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

posted 11 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: How Much you spending on Over Night Hotel Bags? Putting in them?









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  • Post # 18
    119 posts
    Blushing bee

    We aren’t doing them.

    Post # 19
    364 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    We are doing white paper gift bags stamped with our monogram.

    A map my FH made of the area our wedding is in.

    Books from the Chamber of Commerce about Pittsburgh.

    Pickle and Ketchup Pins.

    A bottle of Ketchup and a bottle of Mustard that say Perfect Pair on the Label.

    2 bottles of water with our label that I got at oriental trading.

    A schedule for the big day.

    Terrible Towels

    Key phone numbers


    And we’re making some trail mix.

    I could literally buy 189403 things to put in our Out of Town

    Post # 21
    248 posts
    Helper bee

    Although it’s an extra expense for the bride and groom, I know what a treat it is to receive an Out of Town bag when I check into a hotel for a wedding as a guest. A guest is already spending money for travel, one or two nights in a hotel, as well as a gift. So while not necessary, I will put together a small bag of bottled waters and some snacks for the room for the Out of Town guests.

    Post # 23
    813 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2020

    I think the Out of Town bags are a GREAT idea for guests who are traveling far. Oftentimes, you get a hotel for the wedding, and you are immediately busy doing touristy things or getting ready for the wedding. The snacks REALLY come in handy if you are starving before heading you the door to the wedding, in between activities, or even late night after you get back from the wedding. A lot of times, f you are traveling from far away, you don’t think to stop to get snacks, but they are great!


    So far I am planning on:




    Candy (heart shapped jaw breakers)

    Chips/other snacks


    Welcome letter & welcome packet


    I’m not sure what else I will add. I am thinking of doing re-usable bags– I’ve heard that you can order them relatively cheap (.99) from cheaptotes.com. I am actually ordering a few different ones today just to test them out, so PM me if you want a full review of the quality of the bags after I receive them next week! 

    Post # 25
    24 posts
    • Wedding: November 2009

    I remember the first time I ever saw one of these Out of Town bags when I went to a gorgeous wedding in Dana Point, California. I was so surprised and excited!
    For my wedding here in NYC, I am putting in:

    – NYC subway map
    – 1 pack tissues
    – 1 bottled water
    – 1 chocolate NYC subway "tokens"
    – 1 I (heart) NY pen
    – 1 travel size bottle of Purell
    – 1 personalized chapstick with our names & wedding date
    – 1 travel-size hand lotion
    – 1 hot chocolate packet from Serendipity 

    * I got great subway map gift bags from the MTA museum to put all the above stuff in!

    Post # 26
    1220 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    Anyone do them with a destination wedding where you have to haul all the stuff to the event?  Seems like a PINTA.

    Post # 27
    618 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    I adore out-of-town bags!  We’re having a destination wedding, so everyone is an out-of-towner for this wedding!  It means a lot to us for all of our guests to travel such a great distance to be with us, so our Out of Town bags have got to be great!  We’re getting married in the mountains at a place called the Lazy Moose, so our bags will have a moose theme.

    1. Brown kraft bag with a moose printed on the front 
    2. Hand-written moose notecard thanking them for coming 
    3. Wedding weekend itinerary
    4. List of phone numbers for wedding party
    5. Local maps of the area
    6. Local brochures 
    7. Stamped moose postcards (one addressed to us and one for their own use)
    8. Bottles of water
    9. Packets of Advil
    10. Chocolate moose pops
    11. Chocolate covered espresso beans ("moose droppings")
    12. A notepad that we designed ("Things I Moose Do")
    13. A six-pack of local beer with a moose on the label


    Post # 28
    164 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2009

    We didnt have that many Out of Town guests, so I was able to go all out a bit more.. My family is Canadian, so I put their favorite things in the bags

    1. a can of salted peanuts

    2. a block of cheese

    3. a few packages of popcorn (the rooms had microwaves and fridges)

    4. 4 small bottles of wine, one of each type so I was sure to get their fav.

    5. a bottle of scotch/gin depending on their preference

    6. a small basket of fresh fruits

    7. a folder with a map and listing of closeby restaurants and stores for them to stay entertained while we were busy with wedding stuff, we put 5-10 dollar gift certificates to the restaurants too (doesnt cover much but its the thought that counts)

    8. keys to our cars… we left mine and my mother’s cars at the hotel for our guests to use.. my BMS drove me arround and my mom had my dad so it wasnt that big on an inconvenience and it saved our guests a TON on rental cars!

    The totes were cream canvas with black straps and we used those iron on letters to leave personal messages on each bag.

    They were a HUGE hit!

    Post # 29
    375 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2020

    I heart Costco!

    My bags will contain:

    • A Welcome Newsletter
    • Maps and Brochures from the Boulder Chamber of Commerce
    • 2 Bottles of Water 
    • 2 personalized chapsticks
    • 2 sunscreen wipes
    • 2 packets of Advil (in case of altitude headaches)
    • Boulder Chips
    • Trail Mix

    We’re trying to go with a mountain/local theme. Buying these items in bulk has really helped save $!


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