(Closed) Out of town bags

posted 9 years ago in Favors
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

our oot bags are focused on practical things like maps, a T card (for public transit), a local magazine. plus snacks–because people always can use food in a hotel room! we are not spending a ton of money but want our out of towners to feel welcomed, oriented and comfortable upon arrival. i don’t think you need to fill with lots of gift/favor types of things.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009

i have to say that i have never actually received an OOT bag…but at a few wedding i’ve been to had some "stuf" in the room waiting for us…like a bar of soap specially wrapped or a few chocolates with the wedding colors etc..i am doing OOT bags but they will be very simple…they are going to have some homemade blue berry jam, a home made scone, and a bar of home made soap..all products are made in maine!!  hope no one eats the soap!!  yikes!!  i am just doing it because most of the guests coming to the wedding are from out of state and i wanted to give them a little bit of the flavor or maine!!  but really, i don’t think they are 100% necessary!!

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2009

<p style=”margin: 0in 0in 0pt” class=”MsoNormal”><span style=”font-size: 7.5pt; font-family: Verdana”>I have only been to one wedding where oot bags were handed out.  Each had two bottles of water, a bag of chips, a cookie, and some Tylenol.  It was greatly appreciated to be able to come back after a long night of dancing and cocktails to some water and snacks.  The Tylenol was great for the morning after, too.<p style=”margin: 0in 0in 0pt” class=”MsoNormal”><span style=”font-size: 7.5pt; font-family: Verdana”><p style=”margin: 0in 0in 0pt” class=”MsoNormal”><span style=”font-size: 7.5pt; font-family: Verdana”>We are getting married in October and I am definitely doing the bags for my guests.  I even found a place online where you can get inexpesive tote bags (yeah for re-usable).  <p style=”margin: 0in 0in 0pt” class=”MsoNormal”><span style=”font-size: 7.5pt; font-family: Verdana”><p style=”margin: 0in 0in 0pt” class=”MsoNormal”><span style=”font-size: 7.5pt; font-family: Verdana”>

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I attended a wedding last year where we got some great brochures on the area, some water, a few snacks, and Excedrin.  I think that they are great if they don’t involve anything extra to pack and take home, and if most of the items in them can be consumed.  I assure you, I didn’t think less of the bride because there wasn’t personalized water and chocolates in them, I appreciated the gesture and the fact that she thought enough to put them together.  BUT – I have also been to lots of weddings where we did not get an OOT bag, and to be honest – I didn’t mind one bit.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We definitely did bottles of water and the tylenol for our wild and crazy guests. Then since we had an outdoor wedding in August, we included travel size pressurized Evian water sprays. That went over REALLY well.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010 - The Pierre Hotel

My OOT bag favorites include: snacks (those 100 calorie packs or mixed nuts are great), tylenol, a bottle of water and an "easy reading" magazine such as People (a welcome reading alternative to the room service menu)

Post # 9
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157 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My favorite OOT bag idea is a good trashy tabloid magazine! Let me say that I base this on research…I work in an office building and I put my used tabloids out in the waiting room. I have noticed that everyone, men and women alike, make a beeline for these and pour over them. Something fun for guests to do in the downtime at the hotel!

I think you cannot go wrong with snacks and water/soda! That is one thing people are always short of when staying in a hotel – you tend to be up late at night, in a strange town, nothing’s open and you’re hungry! So nice to have a bag of cookies right there. Same thing with essentials like Tylenol and lip balm.

Practical things like maps to nearby attractions and important spots (pharmacy, mall, etc.); a weekend agenda; and directions to reception/wedding are always nice as well.

I think overall it is money well spent if you stick mostly to the things people will need and use. I wouldn’t worry too much about ‘favor’ type stuff like little personalized candles or whatnot – these are cute but may go by the wayside when people have a lot to pack.

 

 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Wheresmydessert, you beat me to the magazine idea while I was typing up my post. I would love to get one of your bags, by the way, they sound great!

Post # 11
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Busy bee

Cookies and a bottle of water.  They were great to have for the morning after the wedding!  One thing I had no use for were the brochures–I appreciated them, but we really had no time to enjoy the area bc of all the wedding activities. 

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009

these are all great ideas…. I was on the fence about OOT bags too, but now I think I’ll add them to my list of things to do!  great, just what i need….another thing to do! 🙂

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