Post # 1
My mom and sister recommended I start brainstorming what I want to put in our out of town gift bags. I have no clue what I want to put in them and need some ideas. What are you planning on putting in your OOT bags? And when did you start putting them together? My mom insists on having them since I am from the East Coast and a lot of people will be traveling to attend our wedding. I am happy to do it because I know how nice it is to have a bag of goodies after traveling, but i’m starting to stress about having to put them together. Thanks for any ideas! 🙂
Post # 3
@MrsDeLovely: Have you googled it yet? The lists online are overflowing.
I would try phrases like ‘welcome bag’ ‘guest gift bag’ ‘out of town bag’
Post # 4
I’m planning on having them. Here’s what I plan on including for sure:
-a wedding weekend itinerary/welcome letter (where to be, when to be there, what to wear, how to get there)
-a quick guide to the city with recommendations for food/activites
-2 mini bottles of water
-2 salty snacks (so, say, 2 packs of crackers)
-2 sweet snacks (probably something like 2 fun sized candy bars)
What I would like to include if I have the time/money/can find it for a reasonable price:
-Mini pack of some sort of pain reliever
-Mini pack of tums
-An actual reusable bag instead of just a paper gift bag
Edit: Oh, and I’m planning on putting these together the last time I’m in town before the wedding – so about a month beforehand. Then I’ll probably have my mom drop them off at the hotel so I don’t have to worry about that task once I’m in town for the wedding.
Post # 5
Basically every single one of our guests is coming from out of town. Most are across the country, but even the closest is still an hour away so we’re doing OOT bags for everyone.
So far we are planning on:
-Itinerary (we have a morning brunch/activities planned for the morning following the wedding)
– Clorox wipes. They are staying in a hotel so I feel like its practical and people will use them.
-Tylenol and pepto bismol tablets
-Tide stain eraser
-Individual packs of tissues
-2 bottles of water per couple
-Door hangers (similar to this http://www.etsy.com/listing/108090103/do-not-disturb-wedding-door-hang-tag?ref=usr_faveitems)
-Maybe a map of the area if we can get them at a decent price
We’re trying to do regional snacks just because I think its cute, haha…
-York Peppermint Patties (we’re getting married in York, Pa and our venue is the Yorktowne Hotel)
-Salty snacks (maybe Pretzels from Hanover, Pa which is nearby)
-Hershey candy (Hershey Pa)
-I want to incorporate something with crabs. I’m from Maryland which is only 15 miles from where we live in Pa. Maybe Old Bay seasoned popcorn or something.
**I found most of this stuff in the travel sections of Target & Walmart. 5 Below is great too, if you have one!
Post # 6
@adoc86: Love your idea about the old bay seasoned popcorn! I am from Maryland too and I would love to have some treats that represent both MD & OH. I was thinking maybe berger cookies or something with old bay seasoning! We are having our reception at a local aquarium that overlooks the Cincinnati Skyline, so I was thinking maybe some swedish fish to go along with the whole aquarium thing? Not sure though!
Post # 7
@missmess: I would love to find some reusable bags too! What kind of format did you do for your itinerary/guide? I’m trying to figure out where to get maps of the city. Maybe a tourist center?
Post # 9
All of our guests are out of town, but I wanted to keep costs down but still make the bags look really nice. The costs add up FAST, especially if you start including things like first aid kits, stain remover, etc. Here’s what I put in them – it is not in an area where there is anything “unique.” Cost was about $3 each all in.
– Used a bag in our wedding color with tissue in the coordinating color. Made stickers for the outside of the bag.
– Pamphlet I put together with map of key locations, schedule, shuttle & cab info, area attractions, & recommended bars/lounges (printed through Vistaprint)
– Free from the local visitors’ bureau, a really nice booklet on the area and a discount card to use at local attractions, plus a pen
– 2 bottles of water (Aldi is the cheapest place to buy water, hands down)
– Single serving bag of baked chips (GFS)
– Single serving bag of nuts (GFS)
– Two cereal bars (like Nutrigrains – again, Aldi)
– 3 little packets of Ibuprofen (Amazon, the generic brand is WAY cheaper)
– Gum (Wrigley – Aldi)
I was worried about the bags not seeming very robust but they are VERY full! If I got one as a guest, I’d be amazed and thrilled. It doesn’t take much to fill a bag, especially once you put two bottles of water in there.
Post # 10
@MrsDeLovely: The Swedish fish would be adorable!! I love that idea and the fact that you’re getting married at an aquarium makes me super jealous – how cool!!
We are also considering Berger cookies, too! They have those little 2-packs of them that would be perfect.
Post # 11
For out of town bags great things to put in them can be:
Mini lint rollers for the clothes they need to wear to the wedding.
Mini Tissue packs
Something local like chocolates from a candy shop or if you are around orchards, then something from there.
Maps of the city (free at visitor centers)
Places to eat & see guide (free at visitor centers)
A Welcome note to your guests
A mini shower gel or lotion
Tags for the outside of the bags, welcome tags or tags with your names and wedding date.
Gum/mints for sure
The swedish fish is a GREAT idea for where you are getting married! Love it!
All the best on the road to your big day!!!
Post # 12
Personalize it by putting in your favorite snacks, candy, gum, soda, etc. If you have a map for the city… cirle important places where you guys met, got engaged, had your first date, etc. just as a little fun trivia for them. < Since they probably weren’t around to know all that!
Post # 13
@lifeswonderful2day: If you are from WI like us… you can always throw in cheese and beer. The welcoming gifts of wisconsin!
Post # 14
I think snacks personalized to the area are a great idea! I’m doing dried carnberries, salt water taffey, and cape cod potato chips (as well as the normal stuff) for my Cape Wedding!
Also, I bought most of my stuff from amazon. I checked out target, walmart, xmas tree shops, and while they had good prices amazon had the biggest quatities for the cheapest!
Post # 15
I’m a Cincinnati bride, too! Love this town! The Cincinnati USA website has so much info, coupons, attraction lists, etc. That’s the tourism office for the city. The website lists all the fun random events around town too!
They put out free seasonal visitors guides that are nice full color pocket size booklets with tons of info.You can order one here but can prob just email/call/stop by their office on Fountain Square for more than one book
Here is their office info, they have kind of odd hours but it’s nice that they are right on the square!
When I’ve helped with OOT bags for a wedding I was in, we got brochures from different attractions from the visitors center (adds color and helps fill the bag too!) so that might be nice to include. That wedding wasn’t in Cincy (i called the visitor center for that city and they mailed me a big package of brochures) but I’d imagine that Cincy USA has those (or any rest stop).
I made attraction lists (including websites for each) for our website, I’d be happy to PM you the lists if you’d like!
Kroger sometimes has cute reusable bags for $1 at the checkout. They make seasonal ones for big events like the Choir Games last year or the Butterly Show every spring.
You may want to check with your hotel blocks to see if they charge a per bag fee for handing them out. Ours charge $2-3 per bag!
Good luck with your aquarium wedding! : ) If budget allowed we would have picked that too!