Post # 1
I would love to know who is adding this to their already immense beyond belief list? I was clueless about this until a day ago when I read that these are “not 100% necessary but a nice touch” – wedding code for “well, you COULD skip this part, but then you’d be the really thoughtless bride who doesn’t care as much about her guests as some brides do”. LOL – that’s how I always interpret those comments – is it just me? So seriously, who is tackling this min-boggling project, and what are you doing?
Post # 3
I didn’t want to but my wedding coordinator was kind of horrified when I said that. lol.
*edit-so I didn’t really answer your question but I’m glad you asked because im in the same boat.
Post # 4
I’m going to go with a firm NO. My presence on my wedding day is presents enough for my guests! They are here to celebrate with me, not get goody bags!
Post # 5
Of course we’re doing them. To me, they’re very important! I want our guests who travellled to know how appreciative we are that they spent all that money/time/effort to make it! We’re just having gift bags (from the party store!) with a bottle of water, tooth brushes, small tooth paste, disposable razor, travel size deoderant, granola bars, snack bags (chips, pretzels), a local map, and chocolates!
Its really easy. I just bought everything in bulk from Sam’s Club and split it up between all 80 bags. Yes, 80!
Post # 6
i’m not doing a guest bag but a guest snack and treat thingie for their rooms. they will have some homemade pecan candy along with a few bottles of water when they arrive. perhaps i will have a what’s good to eat or where the good food is nearby because my venue/hotel is a bit off the beaten path and i definitely want them to be able to grab a burger or something if they need to. parts of my brain want me to stash some yummies in the fridge (all suite hotel) or a few chips in a cute basket as well.
Post # 7
I agree with @VirginiaMarie. We are definitely doing them since people will be traveling a distance to get to us. In September we drove 3 hours to a wedding in NY state and I can’t tell you how much I appreciated the welcome bag at the hotel. We were hungry and thirsty and it was perfect.
You can get everything you need at the dollar store if need be. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Or buy in bulk at a Costco or BJs.
Post # 8
I went ahead and got some little canvas totes from cheaptotes.com. They were only 89 cents each and I only got 20 of them because I don’t think I’ll have that many out-of-towners. If I run out of time and money, I’m planning to scrap the idea. If I do get around to it, I’m going to put some local coupons, a Moon Pie, and maybe an RC cola or one of those new Coke Mini cans in each bag. Keeping it simple and flexible for the week of cause who knows what my schedules gonna actually be like.
Post # 9
We’re definitely doing them. 80% of our guests are from out of town and I think they’re really welcoming for people when they get to the hotel after traveling. (At least I always think they are when I go to a wedding out of town.)
But if you don’t have the time or budget to do them, I don’t think anyone would be offended. Maybe you could just write a note to your guests and have the hotel hand it out to guests when they check in? That way they would feel welcome, but it wouldn’t be another huge project to take on.
Post # 10
Apparently I’m a bad bride–I’m not doing them. Honestly, I never care all that much when I get them (which has only been a few times).
Post # 11
We’re doing them – mostly because it’s yet another way to give people maps. Lots of maps.
Post # 12
We’re doing them because 95% of guests will be traveling a long distance (at least 2 hours by plane, 8+ hours driving) so I think it is another way to thank them for spending lots of money and taking time to come celebrate with us! We wont do too much just a couple bottles of water, snack packs/granola bars, names of restaurants and stores nearby (like CVS or the grocery store in case people need things) and probably a litte note. I havent figured this out yet. Honestly though they arent totally necessary. The welcome bag is a new(er) trend and not everyone knows about it!
Post # 13
We’re doing them. 60% of the guest list is out of town, so we feel like we should do them. And we’ll probably just do it in those paper gift bags, not even real tote bags, so don’t feel bad if you take an “easy way out”–it’s just not worth a TON of effort!
Post # 14
Right now they are not on my list of things to do. We do have a number of guests coming in from out of town but they are all arriving at different times and staying in slightly different locations. We are however inviting all of our out of town guests to the rehearsal dinner as well which will be a bbq/picnic at the vineyard lake house. So my general answer is no unless someone else jumps in and volunteers to put them together for the guests. 🙂
Post # 15
We’re going to do them because a whole bunch of people (including FI’s ENTIRE family) will be coming in from out of town, but we’re not going overboard on them–probably just some snacks/bottles of water and the maps/restaurant recs/activities recs information that we have on our website but we bet people will not have printed out. I have to say that most of the weddings I’ve been to have been out of town for me, and I always appreciate when you get to the hotel room after being a little worn out from traveling and you have a little cookie or something as a pick-me-up. Doesn’t have to be fancy!
Post # 16
Here’s what we did…only for close friends and family. Very cheap berry tills with small things inside it (water, apples, gum drops, peanuts, and chocolate…and some challenging puzzles of course). If you think it will stress you out, I say cut them from the list. But if you think it will be fun, which, I will confess it was one of my favorite parts, then go for it! But do something you will enjoying preparing and shopping for.