Post # 1
Egad! I could not get my guests to agree on hotels and I am sending my coordinator out to 8 different hotels in Santa Barbara. I am bringing them to the ninth and I am skipping the tenth which is very out of the way and has two couples. I just can’t do it all.
Guest bags may not be worth it if the guests can’t agree on a hotel to stay at! My mother said the middle of Santa Barbara to her friends. I said cheap and in the heart of Santa Barbara to my starving artists, FI said Montecito, and MIL said 1/2 an hour away in Carpinteria! Egad!
Beware before you enlist this project. My team couldn’t agree!
Post # 3
I’m a little concerned about this as well. Too early to tell what people will decide as far as accomodations. Can you pass them out at the rehearsal dinner/ welcome party instead?
Post # 4
Thats actually a great idea for the welcome party!
Post # 5
I have a similar situation. Most of our guests will be traveling from out of town, but a lot of them will stay with friends or family who are locals. I opted NOT to give them OOT bags, thinking that their accommodation hosts will feed them up and be available to answer any questions about how to get around. I will only be giving OOT bags to those who are traveling from overseas, as most of them have never been to Africa before. Of course they’re also going to be scattered about, but it’s a more manageable group to locate for delivering the gift bags.
Post # 6
I hadn’t thought of this. Thanks for the heads-up. I’m only going to do OOT bags for the people who stay at the hotel where we blocked rooms. Other people are on their own. However, I think I picked the most reasonable hotel to reserve. If people are going to splurge on a fancy place, they can spring for their own breakfast treats and ask the concierge for local info.
Post # 7
Oy! 10 different hotels? I’d scrap the entire OOT bag idea at that point.
Hmm, unless you were having some sort of “Welcome BBQ” or “Welcome Cocktails” then you could just hand them out to the couples there? That’s a lot of traveling to hand out the OOT bags… What a wonderful hostess you are 🙂
Post # 8
Whoa…10 hotels…that’s alot. My fiance and I are thinking of nixing the OOT bags. We’ve blocked rooms & yes his family is from the UK & will be coming over and staying at the hotel & I’ll have friends & family there as well but I’m unsure how important they are. I’ve received many and honestly I end up throwing more than half the stuff out because I don’t want to travel with it. We are hosting this extravagant wedding with other weekend plans to share, unsure if the little OOT bag is really needed. If anything, we might just give a bottle of wine to those that attend a welcome party.
Post # 9
Just pass them out early! Let everyone know you can pick them up at the rehearsal or have them sitting out or something, assuming everyone is invited to the rehearsal dinner simce they’re all OOT.
Post # 10
We did OOT and drove them around to 4-5 different places, skipped the last one because it was just too far. I wanted to do the OOT to thank everyone who came from out of town for the wedding (and make sure they had all the info they needed!), but at some point you have to be sane. Pick 1 or more places for OOT bags if that is what you want! Having a recommended hotel or two at most helps 🙂
Post # 11
Wow that sounds like too much work!! Hopefully all my guest will stay at the one hotel my Fi and I will be staying. We listed only one hotel on our invites and I did do price checks and our hotel was about the same as everything else in the surrounding area.
Post # 12
10 hotels! Why guests think the bride should be waiting on all of them the whole wedding?
Post # 13
Exactly why I decided against this idea. Nice in theory, but once it gets too complicated, forget it!
Post # 14
- Wedding: September 2009 - Westwind YWCA camp
anyone staying in gaviota?? That would just make it even across the board I guess!
Post # 15
I like the idea of welcome bags but since SO many ppl are coming fro out of town, I don’t know if it will be feasible. We may just give them to ppl who get rooms at hotels we block rooms at.
Post # 16
Well I’ve got people staying all over the place. Some in hotels, camp grounds, rented houses and bed and breakfasts. I’m not going to do for all of them. I’m just going to make a hanging tag for the hotel doors that says, “Part of the wedding party” They can hang it on their doors so that they can meet each other before and after the wedding and have people to carpool with or grab a drink with over the weekend.
Our friend has offered to make our goodie bags for our golf and wine outings.