Post # 1
Thanks to the efforts of Mrs. Lemon and Onion, and others I’m probably forgetting, we’ll be making up OOT bags for our guests (most will be from far out of town). Our RSVP deadline won’t be until April 1, but I can already tell that people are going to be arriving over a span of 3 days before the wedding.
When to deliver the OOT bags? Obviously I want the guests to get them upon arrival, but it would be a real hassle to make three deliveries. Also, we have a hotel block where most will be staying, but there are a number who are scattered about at other hotels.
I’ll have to check with the hotels about how long they will hold onto the bags. If you did OOT bags, did you have this problem, and what did you do?
Post # 3
I don’t have this issue, but I do know that most nice hotels will hold a mailed letter or package for several days as long as the addressee has a reservation. My sister travels A LOT, and I often send her little things to her hotel, which arrive before she does. I also used to travel all the time on business, and used to internet/mail order shop delivered to my hotel – if the package got there before me, it would be waiting when I checked in.
I would ask your hotels, but I would guess that they should hold the bags for a couple of days. You do need to clearly mark each bag with the name of the recipient, and if you could also indicate the date you think they are arriving that should help the hotel.
Post # 4
Suzanno, thanks for the info. That sounds reasonable – but maybe i’ll think of a way to seal the bags (yay, more play with ribbon!) so that they don’t just sit open for a couple of days.
Oh, and how sweet of a sister are you?!
Post # 5
I would definately close them up! I’m sure nothing will disappear, but on a slow day they hotel folks might be tempted to peek inside… Do you mind me asking what you are including? I have some guests that will be travelling a long ways too, and it would be a nice idea to have a little something waiting for them.
My sister is actually great to me as well – she is seven years younger, so in a weird way we are more like friends than sisters. We live way far from each other, so almost never get to actually see each other – but talk and email and mail stuff all the time. I don’t know what I would do without her.
Post # 6
is the hotel charging you to deliver the bags to the rooms? they’re charging us a hefty fee ($3/bag, which for us is like, $150 at least).
because of this though, they’re letting us drop of the bags a week before people get there and i guess just holding them in a locked room near the front desk until guests start arriving.
Post # 7
Suzanno – i’m not exactly sure what to include yet. When we were in the town where we’re getting married at Christmas, I went to the tourist office and talked to them about getting multiples of some of the area guides and maps, so I’ll put a bunch of those in. Otherwise, I was thinking the usual:
– capri suns or bottles of water (I’m not sold on this because of the environmental thing – I rarely use disposable water bottles myself. But i think I’ll include a note about how the water in town is really clean and drinkable so I hope they’ll re-use the bottles)
– some small pouches of food (a la Mrs. Lemon – goldfish, pretzels, etc.), candy, cookies… local stuff, if possible – maybe some drugstore type things – mini tissue packs, advils, lipbalm? things people might forget when they travel
– a note from us, in welcome and with relevant info (like a local cell phone number to call if they have questions/emergencies, any changes to the wedding schedule, etc.
– a Canada flag! (most of our friends will be coming from the US)
I don’t want to spend a fortune, so we’ll see what happens. I think the key things are food/drink, because then it’s like they have their own little (free) mini-bar!
Oh, and re: your sister, that’s awesome. I only have an older brother, with whom I get along swimmingly, but i’m sure it’s not the same!
Post # 8
Rebecca – luckily, the hotels our guests are staying at (so far) are not charging us for delivery. Well, at the fancier one, they said that if the bags were personalized so that it mattered who got which one, they would charge me something similar to what you’re being charged. But I’ll just make a generic bag that they can hand out randomly, and they don’t charge for that. $3/bag is ridiculous!