Maggie
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Necessary or Not: Welcome Bags?

Maggie, on February 19, 2019 at 11:05 AM Posted in Planning 0 89
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It’s always nice to give your out-of-town guests some wedding goodies and local information, but it also adds another item to your budget and to-do list! How are those extras to your guests’ experience? Are welcome bags an option you’re skipping out on?


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  • Mrs. H
    Master September 2019
    Mrs. H ·
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    Not necessary IMO. We will be giving our wedding party gifts at the RD though!

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  • Danielle
    Master June 2019
    Danielle ·
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    Not necessary, and not something I even considered doing. Bride on a budget here!

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  • JustKidding
    VIP April 2018
    JustKidding ·
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    Not necessary. Just wasting money.

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  • Danielle K
    VIP June 2019
    Danielle K ·
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    Not necessary. Most of our guest are from in town or not far out of town. For the few that are from out of town, they will probably stay with family that are in town.

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  • Angerra
    VIP August 2019
    Angerra ·
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    Not necessary but I like the idea so we'll be dropping off the bags to the hotels to give out.
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  • M
    Super November 2019
    Melissa ·
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    Welcome bags arent a necessity. But it's a nice gesture.
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  • Melissa
    VIP October 2018
    Melissa ·
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    Totally not necessary - especially when your hotel wants to charge you an extra $5-10 PER BAG to give them to the guests. I was not going to buy all the supplies, make the bags and THEN shell out another $400 just to have the hotel hand them to our guests. No thank you.

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  • Tara
    Master May 2020
    Tara ·
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    Unnecessary for my situation. All the guests except two live within the same state, it won’t be some tourist attraction for them.
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  • Mandy
    VIP May 2019
    Mandy ·
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    Me either.. wasted money to me. What if they all don't get used/taken, then you're left with extra of everything..

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  • Maggie
    Champion October 2025
    Maggie ·
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    Oof, that is a heavy price tag for trying to be nice and making welcome bags, Melissa.

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  • Martika
    Expert September 2019
    Martika ·
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    Not necessary. We are on a budget. We will be skipping this one.

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  • Mrs.
    Super May 2019
    Mrs. ·
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    Not necessary. It's a very nice gesture, but it's difficult to account for everyone's allergies and sensitivities and style unless you only have a very small group you're putting together bags for. I saved on these and instead I put my money towards the reception to host my guests there!

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  • Abby
    VIP March 2019
    Abby ·
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    Not necessary or something I would want to pay for.
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  • Alyssa
    Super July 2019
    Alyssa ·
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    Not necessary but I'm considering putting together something in terms of a welcome bag since all of our guests are out of state.
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  • Alicia
    VIP August 2019
    Alicia ·
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    Definitely not necessary. I suppose if you have a very large budget to work with, they're a nice idea, but definitely not even a thought for us budget brides!

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  • Maggie
    Champion October 2025
    Maggie ·
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    Where would you put them, Alyssa? Would you have someone place them in their hotel rooms or are you having some sort of welcome get together that you could hand them out at?

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  • Alyssa
    Super July 2019
    Alyssa ·
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    If we do them I'd have them given to the guests at check in.
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  • Clara
    Dedicated August 2019
    Clara ·
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    I don't think they are necessary but we'll be doing very simple ones. No crazy gifts or personalized bags. We'll be working with the resort to put them in people's rooms. Each cabin sleeps 2-8 people so we might just do something for each cabin and not necessarily each person. Ours is a destination wedding so I think having some sort of schedule and snacks is important in that situation. I know I always appreciated it at weddings that had them!

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  • Chandra
    Master May 2019
    Chandra ·
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    My mom is hellbent on doing them! Lol its cute how excited she is bout them. I personally dont have feelings on them one way or another.
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  • Alisha
    Dedicated November 2020
    Alisha ·
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    Not necessary for us and our guests. We do not have any out of town guests invited to the wedding so it would be somewhat of a waste.

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