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JSull
Master October 2017

Hotel Gift Bags-Yes or No?

JSull, on June 20, 2017 at 9:41 AM

Posted in Planning 70

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...

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?

70 Comments

  • BlueHenBride
    Master March 2017
    BlueHenBride ·
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    We did it and guests really seemed to appreciate it, but we had guests coming from a lot further (across the country) and really weren't as familiar with the area, so a stash of water bottles, snacks, and Tylenol was probably helpful. We also had special bags made up for the kids that had mini coloring book kits (coloring books, crayons, and stickers) and Wikki Stix, and made bags with gluten free snacks for a couple of guests. Our hotel passed them out for free, and I just provided a list of all the guests who were to receive bags, if they required a kid or GF bag, and told them the name their reservation was under.

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  • WorthTheWait
    Devoted December 2018
    WorthTheWait ·
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    Absolutely no one will side-eye you. Honestly, I find them totally unnecessary. I think back in the day (pre smart phones) they contained a lot of info on directions, stuff to do in the area, nearby restaurants, etc. Then...I think brides started tossing more and more stuff in there. I'm an adult. If I want/need bottled water, chapstick, Advil, tums, sunglasses, etc., I'm capable of finding and buying them. I'd honestly save the money and allocate somewhere else.

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  • Future Mrs. Holz
    Super June 2017
    Future Mrs. Holz ·
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    I did them and my guests LOVED them. We did m&m's (regular and peanut), chips, cookies, cracker jacks, fruit snacks, gum, granola bars, waters, Advil packets, and a welcome letter. It was so well received by everyone! Go for it!

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  • mmbrake28
    Expert August 2018
    mmbrake28 ·
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    Question (probably a stupid one): When you reserve hotel room block, how do you know how many guests (and who) got a room? Do you just call the hotel up until the wedding day to see who reserved a room? I guess my question is, how far in advance will you know who booked a room under your block?

    Also, most hotels in my area require a 10-room block minimum. How many rooms did you all block off?

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  • JSull
    Master October 2017
    JSull ·
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    @Mmbrake, my hotel gave us a 15 room minimum we needed to fill before they would give us more rooms. We needed about 30 rooms. We asked our immediate family and bridal party to book early so we could get the extra rooms. They did so now we don't have to watch it. I have just emailed our hotel contact and she sends me an updated list of who has booked. Our rates are only good until September 10th so after that, I will get the list and make bags for those people.

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  • Amanda
    Expert September 2017
    Amanda ·
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    Following

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  • mmbrake28
    Expert August 2018
    mmbrake28 ·
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    @Mrs. Sullivan - Okay, thank you!! Very helpful!

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  • S
    Just Said Yes July 2018
    Sarah ·
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    An alternative might be to organize a yoga class or golf game or macrame workshop for the day of the wedding...that way you're not providing every guest with a bunch of stuff they might just throw out but still letting them know you have their happiness and comfort in mind :-)

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  • LibbyLane
    Super July 2018
    LibbyLane ·
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    Unless it's something that you really want to do, I'd skip them. Especially because you said most of your guests are travelling less than 4 hours.

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  • Must Love Cats
    Master October 2017
    Must Love Cats ·
    • Flag

    We are doing them. Some bottled water, snacks and a thank you brunch for the next day detail card will be in my bag.

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  • Erin Wood
    Master July 2017
    Erin Wood ·
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    I originally wanted to. It's a nice touch but if you don't have the time/money to do it then just skip it.

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  • SLR
    Super November 2016
    SLR ·
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    We did them and our guests appreciated it. We did the usual water, sweet/salty snacks, advil, etc. and then we added in a craft beer from a local brewery and coffee from a local cafe. We got a lot of compliments on how personalized they were.

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  • MrsMet
    Super July 2017
    MrsMet ·
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    @mmbrake my hotel has an online portal that we can log in to and see who has booked in our block. I plan on making welcome bags and I'm going off that to account for how many I need.

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  • Constance
    VIP October 2017
    Constance ·
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    Nope. I've never received one that I actually found useful.

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  • lyla
    Master July 2017
    lyla ·
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    We're skipping it. Our guests are spread out at a ton of different hotels in the area so it would be a logistical nightmare to find out all of their travel plans. I've never been to a wedding that had them so I don't think they're necessary at all.

    Since yours are all in one hotel, I'd ask the hotel how much they charge for distributing them. Most hotels charge $2-5 per bag, which is often more than the value in the bag itself. If your hotel charges for it, I'd skip it. If they don't, you might as well do it since you can DIY these very cheap. Most people won't use them, but it can't hurt.

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  • Mrs. Coolwhip
    Expert May 2017
    Mrs. Coolwhip ·
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    We skipped them

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  • Steagles
    Devoted August 2017
    Steagles ·
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    Nope. We have blocks at 2 different hotels but most guests I've heard from are doing AirBnBs anyway.

    ETA: clarity

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  • Km42118
    VIP April 2018
    Km42118 ·
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    Just got a gift bag from a wedding a few weeks ago and honestly all the items were throw away type (except the chocolate- YUM!). Don't spend the money on clutter items that guests don't need.

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  • A
    Beginner September 2017
    Alicia ·
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    We are having wedding baskets and including water, a his and her favorite food snack, Advil, info card and not 100% on anything else yet

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  • DrJames
    Devoted September 2017
    DrJames ·
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    Skipping them.

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