Ask a QuestionHere are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community or ask a new question.
We are having a destination wedding in February. We were wondering what kinds of things should we put in them. Any ideas?
By Marie D.
I would make small bags of toiletries that we all usually forget. Drug stores are great for buying those little travel size items. I would talk to the manager and ask if you can get a break on the price by buying by the case! Doesn't hurt to ask! Have a great wedding!
For my daughter's wedding in CanCun we included sunscreen, small amounts of bandaids, quetips, safety pins, sewing kit, aspirin, lip balm, pen and notepad with important times, locations and other guests' room numbers. I put everything in small back bagsI made embellished with the bridal couple's names and wedding date. We saw our backbags all over the resort. The dollar store was a great source for the items I needed. Have a great wedding!
I once received a little bag of do dads that had special meaning. I'm looking for a site that would have some ideas for creating such a gift to thank guests at a wedding and tell them how much they mean to us. Any ideas?
By D Gulla from Weymouth, MA
My then soon-to-be husband and I spent a very pleasant evening in early Jan 2011 filling little organza bags we bought from a crafts house online. We placed the bags at each guests table setting, and the bags were very well received:) He has beautiful calligraphy skills so we used a very nice card stock and he wrote a personalized thank-you for sharing our day note to attach to each bag.
You can spend a lot of money on those little gifts, or you can make them yourself; we used paper thistle, heather, roses, and my husband's family tartan in ribbon to make a small boutonniere/corsage to pin to each bag as a memento of our wedding, we also put wedding confetti, a champagne shaped bubbles and wand, and five sugared almonds in each bag.
Depending on your budget, gear the gifts towards the age and interests of your guests. Ours were all our age, lol, mid-fifties and were pleased to send us off in a shower of soap bubbles while wearing their 'wedding flowers' pins. I also gave each of the ladies at the wedding and luncheon (receptions aren't done in Scotland for the most part, a wedding 'breakfast' or luncheon is the norm) a rose from my bouquet.
When we were looking up all of this stuff in preparation for our frugal wedding, we saw some very elaborate gifts. Everything from mini-perfumes and after shaves, pocket knives, engraved trinket boxes, cigarette lighters, to silk scarves-wow, weddings can be very expensive! Google wedding favours to see what ideas you can find, that's how we came up with the ideas we used.
Our one year anniversary is coming up in January (17th) and we are sending a handmade card to each guest timed to arrive on our anniversary to thank them again for sharing that special day with us; on the card will be a hand embroidered fridge magnet.
Hope this helps, and thank-you for letting me bang on about one of the happiest days of my life:)
We are having our wedding this coming March. We will have a lot of out of town guests and some local friends and family staying at a hotel close to our wedding location. We are looking for some interesting ideas for items to put into their welcome bags. Please help.
By JoAnn from Wilmington, DE
Local map, state map, church information (if they are staying over a weekend), info regarding local attractions, list of all numbers and where everyone else is staying, info about local parks and pool (if the hotel doesn't have one), maybe a sheet with photos of the bridal party and a brief story of how everyone met, list of barber and beauty shops, perhaps a bag of home made cookies.
My neice is getting married in May and she found some good ides at Michaels. They have some mini cameras that she is going to give all her guest so they can take pictures and Michaels has them in bags of 5 cameras per bag, they even have projects you can make as favors.
I was looking through their wedding favors and they have a lot of great gifts for your guest to take home that will give them a lot of wonderful memories from you wedding. Check them out at www.michaels.com. If they do not have one your area it will still give you some good ideas of what you can do.
Michaels also has a lot of decorations for weddings also.
I hope this helps and that you have a wonderful Wedding with many years of a happy marriage.
If you do not have a Michaels in your area check your local Arts & Crafts store.
In their 'welcome' bag, our friends included water bottles, a granola bar/snack, mints, pen, pad of paper. We loved it & it all came in handy!
You could check out the local Chamber of Commerce. They often have visitors guides and local discount information to include. You can get this stuff free and it helps them get around. I think a couple bottles of water, map, area guide, wedding schedule, crackers, mints, chips or candy that you can buy in bulk at the warehouse store and then split up pretty cheaply.
ThriftyFun is one of the longest running frugal living communities on the Internet. These are archives of older discussions.
We have a lot of out-of-town guests for our May wedding and I am trying to figure out what I should put in their welcome bags. It's not a destination wedding and there isn't a theme. Any ideas?
Karrie from Hoboken, NJ
You are very thoughtful doing that. You could include some type of breakfast snack fruit, bagels, crackers, some type of homemade cookies. Anything you think will be easy to have made ahead and not too much trouble, but something like cookies sounds good to me. Enjoy your wonderful day. (10/04/2008)
I have two wedding parties and one of which is at a Malaysian beach resort for close friends and relatives. I filled all 50 mini sling bags with a tropical island picture with a couple wearing batik shirts in the background printed on it. I put in different kinds of tropical fruits: banana, apple, lychee, longan, chicku, starfruit, dragon fruit, and mangosteen all wrapped in a clear Ziploc bag and put inside the sling bag. The draw strings have a cute key chain made of Chinese clogs (wooden shoes).
