(Closed) welcome gift bag for out of town guests

posted 6 years ago in Favors
Post # 3
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1150 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Sounds super! I would appreciate that!

Post # 4
Hostess
11166 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

I think that sounds nice but I honestly wouldn’t use the bath salts or the candles. I guess it depends on your guests which you know better than any of us. The wine is a great touch and I would consider adding some snacks in there too and perhaps a bottle or two of water.

We did gift bags and this is what was included;

-intro letter and timeline

-gum

-goldfish crackers

-famous amos cookies

-nuts

-fruit snacks

-two water bottles per person

-bottle of wine

-box of chocolates

 

Post # 5
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2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think generally an Out of Town bag is to help make the hotel room more comfortable. Most people are not taking a bath or lighting candles in the hotel, although its a nice sentiment. 

I think they may appreciate a snack and drink for their hotel when they return to the hotel. Every wedding I have been to and have to stay in a hotel I am hungry by the time I get there. 

Post # 6
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2425 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Treejewel19:  We did welcome bags more like this. I think of a welcome bag as giving them things they can use on this weekend trip, like snacks, etc. Bath salts and candles I wouldn’t have time to use the weekend of a wedding, and then I would bring them home and never use them.

For our welcome bags, we had:

Water bottles (from my hometown, their spring water is famous)
Local chips
Some candy
Mini tissue packets
Maps and visitor guides for the area

We had rave reviews about our welcome bags!

Post # 7
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11270 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

sounds lovely but i would definitely add snacks.  salty and sweet.  maybe bottles of water and/or juice. 

Post # 8
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3688 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Yeah, I second the snacks/bottle of water idea. Most hotels won’t let you light candles.

Post # 9
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3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would also add flip flops. I always pack a pair for the hotel because I don’t like walking around in my bare feet but Darling Husband always forgets. I agree with PP about the salts and candles; that would just be more stuff I have to pack to take back home. If you are in a sunny area or have an outdoor ceremony, I would consider doing tiny bottles of sunscreen. I also like tiny bottles of hand sanitizer. Water and anything else they would otherwise have to pay an arm and a leg for are always welcomed!

Post # 10
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725 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Hey there,

We did welcome packages wrapped in a fleece blanket (for outdoor ceremony).  It included a note, waterbottles, snacks (nuts, granola bars, fruitbars, etc.), town info, travel map, and wedding day scavenger hunt.  People loved it.

I am certain your guests will appreciate whatever you give to them.  It is always a nice gesture…however our guests needed the water and snacks more as our bunch are more on the rowdy side. 😉

Good luck with yours.

E

Post # 11
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515 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t drink alcohol and I hate baths, so if I were one of your guests, I wouldn’t get much use out of those items. Might I suggest instead you think about all the things that would be nice to have right after checking into a hotel after traveling all day? Here are some ideas for you to consider:

-Shampoo and conditioner. The first thing I want to do after getting off a plane or out of car after several hours is take a shower. The last thing I want to do is have to go to the store to buy those things because the hotel either doesn’t provide them or what they provide is not sufficient.

-Healthy snacks. I’m usually pretty hungry after a trip, but I don’t necessarily want to snack on the junk food available from vending machines or the mini bar. An apple or banana, maybe some carrot sticks and crackers, things like that… something to tide me over until I can get cleaned up so that I’m not starving while waiting to go out to dinner. Candy is okay, too, but not something I’d want to eat right away.

-Slippers. Always nice to have and an often forgotten item.

-Bottled water. I absolutely refuse to pay $5 for bottled water from the hotel, nor will I use the provided glasses because I know they never get washed.

-Ear plugs, for the light sleepers.

-A take out menu or two, as well as a small map pointing me to some decent restaurants that are not too far from the hotel. Also nice if the map includes a movie theatre, a grocery store, and a few shopping and sightseeing options, too. If you’re feeling really generous, a gift card to one of those restaurants would probably be appreciated.

-A list of phone numbers of relatives or friends I can call if I need anything or have questions, as well as phone numbers for any essential services, like taxi cabs or what not.

-A printed itinerary reminding people what all the events are and when and where they are, as well as reminders about how to get there.

Those are what I’d consider essentials. Anything else would be a bonus.

Post # 12
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Newbee

@edavt04:  I think this is a great idea for people who travel for destination weddings as well. Its not a hard thing to do because there aren’t many people who will travel far you know.

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