Post # 1
i am onto my DIY OOT bags and i have some questions for those of you that did them/are doing them. i am having a beach wedding (small), so i am wanting some good ideas for the OOT bags.
my 1st question is: should i do 1 bag/person or 1 bag/couple?
my 2nd question is: what did you put in yours??
so far, i am thinking: custom water bottles, snacks (mini bag of m&m’s, granola bar, animal crackers, gum/mints, etc.), mini first aid kit, small glass candle (for their rooms as sometimes they can smell musty at the beach).
annnnnnd…i’m stuck there.
i was thinking of buring a CD of our favorite songs so people could rock out in their rental cars (since most people are staying the whole week after the wedding), and also a welcome note and possibly a map (which would be yet ANOTHER DIY project for me to do!!)
advice, opinions are very welcome!!!
Post # 3
Flip flops for the ladies? (I think you call them ‘thongs?’)
Post # 4
Hi! We are doing NYC-themed gift bags for our OOT guests. So far, we will have: a tote bag w/ a picture of the NYC skyline on it, water bottles, cookies decorated like taxi cabs & an apple that say “I <3 NYC”, a New York magazine, NYC post cards and a welcome note. We are doing one bag per couple, but 2 bottles of water / cookies per bag.
Post # 5
Wow, that’s a lot! I did OOT bags for my northern Wisconsin wedding and just included bottled water, granola bars, mini pack of cookies, a handful of chocolates, a welcome letter, map of the area, and a couple of brochures of things to do. And we only did one bag per hotel room (that’s 75 bags right there). The only thing I wish we’d been able to add was a piece of fruit, but unfortunately, the only fruit that really works in those kinds of bags is an apple and aadly, apples are not in season in July so it would have been really expensive to include them.
I think what you have listed sounds great – I don’t think you need to do more than that. It’s more the gesture that is appreciated. I don’t think many guests really rely on the bride and groom to provide everything they’re going to need for their weekend so no need to think of everything they could possibly want/need and include it.
Post # 6
We did OOT bags and I wish I had a pic! We did canvas bags that I DIY decorated, one per couple. We put in it…Tylenol, band aids, safety pins, nail file, sanitizer wipes, a bottle of hand sanitizer, tissues, 2 bottles of water 1 pack of cookies and 1 pack of crackers, and a couple mini candy bars, sour gum (DH favorite), and 2 mini coca cola glasses. Along with a pamphlet of the city, directions, and welcome letter. Our had a theme of our favorite things…like the type of cookie and candy and the coke glasses. We got everything except the bags, cookies/crackers and water from the dollar store.
Post # 7
i had a beach wedding in Jamaica, so i ordered mini canvas bags from theknot.com and had Jamaica embroidered on them. inside them i put:
1 Bob Marley CD (hand made)
1 Deck of cards (“Montego Bay, Jamaica” printed on them)
1 set of brochures
1 Wedding itinerary
1 personalized postcard with welcome note written on back
1 Jamaica postcard
1 Water bottle
1 Travel size bottle of sunscreen
1 granola bar
1 pack of gum
1 travel size ibuprofen pack
I had ordered my bags when I thought more guests were coming, so i was planning to do one per room/couple. Since I ended up with half the amount of guests I anticipated – i just gave one bag per person.
Here is a pic of the bag along with the deck of cards and postcard
Post # 8
Skip the candles! Many hotels will not permit them to light them there. (If you do include them, check on the hotel’s policy and maybe include a note attached to the candle so folks know not to light it there.)
Post # 9
wow! so many GREAT ideas…thanks for the inspo!
as far as the candles go – no one is staying in hotels, actually. everyone is staying in privatetly owned/rented beach houses (it’s just our very closest friends and immediate family), and are renting them out together in groups. most of these homes sleep like 10-12 people! the beach we are getting marries on caters only to week-long guests. there aren’t even any hotels within a 20 mile radius!
i love the itinerary idea!
i will post back once i get a mock up going. keep the ideas coming though 🙂
Post # 10
I agree with PP about skipping the candles, but know what you mean about musty hotel rooms… maybe these?
BBW always has sales and coupons so you could just keep your eye out!
Post # 11
*bump* for my late nite bees 😉
Post # 12
i got beach totes from dollar tree and did our kids hand prints. inside we are putting some local snacks and mexican candies and a few bottels of water. we might put little sun screens if we can find them.
we are doing 1 per room but packing each bag accordingly.the only room that will have more than one will be cus my grandma and dad are splitting a room so they will each get one.
Post # 13
oh ya i forgot we made little pamplets with maps in them and local eats and the weekend itenerary for the basics. my family who needs to be to places other than just the wedding will get a seperate list of times and place.
Post # 14
good ideas, bees! thanks!
Post # 15
These bags sound great. Do you think I should do them if a few guests are staying in our block? Our wedding isn’t destination but some people are staying in a hotel for convenience..
Post # 16
@PrincessBrideSuzy: that would be a good idea…maybe you could just do like – mints/gum, a few tylenol (for the next day!), water, nuts, candy, etc. i think people will really appreciate it! they are cheap to make, too…you can really get almost everything at the dollar store 🙂