I am doing my daughters wedding bag and I'm putting in a bottle of water, a small one, mints, a packet of aspirin for the next day headache, gum, a snack bar, and lotion and a little note with well wishes. (02/07/2009)
All wonderful suggestions. For my upcoming wedding, I thought I would include many of these items, and also a sewing kit and some stain remover pads or a Tide pen. (02/09/2009)
Our town's tourism office puts out free magazines with maps, restaurants, points of interest, the history of our town (it has a lot of Civil War history) and nearby attractions. It was great for out-of-towners to see a little more about the area they were in. You may want to check out your local visitor's center for information.
We have a local jelly/fruit processing company that has amazing jams, etc. So I bought little 8 oz. jars of various flavors and put one in each bag. I also included 2 bottles of water, a pack of gum, an apple, a little bag of pretzels, pen, and a little pad of paper and a personal note from my hubby and I. The note also included contact numbers for me, as well as my parents in case I wasn't available, and a timeline for the weekend. I decorated the outside of the bags with colors and theme that matched the wedding. (06/11/2009)
I went to a wedding with this, and they included muffins for breakfast (they used pre-packaged commercial ones, but you could make homemade ones), so we could eat light without going to a restaurant if we did not want to. They also had homemade cookies. Teabags would also be nice. (05/05/2005)
How about fruit, a magazine or two, and /or a local magazine that has local info. Maybe a scented candle, and don't forget the matches. (05/05/2005)
If your map doesn't show restaurants in the area of the hotel or motel where they are staying, you might manufacture a list of restaurants in the area by type of food. It will save them the hassle of hunting through a phone book and then not really knowing how far away it is. (05/06/2005)
Wow! What a great idea. I think you covered all the bases with the items already mentioned. (05/06/2005)
By Liz From Ontario
What a nice idea! How about menus for restaurants that deliver in case the hotel doesn't' have room service. A disposable camera may be a nice touch also. (05/06/2005)
How about a printout of the upcoming weather report for the days they'll be in town? I know weather reports aren't always accurate, but it will give them some idea of what temperatures to expect and whether or not they should be ready for rain. (05/06/2005)
How about a few things that people often need but have forgotten like band-aids, safety pins, and rubber bands. (05/06/2005)
My Aunt did this for her daughters wedding. She made tiny size jars of homemade jelly/jam and then packed in a Ziploc bag with two small bagels. Great for that morning when everybody is getting ready for the big day! (05/09/2005)
You could probably find some small sewing kits in a dollar store. (06/15/2005)
Go to the local visitors bureau and pick up a bunch of free brochures. Also, you could include the local newspaper, some snacks like chips, cookies, etc. (store bought or homemade). (06/23/2005)
I am having a fall wedding and will be creating over night bags for our guests staying with us. Try some wedding themed items. I am making leaf shaped cookies and packing them with candy corn and leaf shaped maple candies to tie in with the wedding theme. Also, if you are including water or wine in the bags don't forget plastic cups. I found really nice clear plastic ones from solo that are nicer than Styrofoam or plain plastic cups. We are also including sewing kits, and little bags with everything from band aids to cotton balls and q-tips. Plus, we're also adding travel sized packets of Advil for those guests who wake up the morning after needing some headache medicine. Good luck! (05/01/2006)
For the weather print out, you can go to weather channel.com, and print for the week ahead! All we did was mail brochures of our town (when we lived in Anchorage) and a list of hotels. I really like your idea, and think it is great for ANY occasion! I think a local restaurant brochure would be awesome, and maybe two or three "must see" places; I have a lot of museums and wineries around my new home, and I know people like to stay around a day or two after the wedding. Maybe pack some little coloring books and crayons for kids? (05/01/2006)
Putting transportation information in the bags along with a weekend itinerary is a good idea as well (03/12/2007)
You must include a bottle of water and snacks like granola bars. Also tossing in small chocolates or candies is nice. I've also received a small candle in them to make the hotel feel more like home. (06/06/2007)
We are from Pennsylvania so we are putting a pack of crayola crayons, Hershey candy, endless mountain water, a postcard that is stamped, so everyone can have a piece of Pennsylvania from the kids to adults. Then, since I am getting married in the summer, we went with the Burt's Bees theme. I have 55 gift bags that will be filled with Burt's Bees conditioner and shampoo, exfoliating soap, face wash, lotion, cuticle cream, exfoliating foot scrub, hand scrub, and who could forget lip gloss so everyone will be at their best :) I even got Burt's Bees children stuff for the little ones. (07/02/2007)
For my daughter's wedding we went with a Colorado theme. I went to the local farmer's markets and found vendors who were willing to work with me. I had a sample size (2-drink size) salsa bloody mary mix with a special label. Honey from honeyville, spice boys vanilla lavender lemonade, individual micro cakes from the greeting cake co., Boulder chips, and water from where my daughter and her fiance met! We also put in a few snacks such as homemade cookies, trail mix, etc. I made my own boxes with the engagement pictures (printed at office max for $3.00 for 24) on the outside of the box. This was fun and the welcome bags were unique! (07/29/2007)
I found a site which will personalize your welcome kits. They are absolutely fabulous! Go to www.chicasandbrides.com You don't have to spend a fortune in what you include in the welcome kits: an apple, homemade cookies, a small aromatherapy tea light, a granola bar, etc. What makes these great is that the presentation is awesome and you don't have to break your budget on the box or the contents. I don't think your guests will forget these! Good luck! (09/30/2007)
I am getting married in May '08 in Jamaica. I have personalized seashell bags with our names and the wedding date. The wedding coordinator will have a bag in each room of the guest upon arrival.
