(Closed) Welcome Bags

posted 5 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Welcome Bags
    Good idea : (22 votes)
    65 %
    Waste of money : (11 votes)
    32 %
    Other (please explain) : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    About half of my guests will be travelling for the wedding and I am planning on leaving welcome bags in their rooms (no more than 15 rooms)  Along with wedding timeline, maps, and what to do in the area, I am putting bottles of water, advil, snacks, and tic tacs into their bags.  I got everything off amazon.com and it wasn’t very expensive.  If I’ve got money left over at the end, I will also be adding a bottle of wine and little toys for the kids.  I kinda figure these people are putting a lot of time, effort, and money into coming to my wedding I’d like to do whatever I can to make their stay as welcoming and enjoyable as possible

    Post # 4
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    2192 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    We did welcome bags and the guests love them!  My flowergirl still comments on the bag when I pull it out “That bag was from your wedding!”  Its really sweet.

    With smartphones and wifi I don’t think the maps are necessary.  Make sure to include a personalized note from you and your Fiance in the bags for sure.  Snacks and water are probably the most important as people are usually hungry and looking for a snack when they arrive and when its late at night in their rooms.  We did a lot of snacks that were special to our area i.e. Frango mints, Garrett’s popcorn, etc.  I also made personalized water bottle labels.  Just a nice touch!

    Here is our bag – from our local grocery store, plus its a nice souvenir for those traveling from Out of Town:

    Post # 7
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    59 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I agree with you, I think souveniers and little trinkets would be kind of a waste.  One theme I”ve noticed looking around on these boards is that people don’t really keep that kind of stuff (personalized favors for example, which I had wanted to do until coming here lol) You can’t go wrong with water and snacks!  

    Post # 8
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    808 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    My little sister did these for her wedding and as an out of town guest I was very appreciative. She had bottled water & chocolate & a map and an outline of key events/times/places to be for the weekend.

    Post # 10
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    59 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I’m getting my cupcakes from Vons so your secret is safe with me lol ๐Ÿ™‚ 

    Post # 11
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    2058 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    We’re doing welcome bags because I always liked having them when we stayed in a hotel for other people’s weddings. We are including:

    Maps of the area

    Welcome Letter

    Ibuprofen Vial (10 count CVS brand)

    Tissues

    Water

    Candy Bar

    Bag of Pretzels

    Tums

    $5 Starbucks Card

    ‘Red Carpet Emergency Kit’ (I am DIY – a pillow box that includes a couple of hair bands, nail files, bandaids, bobby pins, fashion tape, and safety pins)

    Mini Hand Sanitzer

    Deck of Cards (MAYBE, we haven’t decided on this)

    Mints or Gum

    Post # 12
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    3340 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

    I think welcome bags are a nice sentiment if you have the extra money in your budget.  If you can’t afford it, I’d say it’s fine to skip it.  I think it’s the norm not to do it anymore anyway.  So it would definitely stand out as nice and be appreciated if you do it.

    Post # 13
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    5242 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I think it is a great idea

    Post # 14
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    678 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    As a guest I always appreciated just having a bottle of water and small snacks waiting at the hotel- it doesn’t have to be anything too fancy! Not required, but definitely a nice touch in my opinion, even if guests are already familiar with the area.

    Post # 16
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    2192 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @subola:  I added the same amount of food in each bag no matter how many guests.  It took the guesswork out of the bags and the hotel delivered them so they couldn’t have specific bags for specific rooms.  Check with your hotel as well on pricing.  Ours charged us $2 per bag.  Some people deliver them on their own but as a bride I did not have time for that!

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