My wedding isn't until May, but I have a list of what I want to put in them based on ones I've gotten in the past. I'm thinking 2 Bottles of Water, 2 packs of Swedish fish (my family loves them), 1 individual pack of crackers, 1 individual bag of nuts or a healthy snack, 2 Advil individual Packets, Mini Hand Lotion and tissues. I might cut down the snacks and just do two total. It depends on how much everything costs. I also plan to put some info in the bag about things to do in the area and about the brunch on sunday.
I had a sticker name from vista print that had an L monogram and then our names and wedding date in our colors for the front of the bag. i had extra, so most got a sticker for the back too. i added two bottles of water, two bags of chips, a granola bar, two packets of tylenol, and a pack of big red gum. there were 3 other room blocks at my hotel though, and some of the bags had like tissue paper and ribbon...you can make it your own.
We had red bags that I bought from the dollar store (beware they fall apart semi easily. I had to tape some of them but most were ok). I made a card that had information on it. It had a picture of a cartoon bride and groom with ceremony time/ location, bus pick up/ drop off, after party, hashtag, etc. And I tied a ribbon to each with the card attached. Thinking back I didn't even take a picture of it, stupid me!
Inside I had 2 waters, bag of chips, mini chocolate, mini fruit candy, crackers, granola bar, advil and mints.
ETA: Every hotel I have ever been to has a binder with information and things to do in the area. So if you want to save yourself some time you don't really need to add that kind of stuff.
I'm trying to do a winter theme. I also got stickers from zazzle to put on the front. So far: water bottles, homemade trail mix (thanks mom!), clementines, candy canes, a couple bags of twining's winter spice tea, small tissue pack, advil, microwave popcorn, and probably a couple more small snacks.
So I so wasnt' interested in doing welcome bags- but after reading this- with the water/snacks/local to do's I kind of liek the idea- and I honestly don't have that many to do... herm- I think I'm sold!!!
My bags weren't anything special or unique, but I put the following items in them:
Maps and directions to RD and wedding location, timelines, two bottles of water, two granola bars, small pack of Pringles, 2 Lindt truffles, gum, tissues, individually wrapped shout wipes, Advil, and Pepto tablets
The small stuff was packaged together in a little drawstring bag as sort of a hangover kit.
Oooo, adding Advil, tissues, and #hashtag reminder to my list. Also, a map showing people where to park for the ceremony.
BTW, the city we're getting married in has a tourism department (don't know what else to call it, visitgainesville.com), and they are providing the bags and some brochures for our guests for FREE. FH came up with that little nugget
Buying bags from oriental trading! See below. Two mini water bottles, crackers, mints, mini tylenol, custom door hanger, wedding newsletter (things to do, timeline, etc), small back of tissues, and maybe small pack of cookies.
We had Kraft gift bags. I wrote "welcome love a+r" on the front. Inside it was snacks, water, Advil, postcard from where we were, info packet on stuff to do locally, timeline of planned activities and a thank you from us.
I plan on going to the dollar store and getting the individual packets of advil, also putting in snacks(chips) breakfast bar, bottle water, timeline of wedding, maybe a little bottle of soap or hand sanitizer
I didn't really do gift bags but I made a welcome bag for my closest relatives. It included special treats that they love and local treats that are unique to the area. This worked really well since I had a destination wedding.