(Closed) Out of Town Guest Bags

posted 5 years ago in Guests
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

It’s a nice thing to do, but it’s certainly not necessary–and similarly, I think guests appreciate it if it’s there, but don’t even notice if it’s not. I think this is one of those things that it’s ruled by budget above all else. 

What IS helpful for Out of Town guests is to have a nice, comprehensive website that includes all the relevant information an OOTer would need in one place. 

Post # 3
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928 posts
Busy bee

They are nice but not necessary. Be aware that they can often be forgetten by staff when people are checking in. The last 2 weddings I was at that had them- DH and I didn’t recieve but my parents did so I know they made them for guests.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Loveless Barn

My future Mother-In-Law is doing these for us (love her and her helpfulness) but she also used to work for the welcome center in the town where she lives and has some connections with obtaining tourist type things. She plans to include a travel guide for Nashville (where I live) along with bottled water and some small snacks (from Costco). So, nothing major and shouldn’t be too costly. She just ordered brown paper bags in bulk and some fun stickers with our names on them to attach. 

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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nikkikeesee:  I made them for my wedding and I put in some snacks, a bottle of water, gum, candy and a welcome note for our guests letting them know what time everything was happening and asking them to join us for breakfast the next morning. Our guests loved them!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

For our out of town guests we are doing a ‘welcome to Philly/ our wedding’ bag! It’ll have tasty kakes, peanut chews, those bride and groom marshmallows, mentos, mini packs of Tylenol, water, and hard pretzels. I am considering if I should splurge and buy mini soft pretzels and individually wrap them in cellophane to put in the bag.

 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Given that we just moved here last summer and grew up in different states (I’m from Illinois and he’s from Arkansas), something like 90% of our guests are from out of state. We’re most likely not doing welcome bags, since we don’t have any idea where everyone will be staying at the moment. That’s going to come down to budget. Either way, we’re probably doing folders with pertinent info for those in the bridal party.

If we do welcome bags, it’ll be a couple of snacky things, a water bottle or two, and a folder with touristy information, a map, and driving directions to the wedding from the main strip. We live in a very tourist heavy area (just outside Orlando, FL), so we’re sure that people will get at least some use out of the tourist information.

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