Amanda and Vee
Savvy November 2018

Welcome bags? Worth It?

Amanda and Vee, on July 6, 2018 at 4:11 PM Posted in Planning 0 33
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I have seen lots of photos of sweet, customized welcome bags for guests to receive upon arriving at the hotel. But what started out as a cute idea to pin has snowballed into a logistics and expense pit - and it's making me wonder how necessary or realistic they are? Are you all going all out on these? Are guests expecting these? Taking a poll and wondering what you've all done/planned? Would love to see pictures too!

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Latest activity by Miriam, on July 7, 2018 at 5:26 PM
  • yasmeen
    Devoted November 2018
    yasmeen ·
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    Lol I hope my guest aren't. I see no point of it really. You're making or buying wedding favors, buying their meal and drink and entertaining them. I don't see the point of spending any more money but that's me
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  • K
    Savvy July 2018
    kaycee ·
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    I only did them because I’m having a destination wedding. We did chapsticks, sunscreen, chips, snacks and water. We also added a little welcome packet to the island etc...
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  • muriel
    Champion June 2018
    muriel ·
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    I think they are just another example of us mere morons trying to do everything we see on Pinterest or Style Me Pretty but with less than 1% of their budget.

    Every Welcome bag I have received as a guest was a waste of time and money, filled up with stuff the hotel already provided -water anyone? or brochures that are readily available in the lobby or information available online. Other bags contained things that of course everyone already brought with them to an island wedding. Who goes to the tropics and doesn't being sunscreen, Chapstick and sunglasses?

    It's too easy to fall prey to the idea that "more is better" when it comes to weddings (reference the bridesmaid canvas bags filled with junk from the dollar store and Target).

    Your guests already know you are happy that they are coming to the wedding. If you feel you must do something, a card with a few words of welcome and the location of the nearest coffee shop would work for me.

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  • DC Wife 10.27.18
    Master October 2018
    DC Wife 10.27.18 ·
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    We are doing bags but we only have a few people coming from out of town. We definitely are not going all out.

    Ours include:

    Ibuprophen

    Pepto

    Water bottles

    A small bottle Mumbo Sauce (DC thing)

    Route 11 chips (DC Based)

    Welcome letter

    Something sweet from Capital Candy Jar (DC based)


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  • Amanda and Vee
    Savvy November 2018
    Amanda and Vee ·
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    Love that you're including locally sourced stuff!!

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  • DC Wife 10.27.18
    Master October 2018
    DC Wife 10.27.18 ·
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    Thank you!! I love my city!! FHs family is coming all the way from Germany. My BFF is traveling home from Sicily and we have people coming from across the country. I'd like to give them a little taste of DC.

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  • MrsSnez
    Super October 2018
    MrsSnez ·
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    We're doing them only because it's a DW and I'll only make about 20 bags total (that's with making separate kids bags). I definitely don't think they're necessary and I've never actually received one as a guest. Our contents are pretty similar to DC bride, nothing crazy. We did order custom playing cards too though (the only thing FH asked for).
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  • B
    Expert September 2018
    Brittany ·
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    I'm not doing any and hopefully it isn't expected! My family has never received one at weddings and neither have I so maybe it depends on your circle, but I defiantly wouldn't expect the couple to worry about that!

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  • firstoneat56
    Master August 2017
    firstoneat56 ·
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    I think these are a complete waste of money. Put the money towards the food or alcohol at the wedding. Your guests will appreciate that a lot more than a bottle of water or chips.
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  • MrsV1027
    Master October 2018
    MrsV1027 ·
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    We aren't doing them as logistically it would be a nightmare for us since our wedding is in Vegas and everyone will stay wherever they want.

    At my cousins wedding however we all stayed in her families hotel and had welcome bags. I LOVED it. I was hungry when I got back to the hotel and was so glad to have snacks and water. The wedding though was on a small island in Ohio in the fall so picking up food somewhere after the reception was literally not an option as it was the off season when only the locals are there and there's no fast food.

