Post # 1
Hi Maine brides!
We’re getting married on Mount Desert Island in September, and I told myself I wasn’t going to worry about much until after the first of the year, after booking all our vendors in the fall.
Since most of our guests will not have been to MDI before, we’re considering this a destination wedding and want to find cute, useful, Maine themed items for OOT bags. I can’t spend too much – maybe $8-10 apiece at the most? Is that reasonable? We’re doing one bag per couple so it should only be about 75 bags.
I thought about locally made soaps, cookies, maybe a magnet or notepad or something? popcorn? Jam? any themed treats that you’d recommend? Also a map of the area, bottle of water….
Post # 3
@fieldielover: We’re getting married in ME too and it’ll be the first time for most of our guests.
We were thinking either syrup samplers (or maple candies if lots of people are flying) and then maybe some lobster shaped chocolates and a map/tourist guide to Mid-Coast Maine.
We are also maybe going to do a bottle of wine and see’s candy from CA (since I’m from CA).
Post # 4
Maine OOT bags here as well. I haven’t purchased anything for them yet, but since we’re doing more of a wedding weekend, I’ll be putting in a welcome letter/itinerary, map of the area, nearby restaurant menus, bottled water, maine postcards, nautical themed snacks (think gummy fish etc), lobster lollipops, blueberry jam, tylenol, etc…
Mrs. Starfish did an absolutely adorable Newport-themed bag which I’ll be modeling my own a lot after. See here. So cute!
Post # 5
That sounds so sweet! Why not get those cute lobster lolly pops? I’ve seen them around here
I think if you go with a map, water bottle (maybe DIY a cute wrapper for the water bottle), a magnet, lollipop, and postcard you should be good to go!
Post # 6
Oh, I also bought about a million lifeguard chairs that hold a tealight candle in the seat when I originally thought they were going to be part of our centerpieces. After deciding against them, I couldn’t return them, so we’ll also be using some of them up by including those in the rooms of our OOT guests and maybe painting their initials or something on them if I get creative enough 😉
Just like these but holds a tealight candle in the seat:
Post # 7
I highly recommend anything lobster related (soaps or candies shaped like lobster) since that is such a huge thing in Maine. Also, salt water taffy.
Post # 8
I am a Sept Maine bride as well! Yay! We are also doing OOT bags, and my list of items so far includes Poland Spring Water, Lobster Gummies (i’m going to buy in bulk and put into little plastic baggies), mini jars of Maine Blueberry Jelly from Stonewall Kitchen, mini jars of Maine Maple Mustard from Stonewall Kitchen, Pretzels (for dipping), and a couple of other salty/sweet snacks purchased in bulk from BJ’s. I may also do some cookies or even a whoopie pie, since Maine (or the Amish – there is a debate) claims fame to the first whoopie pie.
I got the mustard and jellies for $1 a piece, and the rest will be fairly cheap. The bags I purchased at The Christmas Tree Shop for less than $2. They are cute canvas madras bags that are definitely reusable. I’ll be under $10 per bag total and luckily, I will only need to make 25 since I’m doing one per couple/family.
I also wanted to add something Moose related, since we’re getting married in the mountains, but I couldn’t come up with much for the OOT bags. Instead our favor is going to be a locally, handmade clay moose ornament with our city name and the year. We collect ornaments from wherever we travel to so the favor has some personal meaning to us as well.
Post # 9
Yay Maine! You all have great ideas listed – one I will add is that Haven’s chocolates makes a really cute set called “Lobster on the rocks” – it’s a lobster shaped chocolate, and then beach pebble “rocks” made of chocolate. The rocks are really cute, and not too expensive (especially if you buy in bulk).
One thing I thought would be cute would be to make mini blueberry pies, or mini whoppie pies.
If you have guests that will be traveling through Portland, the visitors bureau and Casco Bay Ferry lines have tons of great (free) brochures and maps of the city. I also have about 50 leftover from my wedding – PM me if you would like them or could use them. 🙂
Post # 10
eeep! 75 bags at $10 a piece? Yikes!!!$750 is a lot of money for something that guests may toss.
I think some of those cute lobster-shaped chocolates would be great! What about some saltwater taffy? Or mini maple syrups? Chocolate-covered blueberries? Ohhh i’m having chocolate cravings now!
Post # 11
@chrispygal: Such great ideas!!! Can I ask how you got the Stonewall jam & mustard for only $1 each?? I would love to get in on that deal!!
Post # 12
@MrsMaine: My sister’s friend owns a store and ordered them for me at cost. A great deal, I know! I think it’s cute to have a few “Maine” related items in the bag, but they don’t all need to be that way. If you go to BJ’s or Costco or something, you can buy in bulk and get at least 3-4 snacks per bag for less than a couple bucks. Guests will eat these items and appreciate the extra thought. Pair this with your Maine items and the brocures, welcome letter/packet and I think it’s plenty.
Post # 13
WOW! I posted this shortly before leaving Bar Harbor, where we spent Christmas, back to Boston – now I’m home and loving all the ideas. Thanks guys!!
I worked on our website much of the weekend, and its really fun to get people excited about visiting a new place…I think the reason I’m hung up on some of these details like the bags is that I really want people to feel that after coming all this way (from all over the country!) they were well taken care of and really got to see and experience a special place. Obviously a few lobster shaped chocolates isn’t the most important part, but I think its a great touch to welcome them. THANKS! Yay Maine brides!!
Post # 14
@chrispygal: Lucky duck! Guess I’ll suck it up and pay full price hahaha!
@fieldielover: Agreed! Just really want everyone to feel welcome 🙂
And may I say I’m so happy that the Maine board is becoming pretty active!!
Post # 15
@chrispygal that is a GREAT deal on those stonewall kitchen goodies, super jealous!
@fieldielover, you might want to consider sticking Island Explorer (the free Acadia/MDI shuttle) and Cranberry Cove Ferry schedules in your OOT bags so people have easy access to that info.
Another food item are the whoopie pies by Cranberry Island Kitchen (they have a store in Portland and are sold at the Portland whole foods but you can find them online too)
Post # 16
I went to a wedding in Maine as an OOT guest and their bags included cookies with a nautical theme, a small jar of blueberry jam, a keychain that had some sort of knot (don’t know the name) as well as other items like bottled water and snacks. I think the water and snacks (themed or not) are the way to go rather than candle holders or stuff like that. I know I appreciated something to snack on when I was in the room. The only other thing I would caution is to make sure that the items are travel friendly. Unfortunately, we had to leave the jam behind since it was 4 oz and we weren’t checking bags.