Post # 1
I am having a beach destination wedding, and trying to put together a fun AND practically OOT bag for all my guests. At the same time, we want to keep the cost low so we don’t end up spend a fortune for these. Do you girls have any suggestions as in what items should be included??
Post # 3
A small bottle of sunscreen
Post # 4
depending on what beach and what time of year…bug spray, mini fan, water bottles, maps, lists of places to shop, eat, and things to do (and directions, welcome card from you and you FI, snacks/fruit (something local perhaps), disposable camera
Post # 5
We just put together ours. We put a travel size bottle of sunscreen (99 cents each at Target), various snack sizes of crackers, cookies, pretzels, and some chocolates (all from Costco), water bottles, bottle opener with location on it (Florida), cute swizzel sticks, a booklet with info on the area (free from the area tourism office), and a welcome note from us with the agenda for the weekend.
Post # 6
I’m trying to put mine together right now. The biggest priorites for me are: 1) information about the area and the events of the weekend including phone numbers. There’s nothing worse in my opinion than having a huge caffee craving that you just have to put up with just to find out there’s a Starbucks a block and a half from the hotel! 2) Bottled water. Second to the Starbucks craving I soooo hate how expensive the water is in hotels and I usually don’t have change on me for the vending machines. So I either drink tap water in a strange place (ICK!) or just suck it up. 3) Snacks. Just like the water, I never have any change when that snack craving hits at 2am.
Post # 7
for the bag itself, maybe a tote bag like mrs. lemon’s? that’s what i used and now everyone has them in their car for the grocery store – and they were CHEAP (1.15 apiece)! i put in a list of nearby destinations and restaurants that we’ve actually been to and what we liked about them. consider a map of the area – i didn’t find one until AFTER the wedding and i’m still kicking myself that i didn’t have them b/c they were perfect walking maps, and people got lost b/c they were having all these festivals the day of in the town.
maybe some healthier filling snacks, like nutri-grain bars. and if you can swing it, maybe some coupons for free beach toy rentals or a beach snack?
Post # 8
Our wedding is in Mexico, and so far we’re planning:
- A note of welcome and thanks from the bride and groom
- Weekend itinerary
- Local taxi numbers and tourist spots
- CD compilation friend is making as wedding gift
- locally made candies
- Ojarascas, mexican wedding cookies, made by the bride
- Mini water bottles
If I were getting married on the beach, and wanted to stay budget concious, I would consider flip flops (Old Navy has the cheap), sunglasses (dollar store), and travel size sun lotion. If you want to include food, how about cute little bags of trail mix (cheap when bought in bulk, or make it yourself!). Oriental Trading Co. has some cute beach themed stuff too! Good luck!
Post # 9
Oh, and instead of a basket or bag for the contents, you could use a beach pail / shovel! Oriental Trading Co. has them for a dollar a piece!
Post # 10
How about a little baggie with bread to feed the seagulls on the beach?
Post # 11
great ideas everyone!
i have a question: if you get flip flops, how would you know the guest sizes? or do you just buy random, universal sizes and hope for the best?
thanks in advance for your help 🙂
Post # 12
How about lip balm? For maps you could use these. I found one for Seattle and it has everything we needed to get around. They are easy to open and close which was a real plus for people trying to drive and find their way around. http://store.randmcnally.com/product/international+maps/canada/popout+map-+vancouver.do
I also found another couple on the Knot who had a Maui wedding, and here’s what they put in their out of town bags…
1. Personal Thank-you note, postcards (1 stamped and addressed to us to use as our guestbook)
2. Map of Maui
3. List of all guests and how they know us & phone numbers
4. Soap from Bath & Body Works
5. Tropical lip balm from Avon (coconut, pineapple, and mango)
6. Miniature palm tree photo album
8. Bottled water
9. Chocolate seashells
10. "Do Not Disturb – Getting Ready for J & T’s Wedding" Doorhanger
11. Postcards – 1 addressed to us to use as our guest book and two to send to whomever.
12. "Welcome to Maui" booklet I made. Includes thank you letter, list of people, info about wedding, calendar of events, things to do, places to eat, and the Road to Hana info. The cover is made out of a map of Maui.
Post # 13
Thanks everyone! So many good ideas for me to put together my OOT bags!!!!
Post # 14
I’d just order standard size flip flops (keeping in mind the height of each guest). Flip flops don’t have to fit perfectly and can always be a little big. And just think how thankful that guest will be when they look through their suitecase and say, "OH CRAP! I forgot my sandles!"
And the lip balm idea is golden you guys! Thanks! I hadn’t thought of that but am definitely throwing that in my bags. I ALWAYS forget mine when I travel and end up having to scout out a store to get some!!! This is an awesome thread! Thanks clessy00 for starting it!
Post # 15
Mind sharing where you found the great price on tote bags?
Post # 16
i got them at http://jiffyshirts.com, and bought the same ones as Mrs. Lemon: http://jiffyshirts.com/bags/tote/harriton/M915/?idcust=724026758
Sorry, they’re actually $2.61 apiece for these particular ones, I remembered it wrong. I actually have a bunch of still-packaged white totes with red and blue handles left over, please private message me if you’re interested in purchasing.