Inside the bag there will be personalized cameras with our photo on it, a set of four seashell candle set with a tag saying "thank you for sharing our special day" a seashell photo album book, a welcome letter from the bride & groom, and a post card from Jamaica. (11/13/2007)
I must thank you for all the wonderful ideas for welcome bags. My wedding is in July in Buffalo, NY and decided to fill my bags with water, snacks, menu's of local restaurants, candies, band-aids, lint brush and brochures of all the attractions in Buffalo including Niagara Falls. Thanks again! (02/04/2008)
By maisie & raul
I'm making 50 guest bags right now for my guests in Washington, DC and this is what I've done:
-I have been on the drinkmorewater.com site and had them make me water bottles with personalized labels with our picture on them. WAY CHEAPER than the knot.com bottles by the way!
-I put together a booklet with a picture of us on the cover. Inside is a note of thanks to all our guests, mentioning how far people have traveled, Transportation information around DC as well as directions for the big day (also for those who may forget the directions from their invitation), How to get around the metro (explaining how it works), What metro stops have what museums, historical landmarks, etc to visit, a listing of my favorite restaurants in DC and their addresses/metro stops, Evening entertainment at the resort as well as around the area for those that come down the day before, and a schedule of the wedding weekend.
- Included brochures of the resort and from some of the area attractions around it.
- Included a post card of DC.
- Also included mints, small lint brushes, personalized chocolates, chex mix, and cookie snack bags.
- Thinking about including the tea light candle now that I've read that on here. Sounds like a nice touch!
Even if the guests don't want to go site seeing around DC, they have a booklet that will help them get around when they are eventually ready to come back and tour. It's also not as expensive as you think to have 50 made! (04/01/2008)
I'm trying to come up with ideas for mine also (wedding coming up in July!) and here is what I have so far: homemade cookies, sudoku or crossword,etc. books for adults/older kids, coloring books and crayons for younger kids, snacks (e.g. granola bars, mints), map to wedding/reception, local brochures/maps, personalized welcome note. Also, I went to Micheal's craft store and purchased small bunches of our wedding flowers (gerberas and tulips) and am attaching one flower to each bag to dress them up a bit and to tie it into our wedding theme. I like the ideas on here about fruit, and the weather forecast too. (05/09/2008)
I am placing inexpensive picture frames in my bags and inside the frame I have a print out that says "And they lived happily ever after". I am also using a smaller version of the same framed saying for my wedding cake topper! (05/14/2008)
I am only having 25 people to my wedding so I went all out on the welcome bags. I feel that is one of the only places I could add my own personal touch. I am getting married in Key West. What I put in each bag was a scented sachet to put in your dresser that smells like Coconut lime. A travel size candle from my favorite store that has a tropical scent. Key lime jelly beans in a shoot glass, some home made Key Lime cookies. Personalized water bottles with our name on them and a tropical soap and lotion. That is for the couples and my single girlfriends. Then for the single guys I did everything the same except for the scented sachet, the soap & lotion instead I did mini shaving kits through Anthony Logistics which is my fiance's favorite. I made a label for the front of the bag also hung a small label of the handle that read "some of our favorite things" Thank you for sharing this special time in our lives with us! (05/17/2008)
My reception is at a beach resort. So I purchased tin beach buckets and filled them with lip balm, sandals, tropical soaps, cookies shaped like sandcastles, fun drinking straws, water bottles, and fish shaped candy. I also decorated the buckets with scrap booking stickers of flip flops, fish, tropical drinks, etc. They are then wrapped in tulle and tied with a bow. They each have a welcome note and agenda of the weekend events. I want one myself! (08/01/2008)
By Florida Bride