(Closed) OOT Gift Bag Ideas – How much do you spend on each???

posted 8 years ago in Favors
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Check the wiki for tons of ideas but personally I think the umbrella idea is cute and that, or anything else that reminds you of Seatle or is made there, is a great addition.

We’re doing beach bags with tourist info, snacks and a letter/flyer from us with a thank you message.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Drop by a Seattle Visitor’s center. Tell them how many out-of-towners you have coming in and they should have some kind of collection of goodies like maps, info about things to do, etc. to give you. Also, you might put together a booklet with maps of where all the wedding weekend events are (i.e. rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, bride’s tea if there is one, wedding, reception, after party) and include maps from the hotel to each place.You could put bottles of water, baked goods (cookies, brownies, etc) or if the hotel doesn’t offer breakfast maybe a couple granola bars or trail mix?

Hope that helps. (:

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

This is the box we’re using…we’re doing the maps, brochures and coupons to area attractions and maps to the wedding festivities…all kinds of snacks, travel toothbrushes, tiny bottle waters.

Black Ribbons With Monogram Stickers

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Some smoked salmon and crackers would be a great idea and very Seattle.  Also anything coffee related (even a coffee card if your budget allows).  Candy would be appropriate since it’s Halloween.  For the adults you could include a couple of bottles of microbrew or a bottle of WA wine which might be doable if you are doing one bag per couple/family.   

Definitely include maps, brochures, etc… we had the Central OR Visitors Bureau send us TONS of stuff to include.  We also included a guest itinerary, maps to the Welcome Party and Ceremony location (in case they missed the shuttle we provided), a welcome note with restaurant and activity ideas, Oregon hazelnuts, a handmade travel sized soap (etsy), purell wipes, bags of chips (Costco), gummy bears (since they are our fave), 2 bottles of water per bag, etc…

If people are spending a few days here I would definitely point out some of your favorite things to do in Seattle and maybe even some information on wine tasting in Woodinville or visiting Red Hook or something (since it will be October and the weather may not be fantastic). 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

lol @ jackie

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

yea a lot of school and daycares order from them…i order a lot of projects for my daycare form them but a lot of ppl don’t know that they have a wedding section with awesome prices!

lol girl you’re funny!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

i love the umbrella suggestion.

 

Might also suggest a “less is more” approach? To cut down on costs, I am playing with the idea of 2 waterbottles a few snacks tissues and an “itinerary” type card…. no need for lots of stuff, people often only pick through a few things anyway!

Post # 15
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Honey bee

Stuff that is native to the Seattle area:

Aplets and Cotlets (they come in small gift sizes)

Starbucks anything

Frangos from Macy’s

Gift cards for Ivar’s (they can use anywhere while they are in the area)

Postcard of Pike Place Market

Pick maybe one or two of the above.

 

Crazy thing about umbrellas in Seattle is that as rainy as it is, most people actually don’t use them.

Since they aren’t required or expected, you don’t need to spend a ton on them or go elaborate with them. I probably wouldn’t spend more than $10 max on them. Multiply that by however many guests you have and that adds up rather quickly.

 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@jackie-o…HA!  Love it!  I was laughing because I was like, well, here I am responding to another one of her posts but I have info to share!! Laughing  A Halloween wedding at your venue is going to be AWESOME!!!!  I can’t wait to see the pictures. 

Seriously, pm with any questions on anything since I am local and just finished planning my own wedding a few months ago. 

We did navy bags (http://www.papermart.com), monogrammed stickers which tied into our “theme” and colors (through etsy) and tied a card and ribbon to each.  I found we could fit a lot in the bags (i.e. water bottles) that might not always fit into a box so definitely figure out some of your contents before selecting how you will deliver/present them. 

Also, make sure you have a way to know where your guests are staying if you’ve provided a couple of options for hotels in Seattle.  We were fortunate as 99% of our guests stayed at the resort where we had the reception, but we’ve also received emails from friends prior to their weddings asking where everyone is staying so the OOT bags could be delivered/available upon check-in. 

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