(Closed) Welcome Bag/Basket

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’ve been researching this all day trying to find ideas myself as to what to put in my guest welcome bags. I really would like to do a monogrammed canvas bag/tote with a monogrammed travel cup/mug. Haven’t been able to find a website that offers these things in a bulk price. I would need about  15 of each and from what I’ve seen so far, this could get very pricey for this destination budget bride.

Post # 4
49 posts
  • Wedding: May 2013

The sooner you decide what you’d like to include the more time you’ll have to shop deals and sales.

My Out of Town bags are almost done. Each will include:

Baggu bag

bubba mug (AI resort so this is good for fewer trips to the bar)

manicure kit

sewing kit

42-pc first aid kit

deck of playing cards

AD medication


sunscreen wipes

SPF lip balm

Aloe vera

Purell wipes 

resuable ziploc Tili bag to hold medication items

jelly bracelet watch (most people won’t have cell phone handy)

waterproof keycard holder (for roomkey and tips)

engraved pen with wedding information

travel sudoku book

We had stickers made for the first aid box, business cards made to explain what keyholder is (just going to insert) and printed up a welcome letter w/ schedule of events. All of that was free with vistaprint. The pens were half price with a vistaprint groupon as well.

I’m making between 18-22 bags and they’re costing about $30 apiece. I budgeted for $800 so I’m coming in under.

There’s a really good thread on a DW-specific board that goes into good/bad items based on others’ trips. I can send you the link if you want.



Post # 5
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

This isn’t for a destination wedding so it’s much more simple, but I thought I’d share in case someone else happens across this thread. I have to do somewhere between 60 – 90 of these bad boys, so keeping the cost down was very important for me.

Total cost right now is about $2.40

2 bottles of water – 26 cents (HANDS DOWN, cheapest place to get it is Aldi, and the bottles look nice)

2 pack of Advil – 25 cents (Amazon)

Pack of Wrigley’s Gum – 21 cents (Aldi)

Package of roasted peanuts – 27 cents (GFS)

Single Serve Package Baked Lays/Pretzels/Chips – 44 cents (GFS)

Cereal Bar, like Nutrigrain Bar – 26 cents (Aldi)

Purple Kraft Bags – 50 cents, including shipping cost (PaperMart)

White Tissue Paper – 2 cents (Hobby Lobby or wherever)

Welcome brochure/note – ~10 cents (VistaPrint with Groupon)

Brochures from local attractions/chamber of commerce/visitors bureau – Free

Post # 6
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

We are going to gift Out of Town gift baskets, it’s a 3 day affair so we’re going to have all kinds of things in it. It’s also going to be 1 per room or cottage rented. So rooms that only have 2 people staying will have less in it than cottages that have 9 people staying in it.

Our Out of Town baskets will include :

– disposable forks, spoons, plates & bowls.

– mircowave type foods [rice, macaroni, popcorn]

– ready to eat snacks

– assorted lotions & bath supplies

– assorted candies

– assorted breakfast snacks [granola bars, muffins, donuts]

– itinerary of the wedding events, listing of local restaurants & stores.

– drinks [bottle water & a few flavored packets, a couple sodas]

– coffee, tea, sugar & creamer.

– tissues

– aleve or tylonol

– gum & mints

Post # 8
2743 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

We’re going to do them too.


I plan on doing them with disney reusable shopping bags.

We’re going to include a disney folder inside with our wedding information schedule for the Friday- Monday of the wedding. We’ll include park pamphlets and some tips. For instance we’re going to reccomend our guests avoid MK the day before our wedding due to the princess marathon completing in that park. Unless they’re running it with me, my cousins, a friend of mine down there, and one of my bridesmaids, or they wish to watch us finish. We will include recommendations for how to tour each park, and which rides to get fast passes for in these packets. I go to Disney almost every year for the last 5 years so I’m pretty versed in the most efficient way to see the park and the best sites/eats. We will also will include bus and driving information to the ceremony location, and any other events we hold plus reminders for which are out of pocket. We will probably give these out at the Welcome Party but I’m not certain yet, we may try to meet guests that stay on property as they arrive or have them delivered to their resort rooms.


In the bags themselves we’ll include water 2 per person, sodas, dry snacks (fruit, pretzels, and granola), mints, tissues, disney band aids, advil, and antacids. We may also include a photo frame for a photo they take in the park.

Post # 10
2743 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

@Ana_Steele58:  I will have the water and sodas either delivered to the hotel or pack them ahead of time and shove them into a car. Most of our family will drive to Disney. I’m leaning towards having only the folders with us and shoving the bags into the car with my parents. I suspect now that I’ve told my father we’re ok with him driving rather than flying he may come. I told them I have a few other things such as cake toppers, signing book, and possibly my dress that it would be a help to not have to ship or take on the plane.

Post # 11
2351 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

just an interesting thing: i read an article recently that made sense to me. it advised not to put things in welcome bags for guests that they couldnt use up during the time they were away or things that might get confiscated in an airport on their way home. for example, just to use single purell wipes instead of a normal sized bottle, or small tubes of suncreen, and small bottles of water. which i think most brides would be trying to use small travel sized bottles anyway.

but it also said that guests dont like things like ugly cheap sunglasses, or cheap flip flops in the wrong size, or things like that. so basically, i think im just gonna include the basics like water or juice, single hand wipes, some local made chip snacks, and maybe a little fridge magnet from the location, maybe a fun little thing like a squirt gun. maybe a tiny bottle of rum or something they could drink on the beach or pour into a coke or juice.

it said that guests would prefer a bag that was not monogrammed or printed with the couples name and date, as then they could never really use it again. that guests would really appreciate something that was personalized with the location info or something minimal like that but not with other peoples names and a wedding date on it.


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