Becca
Super August 2019

Are Hotel Welcome Bags Expected?

Becca, on June 2, 2019 at 9:56 PM Posted in Etiquette and Advice 0 22
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Are they expected? I'm running tight on funds and that's not something that seems like I should put money into, but would it throw people off if we dont provide a little welcome back? Is it rude?

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Latest activity by Michelle, on June 5, 2019 at 8:39 PM
  • Hannah
    Master July 2019
    Hannah Online ·
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    They're one of those things that are nice when there, but not necessary. You can skip them, and I doubt anyone would blink an eye.
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  • Brianna
    Devoted April 2019
    Brianna ·
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    I didn’t even know they were a thing until I went to my good friends wedding. I’ve been to several where welcome bags weren’t done and it wasn’t a big deal to me! I ended up doing them, but I only had about 6 hotel guests.
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  • Melle
    Legend June 2019
    Melle Online ·
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    Not necessary but very courteous aha.
    If you were adamant about it I think it could be really simple and affordable such as snacks and a city guide so they know what's around or whatever the city is known for.
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  • latasha
    VIP September 2019
    latasha ·
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    I don’t think they are necessary especially if the budget doesn’t allow for it. I think more people will be interested in the overall experience of the actual wedding day 😀
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  • Tiffany
    Savvy May 2019
    Tiffany ·
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    Maybe You could have a basket/bowl with chocolate Hershey kisses. Maybe pack them into something cute 2 per pack, like a mesh bag. This could be a cost effective idea.
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  • Wendy
    Dedicated April 2020
    Wendy ·
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    I didnt know they were a thing! Not necessary at all.
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  • Francesca
    Savvy January 2021
    Francesca ·
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    I definitely don’t think they’re necessary. I’m going to do them because i think I’ll be able to keep them relatively cheap by purchasing stuff from the dollar store and we want to put a little itinerary of what we’ll be doing the other days of the weekend since basically everyone who’s coming is from out of town. I think it can be a good tool to help people feel more welcome and include extra details you may not wanna put in your invitations, but not necessary.
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  • T
    Super June 2019
    Tiffany ·
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    I’ll have like 10 bags made for out of state people with water bottles, a few granola bars and hangover kits that have a few otc meds in them. I’ll have bathroom baskets also with extra things like spray deodorant, hairspray, toothbrushes etc.
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  • Cheryl
    Expert November 2020
    Cheryl ·
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    I love the bathroom baskets for the reception, in addition to anything you hand out at the front desk. If you don't want to do a whole bag, maybe every person gets as candy bar or pack of mints. Also, at my cousin's wedding, everyone loved the basket of $1 flip flops her mom put out in front of the DJ on the dance floor. It was by far the biggest hit!
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  • Melissa
    VIP September 2019
    Melissa ·
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    Not necessary, but definitely a nice touch. We will have a lot of out of state guests, so once we get the number we will see about bags. Thinking waters, sweet & salty snacks, and maybe some Advil as well as information about transportation to and from the venue. If you decide to do them, Costco or Sam’s Club are a good place to grab stuff.
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  • Victoria
    VIP October 2018
    Victoria ·
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    They're not necessary and it's not rude at all to not have them. Save what remains in your budget and put it towards your actual reception.
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  • Kat
    Expert May 2019
    Kat ·
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    I would do them if you could, but you can keep them SUPER small and inexpensive. The big thing for me is giving people bottles of water for their rooms. I always appreciate that at weddings, especially if the reception is open bar and I wake up during the night needing water! You can buy very cheap bags (I got mine on Amazon), a case of bottled water and some snack size bags of chips or candy at Costco (I don’t have a Costco membership but had a friend do this for me), and print out a welcome note. That’s it - done, for very little money - and I think people really appreciate them!
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  • J
    Expert May 2021
    Jaime ·
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    I wouldn't worry about it. I know they are a thing, but I went to an out of town wedding a few years back and there was no welcome bag at the hotel. I didn't think anything of it. I wouldn't expect anyone to give me a bag of snacks and beverages and other items outside of the time I am spending at the wedding.

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  • Sara
    Expert June 2019
    Sara ·
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    I would absolutely and completely skip them without any guilt at all. Don't even think about them anymore Smiley smile
    I think all these things get wayyyyy out of hand. My FH says to me "it's OUR wedding, stop buying a gift for every person and every reason you can think of!"

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  • S
    Devoted September 2019
    Sara ·
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    We've decided to do them. I don't think many guests will actually decide to stay in a hotel since we're in that awkward 1.5-2 hour away vicinity, but I think it'll be nice for those that do. We're sending out around 60 invites for 130 people. I'm guessing fewer than 30 hotel rooms will be booked.

    We're going to go pick apples at one of our favorite orchards the weekend before and put them and some other local goodies in cheap little bushel baskets as our welcome bag. Plus brochures and flyers for a few of our favorite things to do. Smiley smile

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  • Cher Horowitz
    Master December 2019
    Cher Horowitz ·
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    Seconding PPs! Welcome bags are definitely not a requirement

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  • Rachel
    Devoted October 2019
    Rachel ·
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    I think it's perfectly acceptable to skip and not have welcome bags. Most people, don't expect them anyway. Spend your money on things that will help make your wedding better for your and your FH.

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  • Emily
    Super April 2020
    Emily ·
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    I definitely didn't know they were a thing until the last wedding I went to. I've been to a few where I stayed in a hotel and never received one. The only use I got out of it was the water bottle they put in, everything else I threw away.

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  • Courtney
    Master December 2019
    Courtney ·
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    Don't sweat the small stuff. If welcome bags are out of your budget, then don't worry about it.

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  • Pattie
    Expert June 2020
    Pattie ·
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    I honestly hadn't heard of them till you! Id just suggest a blanket email to the out of towners with a quick list of attractions, favorite restaurants, etc if they are staying for more than one day.

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