(Closed) How important are Out of Town (OOT) bags?

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: How important are OOT bags?
    Definitely give OOT bags. : (13 votes)
    18 %
    Don't worry about it -- no one will miss them. : (49 votes)
    67 %
    Give at least a welcome packet with maps and city info. : (11 votes)
    15 %
  • Post # 3
    1375 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    If you have the money and time left over, then go for it.  If not, don’t worry.

    I wrote a welcome letter, with a hand-drawn map on the back, for each guest at the hotel.

    My dad’s very good friend got a welcome bag for a different wedding than ours accidentally, and didn’t realize until he ate all the cookies.  Oops!

    Post # 4
    1423 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    We won’t be doing Out of Town bags. I had never even heard of it before coming to Weddingbee and of my friends who have been Out of Town guests to weddings, they’ve never gotten welcome bags. We won’t be giving our Out of Town guests anything. We won’t know where they’ll be staying, anyway, since none seem to be choosing the hotel we got room blocks for. I don’t think they’re needed at all. Put that money elsewhere.

    Post # 5
    2622 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    If it was a money or time issue, you dont have to do it.

    If it is not, as a guest, I love having water and snacks in the room when I get back to it.

    It is a nice to have, not a mandatory thing

    Post # 6
    9823 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I don’t think it’s a necessity because I wouldn’t miss it if it wasn’t there.  Maps and city info is nice…but most hotels have that anyway.  I think bottled water, snacks, candy would be nice to do though.  Sunscreen if it’s at a beach.  But it’s still not a necessity, I wouldn’t notice if there wasn’t one

    Post # 7
    1856 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I don’t think they’re super important, but a nice touch. We’re probably doing them, but our wedding is tiny and family only, so it’s a matter of grabbing some neat location-specific things that they have never tried (local snacks and drinks) and a few maps and such. If you have a lot of guests and it’ll be another big task on your to-do list, I’d skip it, because as a guest I wouldn’t be bothered by not having one.

    Post # 8
    3092 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Our is only semi-destination.  The wedding will be near where my aunt lives, lucky for us!  So we asked her to research some local things to put in a basket, and she kind of took over and is planning them all out.  We’ll cover all costs.  But since we’re having our wedding at an inn in wine country she is doing wine glasses, cork screw, bottle of wine, jar of olives (the inn is on an olive orchard) and city info and wine tour guides, and a welcome note.  We’d add chips and stuff but I think my aunt would blow a gasket…she’s a little snooty. 

    I don’t think they’re a necessity but I’d be really blown away to be a guest a get an Out of Town bag.

    Post # 9
    1381 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    If I was a guest at a destination wedding, I’d be having too much fun to notice!  Actually I just realized my sister didn’t have any at her Palm Springs wedding and I didn’t even notice (until now).

    FH & I are doing Out of Town bags for our local wedding.. but it’s mostly for our bridal party that I know will be staying with us at the hotel.

    Post # 10
    382 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    don’t bother! I read an article (i wish I could remember where, I’d link to it for you) written by someone who works reception at a hotel that has a lot of weddings. the main points were that too many brides stress over putting together bags that guests often don’t even pick up, or leave in their rooms when they check out. she did say it’s very important to type up a schedule of wedding events with specific times and places (and a map if necessary) and make LOTS of copies for the front desk. they can give it to guests as they check in and they have spares for when people lose theirs or come to the desk with questions. 

    it’s not like you’ve sprung a surprise holiday on them, they can pack their own sunscreen. 

    Post # 11
    8575 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I think they are a nice gesture, and they are appreciated, but they are in no way expected.

    We are having an entire 3 day affair [rehearsal dinner/bon fire, ceremony/reception, and breakfast/opening gifts & honeymoon send off for the third day]. We will doing Out of Town baskets. We are doing them by room rented, [for instance, some folks will be staying 2 in a hotel room, while others will be booking out 9 person cottages]. Guests staying at the cottages will get a larger basket, since it’s for more people.

    Each basket will consist of drinks, snacks, the itinerary of whats going on, mints, lotions/shower gels, other minatures. Probably some homemade cookies & brownies, coffee, tea, sugar & creamer. Disposable plates, napkins, cutlery. And we are also delivering donuts each morning.

    Post # 12
    2868 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I think they’re an awesome plus, but not necessary.

    Post # 13
    1282 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    When Fiance and I went to a wedding in Fl.. we are from PA and MD, the bride didn’t even make a point to talk to us.  We were there for his friend, the groom, and Fiance was in the wedding.  I thought it would have been nice to have a welcome letter and some suggestions of things to do in the hotel room.  Also an itinerary would have been nice… but they didnt even knwo what they were doing so I guess that was too much to ask.  Something small to show that you really do appreciate everyone making the trip would be nice.  It’s not necessary but a short handwritten note takes barely any time and virtually no money.  I am doing only a few Out of Town bags for the groomsmen that are traveling from out of town to be in the wedding.  Then for the guests that are staying just overnight I am doing a small gift in their rooms too. 

    Post # 14
    2747 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    We did not do Out of Town bags but we DID give an information packet~

    Post # 15
    8951 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    If it’s not a money issue, go ahead and do them. Who doesn’t appreciate snacks and beverages at a hotel?

    Post # 16
    814 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I’d never even heard of Out of Town bags until this site. Hotels have these things anyway. I wouldn’t bother.

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