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Do You Need Wedding Welcome Bags?

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In a word, yes. Providing welcome bags for your guests staying in hotels is a gracious courtesy that your wedding guests will really appreciate. Do you remember the time you arrived in some strange city and got to your hotel room late at night? Your options, a $4.00 bottle of water and a $5.00 Milky Way from the honor system mini-bar, a $25.00 hamburger from room service, or starve to death.

But wait, your wonderful hosts anticipated your plight and provided you with a swag bag with fresh fruit, trail mix, chocolate chip cookies and bottled water. Fortified with these goodies, you are able to wait until morning when the complimentary breakfast is served.

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Consider for a moment the effort your guests exerted in order to attend your wedding. Assuming they are normal people and not flying in on Donald Trump's private jet, they had to ask off work, use up their precious vacation days and vacation budget (to fly to Detroit?),
buy a new dress or suit, have their nails done,
visit a tanning salon, get a haircut, buy a gift,
travel by air or car costing lots of money
or saved up points, take a taxi or shuttle from
the airport, tip a bellman? Are there still bellman?

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Traveling is a hassle. It is tiring and expensive. So when your wedding guests arrive at the hotel and they are warmly greeted by a pretty and welcoming guest bag that you painstakingly prepared and designed with them in mind, they feel their efforts are appreciated. The message the hotel welcome bag delivers to your wedding guests is more than just Thanks for Coming. The message is "WOW, you are awesome and we love that you made this big trip and all the sacrifices to come be with us on our special day". Of course you can't say all that on the bag, but the welcome guest gift bag demonstrates that you too went to trouble and expense and considered what they would like.

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Since 2004, FAVORSYOUKEEP.COM has been the number one source for wedding welcome bags. Setting the trends not following them, the designs are original and varied. These bags are surprisingly roomy, sturdy and can accommodate all that is necessary. The bags measure approximately 8" x 10" x 5" deep excluding the handle. The next size up from there is really too big for most weddings. The larger size measures 16" x 12" x 6" which is more appropriate for destination weddings where you would want to put in a beach towel and flip flops etc.

When budgeting for your wedding, do not skimp on those small thoughtful things that will add to the enjoyment of your guests. They will not know the difference if your roses come from Oregon or Brazil but they will feel the difference in how they are greeted and valued.

Who receives the hospitality bags?

A hotel welcome bag is usually for one couple or one person. If two groomsmen are sharing a hotel room, they should each receive their own welcome bag.

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How do you stuff the hospitality bags?

Most of the hotel welcome bags on our site are stuffed with 3 or 4 pieces of tissue paper. That's because our welcome bag examples are empty! We recommend actually using 2 pieces of tissue paper in each gift bag. One piece is OK but could look a bit skimpy.

You could assemble your hospitality bag in one of the following ways

Put one piece of tissue paper in first. Add your goodies. Top off with the second piece of tissue paper.

Or put both of the tissue papers in first. When laying out your tissue paper, do not stack the sheets corner to corner but rather skew them to give the edges a 'handkerchief' look.

What Can Fit In A Wedding Welcome Bag

What to put in your hospitality bags

The most common thing that is put in the wedding out-of-town bags (OOT bags) is bottled water. Our bags will hold 2 bottles of water nestled with the goodies. However, regional issues should play a big part in the decision process.

If your wedding is in Napa Valley, you might want to forgo the water and put in a small bottle of local wine. If your wedding is in Texas, you might want to put in hot sauce, packages of our Honey Glazed Pecans or Chocolate Covered Pecans. Visit your local Farmers' Market, if available, for ideas about regional products.

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An agenda, itinerary or map of the weekend events. You might have all that on your website but often guests forget to bring it with them and don't have web access.

An inexpensive or even free way to fill up your wedding guest gift bag is to visit the local visitors' center. They will give you armloads of maps, free coupons and brochures.

Do you have a favorite cookie, candy or muffin recipe? Put a freshly baked sample in the wedding guest gift bag along with the recipe.

From Costco or similar, get small travel size packages of Tylenol, gum, or mints, hand sanitizer and tissues.

Fresh fruit would be much appreciated or other similar snacks not found in a mini bar. I recommend fresh oranges because they do not easily bruise.

Download free Sudoku or crossword puzzles and put them in the welcome bags with a new sharp pencil. It's a fun way to unwind in their hotel rooms before turning off the light.

How to Design Your Wedding Welcome Bag

An essential thing to remember is that no one is walking down the aisle with these bags on their arms. Therefore, it is more important that the bag design match the place than the bridesmaid dresses. In the world of bag manufacturing, there are 2 terms to understand. Long runs and short runs. When Macy's orders bags, that would be a long run. Thousands at a time. They can order any color or pattern they want. But the color inventory for short run bags, 25 - 999, is limited to about a dozen colors. The color of the bag is actually ink, in most cases. The "dye lots" vary just like with fabric. The end result is that one cannot get too exacting about the color of the bag. It would be easier to use a neutral color bag and bring in your colors with the ink and tissue papers and ribbon.

Speaking about neutral colors, don't waste your time looking for an ivory welcome guest bag. The closest thing to it is oatmeal which is pretty and looks exactly like Quaker Oats.

You've heard the term, "Packaging is Everything". It is certainly true. From the boardrooms on Fifth Avenue to the decision makers at Proctor & Gamble, packaging is often more analyzed, more scrutinized, more agonized over than the product inside. So we learn from the wise gurus of Madison Avenue, do not skimp on the tissue paper! You have gone to so much effort and expense to prepare these wonderful welcome bags, don't deliver your precious bags to the hotels undressed. Not that you are undressed but the bags, without the beautiful trappings, look naked.

These final touches are important. By now, you are tired and depleted of funds. The wedding is around the corner and you are ready for it to be over. But for the guests, this is just the beginning. They have traveled from afar, taken vacation days, used air miles, bought a place setting from your registry and are all atwitter with anticipation. You cannot be at the hotel when they arrive to give them a welcome hug. You cannot hire a brass band to play when your guests arrive at their hotel, tired and hungry. But you can show great appreciation by having a well-prepared goodie bag to welcome them and save them from relying on the mini-bar for a snack.

How Bags are Printed

The short run printing of bags is a primitive printing process. The bags are printed FLAT. The printing area is the space between the bottom of where the handles are anchored and the top of where the folded bottom hits. That is approximately 4". The design will be centered in that space which will rarely be the optical center of the bag.

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