(Closed) OOT Bags, or No?

posted 9 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: Are you doing OOT bags?
    Definitely! : (36 votes)
    60 %
    I'll decide if I can afford it when I get closer to the big day : (9 votes)
    15 %
    I'd like to, but have decided it's not worth the time/money/effort : (12 votes)
    20 %
    No way, those are silly (^_^) : (1 votes)
    2 %
    What's an OOT bag? : (1 votes)
    2 %
    Whatever option I didn't think to offer : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
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    279 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2009

    I am doing them (I did them DIY, you can see my other post "Some Tips for DIY’ing OOT bags) for fairly cheap, and have found them to be a really fun project and I think the guests will appreciate them, since pretty much everyone is from out of town, and the bags themselves are sort of a favor. However, if you don’t have it in your budget, no one will likely notice – like you said, unless you go on wedding blogs a lot, you’ve probably never heard of them!

    Post # 4
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    198 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    i think i definitely want to do OOT bags, even if they end not being super elaborate. i just think they are a nice way to welcome guests and will be fun to make.

    Post # 5
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    2434 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2008

    I had my wedding at a lodge.  It was exclusively for our guests (meaning there were no other guests staying there).

    So, I put a welcome letter and map in each room and put snacks and stuff in the lobby of the lodge.

    Post # 6
    Member
    247 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2009

    We are doing OOT bags for the guest that are flying in for our wedding. 

    Post # 7
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    7054 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Why don’t you start a post Liz about inexpensive ways to do OOT bags?  You might get some amazing responses!  You can always include a personal letter, bottled waters, map, itenerary, and maybe some little treat that’s representative of your city or venue!

    Post # 8
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    2022 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I am going to do them, but will do them cheaply!  I have gotten them at most weddings that I have been do out of town (and now am even a little sad when I don’t get them).  It is a small gesture that can be done relatively inexpensively and goes a long way with guests!  We will probably just basically food in it (ie, little snacks, maybe a letter from us, gum, and a NH memento).

    Post # 9
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    548 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    we haven’t decided yet whether we can afford to do them, since nearly all of our guests are OOT. if we don’t do bags, we are certainly at least doing "packets" so that guests will have all the information they need in writing – schedule, map, stuff to do, restaurants, etc. ideally we’d like to do bags with snacks & a memento, but we’d likely need 100+ bags, so that’s probably not a possibility.

    Post # 10
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    184 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    yes, were doing them we have handmade soap,lotin and lim balm (http://www.etsy.com) with our custom logo on them.  We are also puttine 2 bottle waters, mag and news papers of the city, candy, peanuts ans other little snacks, A coffee mug with coffee grounds in side.  Thats it.  I found a lot of stuff off the  wed site i listed above, and the rest at the dollar bin at Target, and the Dollar store.  I hope this helps.

    Post # 11
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    5823 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I’m doing paper bags (most people use canvas totes, paper bags will save you some $$$).  I’m also getting the brochures free from the airport.  I’m DIYing some edibles like fudge and cookies.  I’m buying water bottles from Costco and printing my own waterbottle lables.  I’m making a trip through the samples aisle at Walmart for sample sized sunscree, aspirin, and lotion.  The expensive parts of my bags will be the hometown goodies (beer from Lefthand Brewery, Vail Cookie Co, Stephanie’s Chocolates, etc)  But you don’t have to add the expensive part and each bag should cost about $3.50 each.  (The water is the most expensive part…)

    Post # 13
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    2022 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Oh I meant to mention we are using brown bags (not lunch bags but just brown paper bags with little twine handles…we will probably tie with an orange ribbon as our colors are orange and brown).

    Post # 14
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    666 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    I’m 80% sure I will do OOT bags.  Because practically everyone will be from out of town, we are going to include information we can obtain for free from the Chamber of Commerce in each bag.  They are booklets that extoll the attractions of the area where the wedding will be.  Cheaper filler for us, but I expect very handy for the guests who might stay an extra day or two.

    Post # 15
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    1363 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I’m not sure if we’ll do OOT bags–we’re not reserving a block at a particular hotel, so I’m not sure if we’ll know where to drop them off for everyone…

    Post # 16
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    1276 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    Another post a while back included a link to:

     http://sacksandsuch.com/

     They have great prices on totes and canvas sacks.  I’m not close enough to have a count but I’m planning to fill those with things like water bottles and snacks.  My parents will probably put together baskets for their OOT friends, but I feel like the sacks are more useful.  We’ll probably include some Indian sweets and snacks as well.  MightySapphire, I really like the idea of including local goodies and drinks too!  I also plan to make a little folder including the timeline and local tourist info.  I think there are a lot of great suggestions on here for how to put together a reasonably priced bag so I won’t duplicate those, but I think the point is that you can put together a really thoughtful bag without breaking the bank.  And if you decide, you can add a splurge item at the last minute as well.  

     

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