Post # 1
so I know some of my family are coming in from out of town, but they have all been here before. I am not sure they will stay at the same hotel, or what, as its 2 years away but they have told me they are planning on coming…
I still would LOVE to do something a little special and create a special appreciation bag for them for making the trip, but they know their way around, etc…
They dont “need” anything. I am planning on making “do not disturb” signs… and perhaps some fun sunglasses, but other than that, I just don’t know…
Any ideas? Yes, I have 2 years, but getting as much DIY stuff out of the way as possible! I am thinking maybe a CD with some songs on it? I just don’t know… sigh…
Post # 3
I got bags at the dollar store ( I posted them a while back). I would keep it simple, keep it to small things that will make their stay alittle easier. Water, aspirin, snacks, things that you would have to run out and get at a hotel. I did mine for only a few dollars.
Post # 4
This may be my favorite part of the planning. I’m serious. I think the most important things to go in there is FOOD. Just little snacks so they don’t have to spend 8 bucks on a burger if they are STARVING when they fly/drive in. I’m packing some water bottles, tea, homemade cookies, etc. Maybe a one pot dealie of some great coffee for in the morning. Sam’s Club or Costco are great places to go because you can get snack sized things and have enough to go around. Now they have these amazing salted caramels or smoked almonds or really anything that you could put in cute, super cheap cellophane bags.
Other than that maybe small yummy soaps, sun screen if they will be outside, perhaps small puzzle games, or crossword puzzles? Wedding mab-libs or word finds? Sudoku?
Post # 5
For a wedding in May of 2013 please hold off adding food to your bags. This is not something you can do ahead of time.
You could go to your local tourist bureau and see if thye have any handy little maps of the area especially things close to the hotel.
Post # 6
duh! why didn’t i think of that?! honestly! hahaha makes so much sense:) love the snack idea. and i definitely wanna give them the “do not disturb, we’re celebrating Bill and Ronneys 20th wedding anniversary” haha….. I LOVE that idea!
but the snack idea, is awesome, and yes, in phoenix, we do need sunscreen, would be so much better for them to have it in their goodie bag:)
please keep the suggestions coming. I know for a fact I will need at least 3 OOT bags…
probably more like 8-12 by the time the time comes:)
Post # 7
@julies1949: yea i am not making htem right now, just trying to get ideas together;) and the diy stuff outta the way… wont make those till much closer to the ceremony and when I know how many people are actually coming so I can make them all at once.
MOST of them have been here already, so they know all the points of interest and stuff. I will probably include BOGO golf… just thought of that, dayum i’m good! hahha:)
I’m just excited. and I was telling my husband “there are more people that are going to be coming to our vow renewal than actually came to our wedding… I’m so excited:)
Post # 8
I wouldn’t waste my time or money on the do not disturb signs. All hotels have DND signs and I probably wouldn’t take it home since it wouldn’t be used. Same with sunglasses which are a very personal choice that I expect most people would bring to Phoenix.
OOT bags to me are best filled with snacks, drinks, maybe asprin, tums, etc. All consumables.
Post # 9
I think we’re doing water bottles, map of Philadelphia with popular sites to check out, tastycakes (Philly based company), salt water taffy, microwavable popcorn etc. I would skip the ‘Do not Disturb’ sign only because it will be useless once they go home and the hotel probably will already have one.
Post # 10
I travel a good deal on business, very frequently to towns that I know well. Definately YES to the sunscreen. Now that we cannot carry liquids and gels in our carry-on, that always has to be acquired at destination. Also, static-guard spray (you can get little tiny cans) especially for dressy events, since you cannot carry aerosols in either carry-on or packed luggage.
The things that make me feel welcome when travelling are:
- flowers in my room when I arrive (but note I have no pollen allergies, some people do)
- A TV guide for the stations that the hotel is carrying!!! They all have some sort of satellite, and it is nearly impossible, even with the internet, to figure out what is on. Not that TV is a big deal when you have a wedding (or a conference) to attend, but it is nice to feel in control.
- Teabags in my preferred blends — especially in the States where many hotels provide coffee but not tea; or stale poor-quality tea
- Fruit — the automat-dispense down the hall usually has bags of almonds and so on, but some grapes or an apple are often unobtainable in the hotel district. A bowl of fruit is as welcome as the fresh flowers are!
Post # 11
you guys are awesome! the fruit idea is great because we are about to move into a house with a fabulous grapefruit tree in our back yard. (free)
a phoenix new times would be perfect! lists the goings on of the city and pubs and music scene, restaraunt scene and things like that…. (best off all free)
definitely Sunscreen (trial size – cheap), love the static spray! and that gave me another idea of ‘wrinkle releaser’. I think water bottles and maybe those flavors that you pour into the water bottles? perhaps tea bags too, those are all great ideas. I htought the dnd signs were cute, but, yea, good point, wont waste my time (especially since my WHOLE CEREMONY is DIY) I have started the diy projects already, and its 2 years away.
now another quesiton. once I know who all is coming from out of state, would it be okay to email them a list of hotels around the venue? so they can stay close? with the pros and cons of each along with links to the websites?
none of these people were there for the ceremony! but recently I have been in contact with my extended family and they are all going to be invited, I want them to feel special and let them know how much I appreciate them coming, so definitely i will put thank you cards in the bags.
PLEASE… keep the ideas coming:)
Post # 12
Yes, definitely suggest hotels- as long as you check them out first. It saves people a TON of time and you can reserve blocks and possibly get a discount. Some even throw a bridal suite in for free!