Post # 1
I want to do some, especially for my future in-laws. But, I have noticed that sometimes they can rival award show swag bags! What started as a simple thing has turned into another huge expense. I was just wondering how many guests would notice if they were not there. Or, have you ever heard of someone grumble or complain about what was in the bag? Ahh, the stress of wedding planning!
Post # 3
@brendaray2009: Hi, I think they are thoughtful and a nice gesture and it’s possible to keep them simple and keep the cost down. (some bottled water, maybe some snacks, maybe a brouchure or printout about the area…)
if you don’t have time or a budget for that, I’d skip them though. I think people still do know how to use a vending machine or can be asked to drive to the gas station / convenience store / cvs if they forgot something. I don’t think anyone has the right to complain if you’re not providing them.
Post # 4
@brendaray2009: I have never expected to see them at a wedding. When they are there, I haven’t wanted or needed one, and most get left behind. I say skip ’em, especially if you want to watch what you spend. They’re extraneous.
Post # 5
@brendaray2009: I never even heard of them before Wedding Bee. What exactly are they for?
Post # 6
We were going to do them, but my mom was recently at a wedding that had them and she didn’t really notice it and it got left behind, so as more of the budget is getting spent we decided to skip them
Post # 7
we went to one wedding that had them, and we maybe used the bottled water. I still have the bag as a memento. I’d say skip it unless your are doing a destination wedding or a lot of your guests are out of towners. you can put info about things to do in the area on your wedding website.
Post # 8
Skip them! We had a Destination Wedding and handed ours out at the rehearsal dinner. People appreciated the water and snacks but they were unnecessary, time consuming, and expensive. If I could do it again I would have skipped them.
Post # 9
When I go to a wedding out of town I do appreciate getting them, but I’ve never heard anyone complain that they didn’t get one. They aren’t necessary and I’ve only ever missed one once, but that was because I was an idiot and forgot to bring my water bottle and the hotel cups were tiny.
If you’re watching your budget I think you can skip it easily enough with no complaints but if you really want one it doesn’t need to be extravagent. Just a bottle of water and some snacks would be enough.
Post # 10
I think they are a “nice thing”… but I’ve certainly never expected them when I go to an Out of Town Wedding… If they are given they are always a “nice surprise”
In truth the only time I was blown away was not so much that the “Goodie Bag” had anything different than the norm in it…
BUT that it was a Beach Wedding, and the couple instead of using pretty paper bags used Kids Plastic Beach Buckets (very creative). I remember when we checked into the Hotel and seeing these primary coloured buckets lined up behind the Front Desk how pretty they looked.
Definitely brought a smile to my face when I was handed one… and sort of set the tone for the whole “Beachy Weekend”
Hope this helps,
Post # 11
I considered them for about 5 minutes, but they were SO expensive!
So we didn’t do them. None of our guests noticed or cared as far as I can tell!
Post # 12
They are pretty common at the out of town weddings I attend, but are, of course, optional. As a guest I do like them. We went to Costco and did them at a very reasonable cost.
Post # 13
I went to two out of town weddings and there wasn’t a welcome bag. I didn’t even know they were a thing until I started posting here. I didn’t do them for my wedding.
I think they’re a nice surprise, but not required.
Post # 14
- Wedding: October 2014 - Church
@brendaray2009: No. I think that they are really nice if you have quite a few guests from out of town who do not really know the area and it is ready atthe hotel for them – something like a map, list of things to do, etc. Nothing crazy.
Post # 15
I don’t think they’re a thing here in the UK, so I wouldn’t notice if they weren’t there. They sound bizarre, like a party bag at a kid’s birthday. What kind of things even go in them?
Post # 16
@Aquaria: They are bags/baskets/boxes of little items to welcome guests at their hotel. Usually they have some bottled water, a few snacks, some info about the area for those who aren’t familiar, etc. Some are really involved, from what I have seen. Snacks, water, booklets, aspirin, coffee, tea, candy, etc.
@AmyJCardiff: As I said above: bottled water, snacks, maybe mints, a brochure about the area. I know they are popular at destination weddings, and some do them for their hometown. I wanted to do some for my future in-laws, they are from Puerto Rico, but I have been going back and forth. They can be an expense if your budget is tight or you have a lot of out-of-towners coming in.