Post # 1
So our wedding is semi-destination, which means most of our guests will have to make a 2-4 hour drive to get there, some will be a little longer, and some will be in town. We are having our reception at a hotel, so nobody has to drive afterwards. I had never even heard of OOT bags until I joined WeddingBee. Now, I’m wondering if I need them or not. They really aren’t in our budget, and I have no clue what I would put in them, but I’m not have a favor at the wedding either. Maybe just make them up for family? But where does that line end? I have a HUGE extended family, like 80 of our 200 person guest list is just my family. And FH has 60 on his family side. So if I did just family, I would only be cutting like 40 bags out….
Are these really that necessary? I just don’t know what to do. The other problem is that I have TONS of stuff to do in the next month, not sure if I could get these done by then!
And how do you pass them out to your guests? The only accomodations we are paying for is parents, BMs and GMs. Do we have the hotel pass them out when they check in?
Post # 3
We didn’t make them. They weren’t in our budget and I would have made them for practically everyone and I didn’t have time for that at all. Just do it if you want to but if you can’t afford it, no one will miss it.
Post # 4
OOT bags are usually for the guests who have to travel, and they’re meant to kind of make them feel welcome and at home. Usually things like water bottles, snacks and maps of the area go in. Some brides make them themed for the city.
But if you don’t have the room in your budget, it’s not necessary at all. We did them because people had to travel six hours by car, or fly. Plus, our town had a lot of specialities, so it was easy for us to come up with goodies (the town bottles its own water).
But for you, considering that the average travel for each guest isn’t super expensive, I wouldn’t worry about it.
Post # 5
- Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas
I don’t plan on doing OOT bags, and a good deal of our guests are traveling for the wedding – it’s just an extra expense that we don’t really have room in the budget for.
Post # 6
It is definitely not a necessary thing to do!
Yes it is nice if it is in your budget but it doesn’t seem like it is in yours so I wouldn’t bother!
Post # 7
NOT necessary, but certainly nice to have.
They were VERY low on our priority list, so we aren’t doing them (we also aren’t having many OOT guests).
Post # 8
I don’t think they’re necessary, but they’re definitely nice to receive… if you have the money and/or the time. Usually I’ve received them upon checking into the hotel, so someone must have dropped them off beforehand and told the front desk at the hotel the list of wedding guests who were staying there.
We are going to do them for our guests — we’re including bottles of Poland Spring water, small bags of chocolate-covered blueberries, bug spray wipes, local information that we plan to get for free from the local tourist booth, and a weekend schedule.
Post # 9
A weekend schedule! THAT is such a good idea! Maybe I will just leave one of those.
Post # 10
If you want to do something small for your OOT bags, just get a bottle of water and a 2 pill pack of asprin tied to the bottle with a ribbon- per person. Ask the hotel if they can pass them out to the rooms while everyone is at your recpetion (the asprin is great for the morning after a party!) or maybe place them all in a basket/box at the entrance/exit of your reception at the end of the night for people to take as they leave.
Do you have a wedding website? If so, you can include a link on there for special places to visit or eat around the area where the wedding is or any wedding-related events as well.
Post # 11
I had actually never heard of OOT bags until I saw people talking about it on Wedding Bee. I have a good amount of out of town guests, but I don’t think I will be doing them….it’s not really in the budget and I’m not sure I want to devote my time to it.
Post # 12
anything you can give your OOT guests to make them feel appreciated / at home would be welcome. If you don’t have the budget to do it up, hit costco and buy a cart full of the 4.50/case waters and hit michaels and buy some of those bulk cute cheap note cards. 25 envelopes and cards for a couple bucks. But i’d do SOMETHING if i were you. We are having elaborate ones, but then again we’re having a DW with 60 guests – doable.
Post # 13
They DEF arn’t necessary, but after joining this site I just had to do them! We handed them out at the RD & overall I was kinda bummed b/c our guests wern’t as excited about them as I thought they would be 🙁
Post # 14
haha Annie as far as you’re concerned, they were the best OOT bags ever and they were so in love with them that they couldn’t find the right words to tell you. 🙂 Hehe I will be taking on this attitude in 5 days when we get to our destination – whatever happens, happens! and it totally rocked.
Post # 15
IMO, OOT bags are nice, but not necessary. Unless you have spare money for them, I’d just skip them.
Post # 16
I think anything that makes your guests feel welcome (especially if you aren’t going to have enough time to spend quality time with all of them) is worth doing. It doesn’t have to be very expensive…I LOVE Cristy‘s advice about bottled water & aspirin! Even a double-sided card with info about the area’s specialties on one side, a more personal note thanking them for making the effort on the other would be appreciated. In this economy, even with the people closest to you, it’s not easy to make the effort to travel to your wedding…OOT bags is just another way to show your guests how much it means to you that they came.