(Closed) Welcome Bags…Mandatory?

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 18
300 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Not mandatory, but I’m doing them because as a guest I love getting them.

One thing I’d recommend is to at least have some info on a card given to your guests at checkin. I can’t tell you how many times I leave for an out of town wedding without the invitation. One time we were frantically calling other guests and driving around town because no one could remember the name of the church and we were too embarassed to call the bride. 

So it’s nice to have that reminder of where/when the wedding events are. A bag with bottled water and snacks would just be an added bonus.

Post # 19
110 posts
Blushing bee

Absolutely not! I would never get to a wedding and say “Where the F is my welcome bag!”  I think they are a nice bonus like a favor-but not at all necessary if you are providing a nice meal and event for your guests. 

Post # 20
4035 posts
Honey bee

@EffieTrinket:  Soooo funny!


Most of our guests will only be staying one night, so we said about the same thing. I’ve gotten bags full of stuff – like loot bags at a little kids birthday party, and ended up tossing it, because I didn’t want to pack it to bring it back home.

There’s tons of information on our website – since October – if people would only look? We have 4 hotels that have blocks, about another 25 in the area, and I won’t know where people are staying. 2 of the blocked hotels have a $3 per bag service charge, to handle them; obviously, they don’t want to deal with them, either. We’ve got nut allergies, lactose sensitivities, etc., so snacks would be a pain to organize. I personally wouldn’t take any aspirin, etc., given to me in a bag. So that leaves us with only bottled water to hand out. My mom said, “their bathrooms will have faucets. No one will die of thirst.” End of effort!

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