Anyway, here we go with some Wedding Welcome Bag Do's and Don'ts as determined by me and my crowd sourcing. Feel free to add your own or disagree with me completely. We're talking Funyons here, not rocket science.
DO: A decent bag or box to hold everything. My bride sprung for these adorable cotton totes from Pressed Cotton.
DON'T: Use cheap paper party bags. I've had many a paper bag tear on me under the weight of a few water bottles.
DO: A ribbon to tie the handles together. Bonus if it's pretty. This keeps everything in it's place once the bags are in the hands of the hotel staff. Plus, you can add a note to the outside identifying the bride & groom/wedding they're attending.
DO: Write a welcome note! A quick, general note that welcomes them and lets them know any pertinent details about the event/transportation/timing will be much appreciated
DO: Hydrate your guests. Water is the #1 requested necessity from wedding/hotel guests. And remember that many guests will have two to a room. Calculate for foods & drinks accordingly!
DO: Add a cutesy themed beverage if your city/locale has something specific it's known for.
DON'T: Give them things that will get ruined in the bag. For example, Philly is known for it's Tastykake baked goods. However, they are soft and easily smushed and wouldn't last 30 seconds in this type of bag.
DO: Play Doctor. A few packets of Advil and a couple band-aids might not get used but there's a good chance they will! From heels that hurt to the inevitable hangover headache, these are quick, cheap items your guests will thank you up and down for.
DON'T: Fill up the bag with brochures. If your guest need something to do in the area, those same brochures are most likely already in their hotel room. Plus, the front desk knows all.
DO: Provide maps if your guests are on their own for finding their way around your wedding events.
Making everything color coordinated goes without saying, right? I thought so.