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  • MrsV1027
    Master October 2018
    MrsV1027 ·
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    I should note that another cousin got married and we all stayed at the same hotel a year prior and there were no welcome bags. I didn't even think much about it or even realize that was a thing till the other cousin got married a year later and had them.

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  • FutureMrsKC
    Master January 2019
    FutureMrsKC ·
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    I wanted to do these so bad but our guests are staying all over the place and we wouldn't be able to logistically get them to everyone and they're definitely an added expense.

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  • H
    Beginner October 2019
    Haylee ·
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    I personally think that money in a budget can be better spent somewhere other than a welcome bag. Our guests will be coming anywhere from 2 and a half to an hour away, so I don't think it is really necessary. I don't think anyone is expecting a bag, and they would be more appreciative of a more useful favor or better alcohol at the reception. But whatever you do, make sure it's what you want, and not what you think others expect Smiley smile

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  • Tamika
    Savvy September 2018
    Tamika ·
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    I am going to do bags, have about 20 family members coming from out of town.
    Advil
    Pepto
    Bottle of Coke (Atlanta based)
    Granola bar
    Chips
    Welcome note with important times (shuttle to venue, breakfast time for day after wedding)
    Total cost per bag $3
    I think it is just something nice for your guest to receive after a long flight, and also the note will answer a lot of their questions.
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  • Jen
    VIP July 2018
    Jen ·
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    I keep going back and forth about the same thing... I'd love to do it but with 25 bags and the fee the hotel charges to deliver them, I'd probably end up spending like $300 or more. I really don't think people expect them at all. I'm 95% sure we're skipping them!

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  • Kristin
    Super May 2018
    Kristin ·
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    I did them! Could we have lived without them? Absolutely. But it was a fun little project and I think the guests appreciated it. The bags had: water, tissues, mints, hershey kisses, advil, shout wipes, granola bar, cheddar crackers, graham cracker cookies, frosted sugar cookies, and a welcome note.

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    Dedicated August 2018
    Sandi ·
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    We did them! Included a little “hangover kit” (two bottles of water, Advil, and crackers), a couple of bagged snacks, brochures from local fun places to visit, and personalized door hangers (I made 30 for about $8). I made the stickers for the front on my Cricut, they say “Thank you for coming all this way to help us celebrate our special day”.
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  • A
    Devoted May 2020
    Ali ·
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    We are completely skipping this step.we are only planning on having 3 families coming out for our wedding (sort of a destination wedding, it's about a 2 hour drive with traffic from our home). We are providing the clothes for everyone that's important (not to say that people are unimportant, just mostly our parents and FH grand parents), and food, and a place to stay if they so choose. Granted, it'll be close quarters, but still a place for everyone to sleep. We are renting a cabin in pigeon forge, tn and having everything there. We are making all the food and cakes ourselves with the exception of the vegan cupcakes (I'm going to have my sister either order them and I pay for them, or she can make them herself and I'll pay for everything that way she knows for sure they're vegan because her and her family are veganites). My parents will have to stay at least 1 night with us because they're probably going to drive home (are 16 hour drive from pigeon forge) with our boys (mine from a previous marriage), and possibly his grand parents because it's in the mountains and we don't want anyone to die because we chose to have them travel to a place they've never been.
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  • OrangeCrush
    Super October 2017
    OrangeCrush ·
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    Yep I agree. I am pretty chill about things but when it comes to lotions, lip balms, etc I am picky. I have enough lotion and candles to last until fall 2019 and I bring my own bottle for water.

    Skip them, out money towards food and drink.

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  • Jill
    Expert August 2018
    Jill ·
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    I'm doing them, but keeping them budget friendly. And only a dozen, filled with:
    2 bottle of water, 2 granola bars, 2 individual size bag of chips, a pack of Peeps,and a handful of Hershey kisses. Each one cost less than $3, and we have quite a few guests making a 5-10 hr drive, so we thought they would appreciate something to nibble on once they got to the hotel.
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