JSull
Master October 2017

Hotel Gift Bags-Yes or No?

JSull, on June 20, 2017 at 9:41 AM Posted in Planning 0 70
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Hey everyone. I am so on the fence about doing gift bags. Our wedding is anywhere from 1 to 4 hours away for everyone coming. We have a hotel block and so far about 90% of our guests have booked a room. I know they're not necessary, but would you side eye the bride and groom if they didn't leave welcome bags?

If you vote yes, what would you like to see in them?

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Latest activity by Kathy, on September 4, 2018 at 7:48 AM
  • Kirstie819
    Super August 2017
    Kirstie819 ·
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    We aren't planning on leaving any, I don't really see the point.

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  • Celia Milton
    Celia Milton ·
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    I personally consider this to be another invention by the wedding industry. No, you don't need them, obviously it costs to make them, and most hotels charge to deliver them.

    I'd skip them.

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  • Ms. B --> Mrs. L
    Super June 2017
    Ms. B --> Mrs. L ·
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    I've only ever received a gift bag when I attended a DW. Even then, I thought it was a nice gesture but completely unnecessary.

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  • KW
    Expert August 2017
    KW ·
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    I'm skipping them...just one more thing to pay for/add to the list that I feel is pretty unnecessary.

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  • Yoomie
    VIP October 2018
    Yoomie ·
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    We are leaving one only because the FMIL insisted. She's very into etiquette. Surprisingly, I had fun thinking of things to put in them.

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  • kimbo
    VIP January 1900
    kimbo ·
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    Every wedding I have been to has had gift bags for people staying at the hotel. I think I am in the minority here. I wouldn't be upset, but I would notice if there wasn't one. I will be having them cause I feel weird not.

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  • Beachy
    VIP November 2017
    Beachy ·
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    Making me second guess if I should do this or not. I had planned not to, but wondering about that.

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  • Brittney
    Devoted October 2017
    Brittney ·
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    No we aren't planning on doing this. they will have plenty of food and drinks at the wedding and favors as well.

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  • JSull
    Master October 2017
    JSull ·
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    Thanks everyone. I think I will probably end up doing them. All the other DW I've been to had them. Just maybe some water, brochures of local stuff to do, and snacks

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  • EngineerInLove
    VIP September 2018
    EngineerInLove ·
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    If you have shuttle information or after party plans that would be a great place to include them. You can also put that on your website but it's nice to have printed out as well. Also little waters and snacks, and if you can order little packs of Advil they're appreciated. I usually pack my own overnight bag of these things but they're nice to include!

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  • JSull
    Master October 2017
    JSull ·
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    @MrsFall-Good call on the info cards. We do have a shuttle and I don't want anyone missing it! lol. How did you do them? Did you just print them yourselves or order them somewhere?

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  • Lynnie
    WeddingWire Administrator October 2016
    Lynnie ·
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    I wouldn't side eye someone for not providing welcome bags, but I love to receive them and think they are a really fun touch! It definitely kicks off the wedding weekend excitement when it's the first thing you receive when you check in to your hotel!

    Great things to include are: event information for the weekend and any transportation tips or schedule, a welcome / thank you note, bottled water, something sweet, something salty, mints, and a little advil pack! I love when the snacks are personalized either to your local area or to the bride and groom's tastes Smiley smile

    https://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-ideas/10-awesome-things-to-include-in-your-wedding-welcome-bag

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  • Ella
    Super August 2017
    Ella ·
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    I think they are a waste of money. i usually end up throwing out most of the stuff.

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  • N
    Master December 2016
    Nancy ·
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    We did them. Waste of time, $ and effort. Thumbs down.

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  • Celia Milton
    Celia Milton ·
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    Well, not EVERYTHING, but I do think that the media tells you all that so much is necessary, and it's really not. All these details cost money, time, and they add to the ever growing 'to do' lists....

    End of day? You do whatever YOU think is important, but I don't think anyone is going to think your wedding wasn't a 'nice' one because they didn't get a bottle of water.

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  • xray12280
    Master June 2017
    xray12280 ·
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    I think they are a nice gesture. We did one bag per room. Each had 2 bottles of water ( with personalized labels) PB crackers, mints, cookies, chips, and a couple lindor truffles and info about the shuttle. Our hotel gave them out for free.

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  • Lynnie
    WeddingWire Administrator October 2016
    Lynnie ·
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    I went the Etsy template, FedEx printing route for the transportation and wedding events schedule. I combined the transportation info with the weekend's schedule of events!


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  • JSull
    Master October 2017
    JSull ·
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    @MrsFall-I agree. I think it's always nice and I don't know why @Ella would throw the stuff out. I mean, it's food and water. If you don't eat it that day, why throw it away? So weird.

    I'm definitely going to be getting out items from BJ's Wholesale for the snacks. Just need to decide from where. Once I have a set timeline, I will order our info cards. Thank you for the suggestions!

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  • Courtney
    Super May 2018
    Courtney ·
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    With your guests relatively local, I could see how you skip them.

    If you wanted to do something that's "in between", maybe you put together a stack of generic thank you cards for the hotel to hand out at check in. A nice gesture and wayyyyy cheaper.

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  • Mrs. Coakley
    Master June 2017
    Mrs. Coakley ·
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    No, they're totally unnecessary. Most people don't even care about them anyways.

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