Wedding Guest Bags

posted 3 years ago in Favors
Post # 2
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Honey bee

If they are traveling, are they really going to want to travel back with all that stuff – coffee, beignet mix, flip flops, beads, etc.?  Flip flops, koozies, and beads would for sure be left behind in the hotel room when I leave (I don’t like flip flops and people who do use them would probably have already packed them).  And unless you live in a very remote location, I can find Cafe du Monde beignet mix at Target or Amazon (and while I love eating beignets, I don’t buy it myself because I don’t have any desire to buy a thermometer and vat of oil and try my hand at deep frying) and I don’t make coffee unless it is from a Keurig since I only drink one cup a day. 

Your intention is nice, but I would take a good hard look at what people traveling are really going to want to lug around and the habits of the people traveling.  Personally, I would prefer things I don’t have to pack in what is probably already my very full suitcase and can be consumed there.  Like, instead of giving me beignet mix and coffee to bring home, what about $5 gift certificate to Cafe du Monde to consume some while I’m there, since there’s a good chance that is one of my pitstops anyway?  Some Zapp’s chips and pralines?  Things of that nature that I can snack on after walking around all day.

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper

avedaprincess :  I agree with pp that it sounds like a whole lot of stuff that is going to be left behind. Honestly save your money, no one needs or should expect a welcome bag. The money would be better spent on something at the wedding or better yet in your savings accounts!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

If you’re really attached to the idea of welcome bags, I’d recommend sticking with a couple of bottles of water and some snacks. You can also include a list of suggested sights to see/places to eat. 

Not sure how many bags you’re looking to order, but you can create custom totes on customink.com and potentially get a great volume discount!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

avedaprincess :  Also agree it’s probably more than necessary and I’d definitely ditch the flip flops – do you know everyone’s foot size anyway or will they be totally generic?

For our bags, we went with some simple stuff for use at the location:  A fresh croissant for a quick snack ro next day’s breakfast, water, bubbles and play dough for the kids.  Then three ‘food’ items that could also be used up, barring one.  Salt Water Taffy to commemorate my home state, Santa Maria Seasoning for his (also used on our wedding meal) and homemade trail mix as a ‘both of us.’  The one thing peopel were most into was that croissant.

So in your case, I’d do the beignet mix and one string of beads for the sake of the theme.  Definitely water, maybe a small sunscreen in case someone forgot.  Can you get fresh beignets or are they only good hot?  Hotel will have coffee already, so maybe skip that one unless it’s a small specialty pack – not everyone likes coffee anyway.  I’d also skip the cups – people are more likely to leave those behind.  Is there a way to bring something local to you two as well?  Thnk snacks, easy to finish off before leaving if need be.  Or something that folds up snugly and takes up almost zero space.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

The suggestion for Zapps chips and pralines is a really good one. 

We put some “hang over relief” goods in our welcome bags. Advil, bottled water, that kind of thing. People were glad to have those items. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I think a welcome bag is a nice idea for people coming from far away. I would include something that the city is known for (food related) – like croissants, cookies, cinnamon buns, etc…  for example – here in Ottawa, Canada we are well known for a pastry called Beaver Tails. 

Include bottled water, sunscreen, and a map of town (maybe one you’ve made personally that highlights important places you think are great for your guests to visit). Thinks that are cheap and crappy dollar store purchases are best skipped. 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

The best welcome bag I ever had was pretty simple: snacks that were local to the region, a mini-bottle of champagne, a book of coupons/pamphlets about the small town where the wedding was (we used one to go out to eat that night), and a little “hangover kit” with powdered gatorade and advil for the morning after the wedding. All things I could use and dispose of during the wedding weekend. Beignet mix, mardi gras beads, plastic cups, and cheap flip-flops would’ve been dunked in the first trash can I saw.

 

Save yourself some of the expense!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

Great advice. I’d add liquor (or a local beer or champagne if they have a fridge). I’m including local chips, nuts, and cookies. 

Post # 13
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609 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

We did welcome bags- they had a wedding weekend schedule, canned cocktail or beer, water, cookies and chips, hand wipes and tissues and I think that’s it. Nothing much to carry home and most could be used on the day.

Post # 14
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7432 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Keep it smaller and more basic. A couple bottles of water, a sweet snack and a salty snack, a map of the local area, maybe some small items like hand sanitizer or lip balm, maybe a small bottle of wine (like the kind that only holds 2’glasses worth) and that’s it. Don’t feel pressured to over-do it. 

Post # 15
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81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2017 - Rome

We are doing them for our wedding – guests are travelling, might as well make them comofrtable and save them a bit of money whilst there! (We have 6 guests – all immediate family) 

We have bought six different tote bags with images of Rome. They were from Zazzle – took a while to arrive but are fantastic quality. There are normally voucher codes for the website – we got one for 30% off and Free P+P.  https://www.zazzle.co.uk/trevi_fountain_in_rome_tote_bag-256527717992749988 

In them we are putting 2 bottles of nice water (Its in Rome in August so very needed, yes the hotel has free mini bars but they dont refill them and the family are there for a fair few days). Some savoury and sweet snacks (bought in Rome itself apart from my Mum who has allergies (but is taking 2 months to drive through Euro to get there!) so i’ll take a home comfort snack for her). 

We are putting in a map. Our own “guide to Rome” with personalised reccommendations and personal favourites from our visits (only one of the family members has ever been there for an extended period of time)

Half of the bags are getting a pack of playing cards and half of the bags are getting a mini travel game. We are both big gamers and having some games and drinks the night before the wedding. 

Each bag gets some tissues. The ladies get some SPF lip balm. Everyone gets a pen – we always forget one on holiday! 

Each person in one family are getting a pre-paid ticket to Ostia Antica (I designed fake ones as we have a boring looking email of prepaid tickets that we will take ourselves) as we are going on a day trip. 

Everyone will get a blank stamped post card. It is our “guestbook”. Guests are asked to write their favourite moments whilst they are in Rome and post it back so we get to read them when we return and put together our own “guest book”.

Parents will all get a couple of tea bags (our hotel doesnt do tea – only coffee! I know my parents cant go without it)

Guide to Rome is A4 page folded into a booklet. It has added gold highlights after printing on front cover. EG Of inside page. (Its a screenshot from Publisher).

    

 

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