag. Every airline that I know of gives you one free checked bag, so don’t let that change your mind.
I like the idea of local favors.
Post # 9
- Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay
Yes, I say go for what YOU want to give as favors! It is a wondeful, thoughtful gift! Let them take care of their baggage on the way home – most of them will check it if they have something over the ounce limit.
Post # 10
also could you find something with the sauce in it like bbq pretzels? Even if i was checking a bag i might still try to ship something like that, i have bad luck with breakage.
Post # 11
Thanks, all, I knew when I was hesitating that I probably shouldn’t do it. It’s such a treat for me to have my wedding in central KY, which is the area where I went to school and near where we live now. It’ll be a new place for both our families, so I wanted to show off some of the local stuff but of course I’m all focused on food & drink.
I think I’ll compromise by having bourbon and Ale-8 at the reception and figure out other stuff to put in the bags. The soda is something you really can’t get anyplace else and I really want people to be able to try it.
I couldn’t imagine mixing food in travel-size bottles with my shampoo, etc, so that wouldn’t be an option. Like suzanno, my quart size bag is usually busting at the seams!