As far as welcome bags for teh guests when they arrive are you having a wedding planner make them so you dont have to ship them ? trying to figure out wihich is the best option.
I'm making mine when we get there, but I will have them already sorted out in plastic bags as best as I can so I'll only have to buy the last odds and ends and dump them in the real bags. I've also started a suitcase of stuff that I'm taking with me, welcome bags, welcome bag items, silk flowers for centerpieces, etc. Look into how much it will be to ship it in a box via FedEx, UPS, etc., vs. packing an extra suitcase and paying the baggage fee. I'm getting a lot of stuff there, I've found the closet Costos and have a list of all the things I'll need. I also found a SUPER website for individual sized stuff: http://www.minimus.biz/