(Closed) How Much you spending on Over Night Hotel Bags?

posted 10 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: How Much you spending on Over Night Hotel Bags? Putting in them?
    $5-$10 : (18 votes)
    27 %
    $10-$20 : (8 votes)
    12 %
    $20-$30 : (4 votes)
    6 %
    $30-$40 : (0 votes)
    $40-$50 : (0 votes)
    $50+ : (3 votes)
    5 %
    Maps? : (16 votes)
    24 %
    Water? : (14 votes)
    21 %
    City Passes? : (3 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
    279 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2009

    Here’s what I spent/what I am putting in them (I am giving one per room, so they were made w/the idea that generally, they’d be for 2 people)

    Tote bags – $1.90 each (Wal-Mart)

    Supplies to DIY each tote bag (stencils, fabric paint pens) – Maybe a $ 1 per bag

    Folders to put info in – 90 cents each (wal-mart)

    Fliers on local activities/welcome packet – free, got all the fliers from the local chamber of commerce, a great resource!

    Mini sun block – $1.80 – http://www.minimus.biz

    2 Wet Ones individual wipes – 20 cents (they come in packets of 24 at Wal-Mart)

    2 packets of popcorn – 40 cents (24 bags for $5 at Wal-Mart)

    2 FL coconut patties – $1 (Anastasia Confections online)

    Big pack of Candy (whoppers or reese’s pieces of Milk-Duds) – $1 (Wal-Mart)

    2 Water bottles – .25 ($3 for 24 bottles – Wal-Mart)

    So that’s actually less than $10 a bag and for a good amount of stuff and a custom tote, I think that’s great!

    Post # 4
    177 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2008

    I don’t remember exact costs, but I think we tried to keep the Out of Town bags under $10.

    We did:

    canvas bag

    can of macadamia nuts

    bottled water

    clif bars

    fruit leathers

    beach towel or beach mat

    welcome letter/schedule of events/day after brunch invitation


    luggage tag



    Post # 5
    2004 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2008

    $0! I didn’t do these so I checked "other." My guests, 80% of whom were from out of town, still managed to eat and enjoy themselves without them! Mostly they just wanted to drink at the hotel bar and watch the football game.

    Post # 6
    765 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2008

    Here’s what was in mine:

    I bought damask bags from Target.

    I included 2 bottles of water with the custom labels I designed and printed from home.

    A map, directions and key phone numbers


    Granola Bars

    Special K Bars

    Post # 9
    7052 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    This is an interesting thread and I want to see some more post on this as I will have a huge need for Out of Town bags!


    Post # 11
    1238 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2008

    We had a lot of Out of Town guests but we did not do Out of Town bags because I had never heard of them until I started reading weddingbee.  In fact, no one in my family had. I live on the west coast and I’ve gone to a large number of weddings on the east coast, and I have never been given an Out of Town bag. I didn’t even get one for the wedding I went to in France.  After reading weddingbee and discussing it with my mom, we decided that this is a new phenomenon and an extra expense that could easily be avoided. Practical me 🙂 

    Post # 13
    209 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I’ve only gotten an Out of Town bag once, and it was a simple paper gift bag with bottled water, advil, a timeline/list of events and some candy.  It was such a nice surprise after we checked in, even though it was just a small thing to be shared amount 4 people!

    I’m planning on doing something similar if my budget allows it.  Plain paper bags, advil/aspirin, info on the area and attractions, and tissues.  I would hope to keep it under $3/bag

    Post # 14
    54 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2008

    we didn’t do them either, so I clicked "other". We had a pretty small wedding so just about everyone was either in town just for the day of or, if they did travel, were somehow related to someone that lived there, so they knew (or could easily figure out) how to get around.

    Post # 15
    469 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2008

    We did OoT bags for our guests, as nearly 85% of our guests traveling to our wedding and stayed overnight at the hotel. In ours was:

    Advil packets (http://www.firstaidmonster.com/product_info.php/advil-ibuprofen-pain-relief-tablets-100-box/products_id/1243?SID)

    2 bottles of water

    a handful of hershey kisses

    a handful of individually wrapped life savers

    guides for the city (free from the visitors center)

    a package of 2 handmade pumpkin muffins (my mom baked them)

    directions to the next day’s brunch

    Post # 16
    133 posts
    Blushing bee

    I think mine are probably going to work out around $2/ each. I’m including maps and pamphets from the tourist bureau and from costco a piece of fruit, a granola bar and a bottle of water per person. Plus extra copies of maps and the information on our website.

    The bags will just be ordinary craft bags since I doubt people will look at them too closely or want to take home a tote bag with our names and wedding date on it.

    As for the pain reliever, sunblock, breath mints etc I figure everyone has their own favorite brand and can buy it from the hotel’s front desk if they need to.

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