Post # 1
Hey Bees! This is my first post. I have been reading the boards for a few months and, I have to say, you all rock my socks. 🙂 So many great opinions and stories here!
So I am hoping you won’t mind giving me your opinion as well.
Everyone has to travel to our wedding. As a favor, my guy and I thought it would be nice to give everyone a reusable grocery/shopping bag as a favor. We found a company that takes the proceeds from the sale and donates to a carbon offset program. We thought, since they are large, we could roll them up into galvanized buckets with twine around each bag and some ribbon around the bucket to make them look cute and put a thank you tag on each bag.
Thoughts? Is this a cute idea or totally lame? My mom doesn’t seem to understand–but she also takes plastic in the store so it could be just perspective.
Post # 3
I think that is a cute idea! I love reusable shopping bags – you can use them for EVERYTHING!
Post # 4
I think this is a great idea. In fact it sounds like something I’d even be interested in for favors. Where did you find the bags?
Post # 5
It’s a fantastic idea. We also considered the reuasable sandwich bags (snack taxis) in our wedding colors, but they were too pricey.
Post # 6
- Wedding: April 2011 - The Tribute Golf Club
I use reusable bags whenever I can remember. Good idea!
Post # 7
@magbride6351: I found the bags through a company called 1 Bag at a Time. Here is the exact link to the bag we’re looking at:
I called their toll free number, explained that I would like to order a volume and asked for a discount. They offered me:
$1.25 for 1-49 bags.
$0.95 for 50-99 bags
$0.89 for 100+*
If you go this route, be sure to call and inquire about the price. 🙂
They only have one version of this clean air bag but they have about 1000 left. The bag doesn’t match our colors exactly but being able to help with carbon offset matters more than colors to us. And I think the design is cute besides so I’m not bothered.
One thing to keep in mind with the bags that we thought of was their ability to be rolled or folded. If you’re shopping around, you may want to avoid the bags that have the hard plastic insert since they would be harder to fold/roll and display nicely (if that’s a concern).
Post # 8
Love the idea! And your name & pic…made me bust out laughing 🙂
Post # 9
@CaraMia10: I am glad! I love to laugh, hopefully you’re not the last to get a giggle out of the Canadian Bacon. 😉
Post # 10
great for the environment – cute – and fun – I don’t really get favors – they don’t really exist in the UK – and as far as I’m concerned – unless they’re edible then they’re just going to get chucked out!! – but reusable bags are great – everyone needs them!!!!!
Post # 11
@magbride6351: Totally not ignoring you, girlfriend, my comment is going through moderation.
Post # 12
Thanks for the feedback everyone. Here is a picture of the bag.
Post # 13
its a very green idea and a favor that the guests will actually use, but i think it all comes down to the way its presented and wrapped
Post # 14
I think it’s a great idea! I also use plastic at the grocery store b/c we need poop bags for our dog, but I’d still like it. Plus if they’re traveling they can use it to put things in that they’ve picked up along the vacation.
Post # 15
@artbee: We reuse produce bags as poop bags for our dog. 🙂
Post # 16
@bells: You know, I have the same concern with display. Here’s what I am picturing.
A favor table set up with the bags as opposed to having bags at everyone’s place setting. I think they would be too big and overwhelm the tables. But the favor set up would be at the entrance/exit so people can take one when they leave.
The table would have some of the same decorations as the other tables/surfaces in the venue.
The bags would be rolled and tied with twine. Twine is a recurring element in the reception decoration. They would be placed in galvanized buckets or apple orchard buckets, standing up, with some ribbon and twine tied around the bucket and some wildflowers standing in the bucket with the bags.
Another recurring theme is twine “clotheslines” with letter strung across held up by clothespins. “Love is sweet” over the dessert table below is a good example. We thought we could put a clothesline sign over the bags saying “To have and to hold”. It would match other signs we plan to have like that.
Interested in your honest opinion after hearing this. 🙂 This is exactly why I am asking, it’s helpful to bounce this idea before purchasing!
Some inspiration photos below including rolled bags (but I hate their set up), two different buckets and the clothesline idea. Picture the buckets with standing rolled bags tied with twine and some flowers for a different color/texture.
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