(Closed) Welcome Gift Bags: Do Guests Really Like/Expect Them?

posted 8 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 32
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Didn’t know these existed

Post # 33
2296 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

we’re going to do them because over 50% of our guests will be travelling, but they won’t be extravagant, just thoughtful. 

so i think we’ll do bottled water, some snacks (potentially even homemade!), a personalized ‘do not disturb’ sign for their room, a welcome letter and a list of restaurants/activities near the hotel as well as the contact # for the venue/taxi service etc. 

just something to say ‘hi!’ and a little comfort after a long flight 🙂

Post # 34
732 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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@Andthepupmakes3:  Same here and I love them!! We are planning on doing them for our guests staying at the hotel with our block of rooms.

Post # 35
836 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@brendaray2009:  We had them, but not fancy bags. We just used plain brown, kraft paper gift bags that I got at the Dollarama for 4/$1. I punched holes in the top and strung ribbon through and tied it shut with a bow.
We had a semi desitnation wedding, and we gave them to guests who came from out-of-town. We included: locally roasted coffee (a small package), locally made wine (a tiny smapler bottle), a home-made CD of local music, a tourist brochure from the local area, a custom map of the town we were getting married in (since there is no such thing to buy or pick up anywhere else), and a list of wedding events/dates/times and important phone numbers.
My guests loved them, some took the coffee and wine home, others drank both while in town and then went out and bought more coffee to take home because it’s so good. I think the most invaluable part was the info sheet and the map, but everyone loved it all. I think I spent about $15 per bag, and made approx. 10 bags (1 per couple). I didn’t do favours at the wedding so this was like a better, quality favour for those guests who came in from away.

Post # 36
36 posts
  • Wedding: September 2014

Do you need to give welcome bags to out of town guests that aren’t staying at a hotel? We will have some in hotels and some staying in the homes of their relatives, so I’m not sure what the etiquette is.

Post # 37
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

It sounds like a nice idea, but I had never heard of them before.


Post # 38
1934 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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@wildflowersong:  Usually welcome bags are just for those staying at a hotel you specifically selected for guests. You give the bags to the front desk to distribute upon check-in, or some hotels will charge you to have the bags delivered straight to the room. 



Post # 39
644 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I have received one once and it was ridiculously extravagant. I can’t remember everything that was in it but it did include: a full-sized bottle of womens perfume, a baseball hat, a small bottle of icewine, some chocolates…

Post # 40
1783 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m just doing basic ones and only as a courtesy. I LOVE having my own bottled water & snacks when I’m spending the night somewhere I’m not familiar with. I’m thinking we will probably only have a few rooms reserved since most of our family will stay with other family. 🙂

Post # 41
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

We’re planning to do them but keep them pretty low key.

Probably something like:

– buy cases of bottled water, print labels with our wedding monogram or something on them on our computer and glue them on in place of the poland springs or whatever label. Put a couple bottles of water in each bag.

– throw in a couple individual sized bags of salty snacks

– something sweet, candy or cookies or something similar

– welcome card or letter from us

– directions to wedding site and some wedding info

– list of some nearby restaurants and things to do with addresses

Post # 43
1836 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

my mom did them and people really did talk about stuff she put in them (crab chips–the wedding was in maryland, microwave popcorn, maryland maps that i got at the welcome center, etc). don’t think i wouldve done them if it weren’t for her b/c i felt like i had enough to do and couldnt be bothered

Post # 44
7601 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

As a guest, I feel a little sad when I don’t get one, especially if the hotel has another wedding and I see one of their guests getting a welcome bag. I don’t expect much in it— bottle of water or two and maybe some pretzels and a candy bar, just some little nibbles to keep in the room, and a local map or a list if attractions and restaurants. Bonus points for including a card with the timeline of the weddng activities. I hate to sound mean but I feel like if I’ve bothered flying or driving a ways and paying for a hotel, the least you can do is give me a drink and a snack! It’s like inviting me to your house and not offering me a cold drink!


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