Post # 1
I’m not a bride, nor am I a bride to be..merely someone who works at a venue that is very commonly rented out for wedding receptions. We’ve been changing things around with menus and packages & such. One thing we would like to begin doing is giving out little “thank you gift bags” after consultations for wedding ceremonies and/or receptions.
What I wanted to ask you was..Have you ever received a gift bag from a potential venue? and if so, what did it contain?
and if not, What would you like / have liked to get in a gift bag from a potential venue?
Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated! Thank you for your time
Post # 3
@chelsss311: Not really. The decision (for me) came down to 1) was the venue what I was looking for- style wise and theme wise? and 2) Was it in my budget and/or they were willing to work with me on that. Unless in the gift bag is a 25% off coupon off the site fee, there’s not much I think, as a venue, you could do to sway me, then again I’m having a relatively low budget affair and was looking for something unique, so it wasn’t like I had to visit many many venues in order to find “the one.”
Post # 4
We got small goodie bags from a few venues at a wedding show we visited. Besides the usual brochures, rates and venue information, one place gave us a pretty sachet of spices that they use to season their signature grilled salmon/seafood dishes, along with cooking instructions. Some gave wedding planners, calendars, bridal themed post-it notes, and one place gave chocolate truffles that they offer as favours. It’s a nice touch, and we definitely remembered them when we got home and looked over all the paper we had accumulated. Several places offered to put us up for a night at their venue. They were hotels/inns and we were specifically looking for Destination Wedding venues within the state, so that was great. We took one place up on their offer and ended up booking with them because we had such a lovely weekend there. I don’t know if your venue has lodging options but it certainly encouraged us to consider the place we booked with because we got to experience it as a guest.
I’ll say a goodie bag makes a very nice impression but like @love108 mentioned, in the end, it won’t be chocolates and calendars that make the decision. The venue has to meet certain requirements first (style, budget, size, facilities offered) and for us, the most crucial part of the consultation was meeting the people who would be critical to the success of our event: the chef, coordinator, activities manager etc and being confident that they are good at, and enjoy what they do, and will help me make my dreams come true! That said, a discount coupon would always be appreciated!
Post # 5
I received a gift bag at a venue I booked for a bridal shower. They host weddings & give the same bag to brides. It had info about the venue, coupons to some local places, mini notebook, pen, candy, personalized chocolate bar, I think a mirror, a coupon for wine (it was a winery), list of preferred vendors. Think that was it. It was a cute little bag.
Post # 6
I can’t think of anything I’d really use from a goodie bag that a venue could afford hanging out – Coupons for differant things would be awesome though, if that’s manageable.
Post # 7
I truly appreciate all of your comments so far. Thank you for your input!