Post # 1
I’m sure nobody can relate (heh) but I have a to-do list a mile long, and an expense to go along with every item. Among the things I reallyreally want to do are:
Programs (I’ve just about let go of this, though)
Out of town bags for the hotel rooms
Bridesmaids day-of bags with some goodies and supplies in them
But I’m considering relegating these things to the B list in the event of a loss of sanity/strain on the pocketbook. Of all the priorities, I think bridesmaids bags would be No. 1 (and they don’t have to be complicated, but I tend to go overboard), followed by out of town bags and then bathroom baskets.
I just need somebody to tell me that it would be 100% OK if I didn’t get any of these done. I’m getting the BMs custom clutches for their gifts, so it’s not like I’m leaving them high and dry, but I might feel a little crappy if I don’t get them treats for the day of. Maybe just pay for lunch in the hotel room?
Help me 🙂
Post # 3
I know this might sound crazy, but if you can do a really simple program to make yourself feel like you got it done, go onto vistaprint and use their free business postcards as programs 🙂 I just paid the $7 for shipping and it accomplished having some type of program
Post # 4
I think it’s okay – Do what’s going to make you happy. If you will stress and NOT enjoy the process of the above ‘extras’, then don’t.
If I may, as a guest, make a plug for a program…even a 5×7 piece of paper. I always appreciate knowing who’s who in the wedding party 🙂
Post # 5
@Vonnegut1105: If you want to do the bathroom baskets you can find a lot of the items plus the baskets to use at the Dollar Tree or Dollar store. That’s what I’m doing…cheap and easy peasy. :o)
Post # 6
Its okay to skip those things. I think lunch for your BMs would be nice. If you end up with some extra free time, as a guest I would enjoy the bathroom baskets the most because it seems like I always forget some crucial thing but I would NEVER expect them to be provided for me at a wedding. It is just nice when they are 🙂
Post # 6
I’m not doing any of them. I might not even do favors or have a bridal party. Haven’t decided yet.
Post # 7
Thanks, this is helpful – at the very least helping me conceptualize how to do these things 🙂 Because I really want to! But every day it seems I want to do more and more 😉
Post # 8
@Vonnegut1105: Yup that can happen. Especially when you’re on a website like this and seeing all these great ideas. Just make a list of things you know you don’t want to go without, and stick to it. Don’t take on more than you know you or your wallet can handle.
Post # 9
If it makes you feel any better I didn’t even know that people did any of them except the programs, lol. So my answer is it would be 100% OK not to do them. I do like the programs because not everyone knows the wedding party and we plan on putting something cute in them about each of our members. But other than that I would say your sanity and pocketbook are far more important!!
Post # 10
wow, that is a great idea!!
Post # 11
It’s 100% okay if you don’t do those things. Its just the wedding industry sucking us in, telling us we have to do this.
I planned on doing it all too, but now I’m not going to.
I will be doing bathroom baskets – cause you never know. And I’m going to buy our bridal party something, mostly just cause I love them! (Wedding party is made up of our siblings)
Post # 12
The only OOT bags I’m doing are for my international guests, and they will be Canada/Ottawa themed. So thats 3 couples – otherwise 99% of our guests are OOT, so it’d get out of control. No thanks.
I’m not doing programs. Or maybe I will. Definitely a “b” list item I’m refusing to think about until closer to the date.
Eeeh. I’m good on the bathroom baskets.
And I’m getting my girls a necklace/earrings set as well as paying their bar tab for the night. Dat’s it.
Post # 13
@mwitter80: is a rock star! What a freaking brillant idea.
Post # 14
You can skip all of those, but if money is the only issue with some/all of them, then there are definitely ways to make the programs at least, very inexpensively! I made mine in a simple book style and it cost me a whopping $7 for all of them.
Post # 15
@dodgercpkl: Those are adorable! How did you do them? 🙂