(Closed) For those of you with a lot of OOT guests… are you doing OOT bags?

posted 7 years ago in Favors
  • poll: For those of you with a lot of OOT guests... are you doing OOT bags?
    Nope, we aren't : (13 votes)
    36 %
    Yes, we are : (22 votes)
    61 %
    Other : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    401 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I’m planning to do Out of Town bags, but I definitely don’t think it’s a bad thing if a couple doesn’t do them. I went to an Out of Town wedding recently and didn’t even realize that they didn’t have Out of Town bags until just now (when responding to your post). I think they’re a thoughtful gesture, but they’re definitely not a necessity.

    Post # 4
    351 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Depending on what your wedding theme is or how formal it is. Maybe get a table or two and wrap it in butcher paper. Have a bunch of crayons/colored pencils (not markers or pens) and have the kids decorate the paper and sign what they make for you. You can cut out the pictures and send them with thank yous to the family with the child, then the kids can keep them on the fridge and remember all the fun they had. OR you can pre-cut pieces of paper to the same size as your Thank Yous and just slip them in the envelopes.

    We won’t be doing Out of Town bags. Most of the Out of Town are family members. We’ll be taking them out site-seeing, etc. instead and having a big family dinner the night before. And of course we’ll have them use our fidge, washer/dryer, cars; whatever they need. 

    Post # 5
    5183 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I am having a destination wedding and will be doing Out of Town bags. To be honest though.. I doubt anyone outside of the bridal arena even knows about them. I know I sure didnt nor have I ever recieved one! Fiance and I really wanted to do a big elaborate Out of Town bag.. but have then decided against it because they can get really expensive. We now plan on just doing a “drink with us” oot bag.. just putting together our fav drinks.. lychee soda.. cream soda.. bottle of water.. etc etc so instead of all kinds of goodies.. if guests are thirsty in their room.. instead of paying to go through the mini bar.. they can just have one from their box. 

    Post # 6
    11167 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    We are doing Out of Town bags for those staying the night before the wedding (mostly my family). We are including all the basic stuff mentioned by the PP. I just thought it would a good way to keep them happy on the morning/afternoon before the wedding.

    Post # 7
    685 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Nope. Don’t even know what they are.

    Post # 8
    242 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    Ours were pretty simple. I got reusable bags at TJ Maxx for $0.99 each. We included a note with important time and location info and saying ‘thank you’. My Mother-In-Law put a couple of water bottles, chips and local candy inside. We added maps/tourist info from the town and a local tourist magazine, all of which I got for free at the local tourism agency. They also threw in plastic luggage tags and a little lapel pin shaped like a local animal. Check your city’s tourism board and see what they can provide you! We did 1 bag/hotel room and each bag was no more than $4. We honestly only did them because my Mother-In-Law insisted, but people seemed to really appreciate them and I’m glad we agreed. 

    Post # 9
    5890 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2012

    i struggled with this.  we have quite a few international guests, so i felt it was a must, but our wedding is also an hour and a half away from where the majority of our guests live, so they’ll be getting a hotel as well. i’m drawing the line for Out of Town bag recipients as those who are coming from out of state, otherwise it would literally be the entire guest list.

    Post # 10
    3049 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 1991

    About a third of our wedding guests were Out of Town. I didn’t do Out of Town bags for them. It’s just too much. Favors were enough IMO (they didn’t even really take those). I haven’t heard of anyone complaining about it. When my cousin got married, she did Out of Town bags that had little snacks and a schedule for Friday and Saturday. It was cute, but we certainly could’ve bought snacks ourselves if we wanted. And my mom already knew the entire schedule because she talked to my Aunt beforehand. If you can afford it and it’s important to you, do it… but if not, I wouldn’t feel bad.

    Post # 11
    1150 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I went Out of Town bag crazy! I’m having a very small wedding (34 people) and i am hosting on a tiny little island on the west coast. Everyone is traveling and everyone is staying for 2 nights. 

    I silk screened the bags, attached a poem that we are using in the ceremony and have included a travel brochure of the island, bottled water, chips, nuts, fruit, tissues, granola bars and fresh ground coffee that is roasted on the island. Plus i’m adding some extra kid specific things for the families with kids. It’s been a really big project and a pretty expensive one. 

    Could you just pick up a travel brochure of the area and attach it to a bottle of water? I would appreciate that! 


    Post # 12
    362 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I really want to make Out of Town bags but we have a ton of people coming in from out of town (like my FI’s entire family!) and I just don’t know if we’ll be able to afford it.  I’m going to back-burner the idea until closer to the wedding and reevaluate based on our budget.

    But in answer to your question… I don’t think anyone would be mad if you didn’t make them an Out of Town bag.  You’re hosting an awesome event full of expensive food, drinks and entertainment that they get to partake in!!

    Post # 13
    2819 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    We’re planning on doing them. 90% of our guest list is from out of town (just my mom, dad, sister & one grandma, and my FH’s mom, dad, brother & grandma live in the city, plus a couple close neighbours if we invite them…we might even be from Out of Town by the time our wedding rolls around, LOL!), and 90% of our guest list is family (there’s a couple really close family friends, my Maid/Matron of Honor, the afore-mentioned neighbours, and my godmother that aren’t strictly related to us), so we just feel it’s the nice thing to do.

    We’re probably not going to have favours, though, so there is that. : )

    And Out of Town bags don’t have to cost a lot! There’ve been bees who’ve done them for $2-$5 a bag! (And a bag can be for two people, so it’s really only $1-$2.50 per person.) If you buy water bottles, chips, etc. in bulk from some place like Costco, then it’s pretty cheap. The most expensive part is the bag! : D

    Post # 14
    588 posts
    Busy bee

    IF we do them, do you do them for guests from 2 hrs away? as well as out of state guests??

    Post # 15
    7695 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    All of our guests were Out of Town (the closest people lived 1.5 hrs away and all were staying the night of the wedding) so we did Out of Town bags. I think if you have a wedding where all people are traveling, it’s really appreciated when you do them. They don’t have to be very expensive. Just order a bunch of paper bags online, get a bunch of water bottles/goldfish crackers/granola bars from Costco. Print out a little welcome message and that’s it – Out of Town bag complete!

    Post # 16
    2192 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    We will be doing them for the guests that are staying at the hotel.  It will in all reality end up being maybe 20 bags since a lot of guests are from the area. 

    I am planning on local goodies and a schedule for the weekend.  Love the idea of travel info in there.  I will check into that!

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