Hotel gift bags for wedding guests?


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Hotel gift bags for wedding guests?

This is absolutely not a requirement. Most weddings I’ve attended did not offer this, and I was not at all offended.

That being said, we did them for our wedding. Our reception wrapped up around midnight, we had an open bar all night, and then we met back at the hotel for more drinks in our room, so we figured that people might appreciate a little midnight snack or a morning pick-me-up.

The hotel charging $6/7 apiece for the bags to be delivered to the rooms is a load of horse crap. For ours, we brought the assembled bags to the hotel a few days in advance, and on the wedding day they were sitting behind the counter in a box (along with the gift bags from several other weddings that were using the same hotel that night). As our guests checked in, the hotel clerk handed them a gift bag along with their room key … so see if they charge for that option. If they will charge you for any means of giving the bags to your guests, then I would just scrap the idea and not feel one bit bad about it. You shouldn’t have to blow that much money to give your guests some snacks.

We probably spent around $150 total to make around 20 gift bags. I started by ordering some reusable fabric shopping bags from a website. We then went to a warehouse-type store and bought $100 worth of treats in bulk (big boxes of individually packaged portions) … offhand I remember that we had mini coffee cakes, bottles of water and Gatorade, and Cheez-Its for sure; and probably some stuff like chips, pretzels, cookies or chocolates, granola bars, and I think we may have found small packets of aspirin to throw in there as well. We typed out a letter thanking the guests for coming, and suggesting some stores and restaurants in the area if they needed something during their stay.

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