(Closed) Welcome Bag Budget

posted 7 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We did it and started with a budget of $150 for 15 bags (50 guests total). We ended up finding a lot of really great things at Michaels on a 70% left-over-from summer clearance (notepads, lanyards, photo frames, etc) and got an extra 15% off of that. Since our cruiseline supplies guests with lotions, shampoos, razors, etc we are filling in with extra things and it has come in at under $50. Because of the savings, we might buy our guests drink coupons or add OBC to their sail accounts.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@nycbrde2011: Sad day. Have you thought about downgrading the bags and doing a Vistaprint Groupon or something? We found our canvas totes on a super excellent sale at Christmas Tree Shops. I looked at it as just being a vessel to hold supplies in, I don’t thnk anyone’s actually going to carry them after the wedding.

The other option would be pretty paper ones like these

: http://www.escapeconcepts.com/Store/mayqpguestbags.gif

http://www.exclusivelyweddings.com/Weddings/107-1718?refid=pmdigital&utm_source=Froogle&utm_medium=CSE&utm_campaign=NonBrand&cm_mmc=PMD-_-CSE-_-Gifts-_-Froogle

 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I did too initially, until my Fiance mentioned how different my style is from my aunts, cousins and friends. I definitely upgraded the BM’s bags though. They’re getting Vera Bradley totes in their favorite colors and patterns. 😀

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

We didn’t really have a budget in mind other than trying to keep them as cheap as possible and still have them be really awesome and cute!  We got super cute bags from Weddingchicks.com for $3.50 a piece 🙂 They are normally 5 but if you like them on facebook they have sales going on all the time! Here are the bags we got!

They are customizable and they have a ton of different designs. We wanted something that said New Orleans and didn’t have our name or date so that they could use them all the time. We are putting a “hangover kit” which is essentially water bottles and advil lol, a welcome letter, itinerary, walking maps, lots of info about New Orleans and all the stuff they can do, something cool and local from New Orleans, some gum, and some snacks! They are coming out to be around $7 a piece. We have around 50 guests so we’ll probably be making around 20 bags. So that’s around $140!

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@nycbrde2011:

Hi! Aren’t you getting married in the Bahamas? I just got married in Nassau and instead of worrying about gift welcome bags(which can be super awesome none the less) I purchased a Segway tour for about 9 of my guest (offered it to 12 folks but only 7 signed up and we had a BLAST!! I paid for half of the tour and my guest gladly gave me the other half in cash that day. I also clipped a TON of coupons down there for the welcome dinner on the Thursday for a free frozen drink at one of the best restaurants on the island that my guest were very happy to have. We also had a rehearsal dinner on top of the reception so I felt like my guest got a lot of love from us as a couple. Just some other options to think about. 

Also, with the bags,  you have to factor in what the cost would be to get those totes on the plane – Extra baggage depending on the airline ! 

 

 

 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’m kind of splurging on my welcome bags.  The bags themselves wil be $60 for 25 of them plus fillers.  I spoke to a few people who did Destination Wedding and they loved the welcome bag they received when they went so I don’t feel bad speding more than I should probably.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We did one bag per couple, and the total came to around $300 for 50 bags.  We just bought simple white paper tote bags, and made cute labels that said “Welcome to Mexico! May your time here be filled with a lot of love, laughter, and margaritas!”   Inside we put goldfish, cookies, granola bars, gum, advil, hand sanitizer, bandaids, safety pins, and a mini sunscreen. I also included a map highlighted with all the wedding locations, a wedding schedule, and suggestions for restaurants and things to do in the area. Only a few of our guests mentioned them (which surprised me because I LOVE getting welcome bags) but those that did all loved them.

However, knowing what I know now, since so few people said anything about them I don’t know if they were totally necessary.  It was a also a total pain trying to deliver them everywhere.    

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I am doing welcome bags. I got the bags at PaperMart dot com. They have lots of options but I only spent a $1 each. I wanted something our guests could use as beach bags. I am putting in them (so far): two different luggage tags, travel candle, lip balm, hand lotion, hand sanitizer, candy and other snacks, an inexpensive travel mug, a small zippered plastic bag to keep things in the beach bag free from sand and water, flip flop playing cards, welcome letter with schedule, bug spray, powdered drink mix, basic first aid kit (band aids, antibiotic ointment, advil, tylenol, imodium, pepto, etc.), can coozie, shower puff, nail file, post cards, tissue packet, pool raft, and Jamaica tourist guides.

I think my total per bag will be about $10-15, will make about 13 bags (one per couple). I found lots of deals on Oriental Trading, Avon, and on clearance at lots of local stores. I looooove goodie bags so I guess I assume my guests will too!

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Hi there,

I just got married in Mexico and we did welcome bags that were not too expensive!  Granted, what we saved in money, we added in time, but they turned out amazing!  We bought 50 tote bags at http://www.cheaptotes.com.  We just got the natural color canvas totes, but they also come in colors.  They were only 99 cents apiece!  They are lightweight (which was actually a good thing for lugging them down to Mexico) and about the size of an old-school book tote from a library or a book store.  Then I took paper doilies and used them as stencils to paint a design (I used blue acryllic paint) on to each bag.  And I custom ordered a stencil from http://www.stencilease.com for $15 that had the city we got married in and our wedding date on it and stenciled it in the middle of the doily circle.  The paint and doilies I got at Michaels and they really were very inexpensive – I am sure you could get them at Target or Walmart too.  Here is a link to the blog that inspired my project: http://ashleyannphotography.com/blog/2009/11/21/diy-doily-canvas-bag/.  Anyway, I bought all the supplies for each bag once I got to Mexico at the Sam’s Club there and it was inexpensive – I put in maps, a welcome note, a list of activities, water bottles, hand sanitizer, advil, candies, and snacks and the total came to 55 dollars for supplies.  So approximately $120 total for bags and supplies, and people loved the bags and used them the whole time they were in Mexico.  Biggest component was the time factor.  Hope this helps!

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