(Closed) Welcome bags?!

posted 8 years ago in Favors
  • poll: Are welcome bags a good idea for out of town guests?

    Great idea!


  • Post # 3
    8434 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @madteaparty:  I made welcome bags because most of my guests are flying in.  We put granola bars, cheezits, emergency kits (advils, hand wipes, etc), tissues, a map/directory of the area, and a personalized note with the itinerary.

    Post # 4
    3942 posts
    Honey bee

    We made them, because we had about 75% of our guests staying at the hotel. Most people didnt mention, but I know a couple of people did appreciate the advil we put in there.

    Ours were all created from the dollar store. we included:

    • welcome note
    • personalized door hanger
    • chips
    • cookies
    • 2 bottles of water
    • advil
    • blistex
    • toothbrush
    • map of area/things to do/local restaurants

    Post # 5
    3176 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    They aren’t necessary but we did them and got a lot of positive feedback – people thought it was a nice touch and it was an inexpensive thing for us to do.

    Post # 6
    2295 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    We did them, they cost about $3 each. Nice, but totally not necessary at ALL. I didn’t get many comments on them unless I happened to see people as they were checking in.

    I did have extras though (since ordered stuff in bulk), and we put those out as “For the Road” bags with a cute sign at the reception on a table near the door. THOSE were a hit!!!

    We had:

    2 bottles of water

    2 cereal bars (like Nutrigrain)

    a bag of baked chips

    an individual pack of Planter’s nuts

    packs of ibuprofen

    a map & schedule of events/things to do locally

    a brochure from the visitors’ bureau with information on the area

    All in a purple bag with gray tissue paper and a thank you sticker on the outside.

    They were nice, but if I had to do it over again… I probably would skip them. Not as high of an impact as I expected, although I know people appreciated them.

    They were also HEAVY and took up tons of room transporting them. You don’t realize how much space those are going to take up in your car, even in boxes…

    Also, even though we had hotel blocks at 2 hotels, people were CRAZY with their hotel bookings – they would book at our hotel but not in the block, other hotels (and for key people I still wanted them to get the bags so we ended up dropping at 5 hotels), under weird names, blah blah blah – it was a pain tracking down where people were staying, even though we had blocks.

    Post # 7
    13561 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    We ended up not doing welcome bags because we didn’t really have many guests staying in the hotels (most of our Out of Town guests stayed with friends or family). However, they’ve always been a nice touch when I’ve been an Out of Town guest myself. Snacks, a couple of bottles of water, a nice note, an itinerary (and maybe map) and some aspirin can go a long way toward your guests’ comfort!

    Post # 8
    906 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    The bottles of water are always noticed and appreciated (at least when I’m a guest). We also tend to enjoy the inclusion of a few sweet things (like candy bars or locally made snacks) and perhaps salty snacks. I like food. You can tell. If your guests are mostly from way out of the area information about restaurants and things to do when not at your wedding goes a long way as well. 

    A solid 90% or more of our guests are out of towners, so we’re definitely trying to think through the best way to execute these without breaking the bank. Best of luck!

    Post # 9
    1966 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    My sister had them, it was super appreciated. Little bag with really cute tags & a cute message and wedding info (what time everything was etc.) The bags contained snacks (fun size chocolates, small bag of chips, cookies, twizzlers, etc), small bottled water, ibuprofen, alka seltzer, a little ziploc with bobby pins, safety pins and double sided tape). We seriously used everything in the bag! 

    Post # 10
    1597 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I personally had never heard of welcome bags until I started planning my wedding. I guess they aren’t too popular in my region.

    It’s probably a nice touch if you have the budget and don’t have a lot of Out of Town guests, but we are probably going to have 100+ Out of Town guests so …. it’s pretty much an impossibility. 

    I guess it’d be cool for people if they’ve never visited your city before, but most people coming to our wedding from Out of Town used to live here so …. it would be kind of pointless IMO.

    So overall I think it’s uneccessary, but it you have the budget and your guests have never visited your region before …. go for it.







    Post # 11
    1423 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    It can be a nice touch, but not necessary.  It depends on so many factors — if you have the extra funds, if said funds might be better used elsewhere, if it is yet another thing to stress you out, or if it is time you might happily spend making yet another thing for your wedding. 

    I skipped them and invited everyone to the rehersal dinner to welcome them.  The hotel concierge was far better equipped to give recommendations, anyway. 

    Post # 12
    291 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    I am doing out of town bags. I feel like if I was a guest who traveled across the state or country, just a simple out of town bag would be much appreciated. As far as it being necessary, it’s totally not. I feel it adds that little something extra for guests.

    In our out of town bags we are going to include:

    snacks- cheezits, chocolate, granola bars

    personalized water bottles

    emergency kit- pepto, advil, mouthwash, etc.

    newsletter- including our favorite places to go eat and visit in the area, as well as brochures and coupons for local places

    schedule for the weekend

    custom door hanger


    Post # 13
    725 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    We had them and they were a HIT!!  People were really surprised and appreciative.  We added mini Bailey’s bottles and people loved them in the morning coffee.  I say it was worth the expense.

    Post # 14
    9541 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I feel like I often see Out of Town bags on lists of “things I could have skipped”. I’ve liked  the the few times I recieved one as a guest, but I never missed one when it wasn’t given. I’m happy getting water from a tap. I will be checking out in the morning, so I don’t really need a “do not disturb sign”. I might eat snacks.

    Post # 15
    514 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @madteaparty:  I am having a Destination Wedding so we are doing welcome bags they will be like $30 bucks each (maybe more that’s just an estimate), but if its only an hour away, idk if I would waste a bunch of money. Maybe a little kit with hangover cures (tums, tylenol, etc.) and some local information.

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