Post # 1
Hey guys, so our destination wedding is still a ways awar (September ’17) but sometime’s it’s fun to spend a lazy Sunday thinking about details. I’m really excited about making out welcome bags, since that will be the main gift our guests get (other than the booze, food and dancing, of course). We’re making them pretty nice since everyone’s flying all the way out to Hawaii. I’d love to get your opinions on if you think my preliminary ideas are going in the right direction or not, and if you think I’m missing anything. Thanks, everyone!
A big question I have: will people hate me if I don’t include water bottles? I really hate the waste it causes, and people wil easily be able to get water from the faucets in their rooms/condo kitchens.
Cotton Tote: https://www.etsy.com/listing/217029678/natural-100-cotton-canvas-tote-bag-blank?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=tote%20bag&ref=sr_gallery_26
Turkish Towel: https://www.etsy.com/listing/242546921/turkish-beach-towelturkish-bath?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=turkish%20towel&ref=sr_gallery_1
Lillikoi Butter (from farm next to resort): http://www.kahukufarms.com/shop/culinary/liliko-i-butter.html
Snacks/Hawaiian Candies from Costco
Tiny First Aid Kit (advil packets, aloe vera gel, band aids)
Iterinerary/Contact Sheet/Maps/Touring Recs/Welcome letter
Post # 2
I’ve never been to a wedding where I received a welcome bag, but yours sounds absolutely delightful! I would LOVE to receive it if I was a guest! I love that you’re incorporating things that are near the resort (butter), such a great touch!
Post # 3
- Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman
I appreciate welcome bags, even simple ones. It’s a nice touch!
Post # 4
I’d be thrilled to get any kind of welcome bag. I love the look of yours! We went to a wedding where they included water, typicals snakcs/candy, and local items. For our wedding, we included waters, local beer, local candy, and snack/treats. I think anything you do is fine.
Post # 5
It’s very thoughtful! All those items sound nice, but I notice the butter is in 4.2 oz containers. If your guests are not checking their bags and only using carry ons, TSA might not let them through.
As far as not including water bottles, no one is expecting a welcome bag, but I know that I appreciate when there is a bottle of water waiting for me in a hotel room when I arrive. If your guests don’t bring their own water bottles, they won’t have a way of carrying water with them during the trip. Some hotels provide them, though, so providing that may be redundant.
Post # 6
If they hate you over not being provided a water bottle then they shoud not be attending the wedding anyway. What you have will be unexpected and more than enough.If anything add a map and local activites if you want.
Edit- the mini first aid is not necessary and highly likely will not be used. If people need those items they can easily get them from the hotel.
Post # 7
Thanks so much for all the comments so far!!
Post # 8
craigslistgirl : Thanks for the advice! I WAS thinking about the size of the butter jars as well, but from what we’ve heard through the grapevine, everyone is turning our wedding into a long vacation so most people will probably check a bag. Still, I might keep looking for other options. Thanks again!
Post # 9
These are nice gifts but I wouldn’t like to receive them, because I probably wouldn’t have space in my luggage to take them home. With baggage fees being what they are, I like to travel with the smallest bag possible. I can do a full week trip with a properly packed carry-on bag. I might or might not be able to smash an unexpected towel in there, depending on how bulky it is, but the butter would be banned in my carry-on. I’d much prefer snacks, water and maybe a small bottle of wine. I know you say the waste of the water bottles puts you off, but the environmental impact of flying to Hawaii is waaaaayyy worse.
Post # 10
They are not necessary, but I appreciate them. Bottled water is always the item I most appreciate.
Post # 11
shortbread654 : I like your idea, but I would really appreciate a couple bottles of water.. Just my opinion though!
Post # 12
We are doing welcome bags for our wedding as well. Just wanted to comment to say that I too bought cotton totes from Etsy. Our newly adopted dog lifted his leg and urinated on all of them the other night!!!!! 🙁
We are including the following in our bags:
- Bottle of reisling
- Palm printed dish towel from Pottery Barn
- Travel Candle
- Zippo lighter
- Welcome note and itinerary
We are not including bottled water in our bags because the hotel where everyone will be staying gives complimentary bottled water every day.
Post # 13
shortbread654 : I wouldn’t hate you, but I would want a water bottle! I HATE drinking water from taps in beach places, it’s always so salty tasting and I can’t stomach it. Obviously I’d just go and buy my own but it’d be a nice touch to include.
Post # 14
I think that’s a great welcome bag! I know you don’t want to give bottled water because of the waste, which is fair enough, but is it possible to have reusable water bottles filled with water instead?
ETA: I just think they would appreciate the water more than some other items.
Post # 15
I love welcome bags, but I would mostly want edibles that I could use during my stay — I tend to travel with only carry-on luggage and would not want to try to tote these things back.