(Closed) Out of town bags

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Hmmm. I think standard things to include are a map or brochure of the town (either handmade or from the chamber of commerce). some water, some tylenol or other pain killer, maybe some snacks, some tissue. And maybe some treats or things that represent the town you are from!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We are including granola bars, potato chips, chocolate of some sort, sunscreen, chapstick and emergen-c to encourage people to hydrate (FI is anti-plastic water bottle) plus an emergency kit of safety pins, band aids, shout wipes, advil, etc.  We are also including a wedding itinerary and tourist info.  

All told I think the bags are costing about $4 each. 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m including a little booklet we’re creating with the wedding schedule, phone numbers to contact if they get lost or have questions, activities nearby, restaurants we recommend, etc…

Then some kettle chips made in our area, personalized candy bar, our city’s visitor’s guide, a couple brochures for activites close by, a small bottle of sunscreen (up in the mountains near Denver, you BURN easily and quickly), and a deck of cards…

Post # 6
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I think I missed the memo on what was suppoesd to be in an Out of Town bag.  Our entire wedding is a destination wedding, so none of us know the town.  But, it is really a small resort town so not too difficult.

I am doing what dizzydaffodil is with the booklet as well as including a bottle of wine and a thank you for taking the time and effort to travel.  Should I rethink this?

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

i dont know cost b/c my mom is doing them, but since im from cali and having my wedding in outside new york city(since ive been here for mad long now), we are doing lots of new york things to welcome out of towners.

like cookies from little italy

cookies from a jewish bakery

fortune cookies from chinetown

bottle of TeaNY, which is made on the lower east side of manhattan….

and of course, an apple from a local farmers market.

 

i like the local stuff…

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We included:

2 bottles of water

pack of travel tissues

travel sized sunscreen

travel sized aloe vera gel

travel sized hand disinfectant

2 shout wipes

Welcom Newsletter

We are having a wedding in Florida and everyone will be outside and at the theme parks, so we tried to cater the items we included to that!

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

The Dollar Tree has some bags of food I am planning on putting in my Out of Town bags. (I know I wouldn’t usually suggest a dollar store for food — I bought some to try out and am pleased with how they taste.) I would recommend — Sweet Dreams chocolate covered pretzles distributed by Greenbriar International — they tsate good and you get a 6oz bag or $1. I also like Pennysticks Pretzles. These are a 12 oz. bag, also $1.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m trying to make our Out of Town bag “local” themed as most of our guests are Out of Town and most have never been to New Husband.  What we’re doing:

Screenprinted Canvas Tote Bag (either with a whimsical New Husband map or an awesome tree silouhette – our theme is rustic)

Homemade Local Lavender Soap (our colors are lavender and chocolate brown)

Sunscreen Packets (our ceremony is outside, 1pm, August)

Custom Postcard (“Greetings from New Hampshire” done all in a faux bois theme)

New Husband Map and Lakes Region Tourist Brochures (all free from the state!)

Welcome Newsletter

 

Total, it will cost us about $2 per bag, for about 70 bags.  We’re thinking about including 2 postcards, one addressed to us, that we can then save with our guestbook. 

I know we probably ought to include a snack or bottle of water, but we’re not leaving these at hotels, rather handing them out at an Out of Town campfire party, the night before the wedding, and everyone invited will be driving and can buy their own water/snacks at 7-11 if they don’t want hotel stuff.  Or so is my thought…  does that seem fair?  I really wanted to provide them with more of a “thanks for traveling so far” gift than a “welcome, here’s some snacks to avoid hotel’s overpriced snacks” bag.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@vagabondgurl – where are you getting the canvas bags? $2 aint bad.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

$2 is for everything, the bag and all it’s contents!

my FH is a screenprinter, so he’ll be doing the custom screenprinting…  but you can get blank bags here for 99 cents!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

where are you ladies finding cheap deals for things like sunscreen and other smaller bilk items for the Out of Town bags?

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