Post # 1
I am planning on having Out of Town bags as favors for everyone joining us at the wedding (the wedding is in Italy so just about everyone is OOT)
The wedding is being held at an old castle that has rooms for all of our guests that will be traveling to join us (give or take a few that live in the area). There will be between 50-75 guests so I have a budget that I want to stay under so the bags don’t get too extravagent. So far I have decided on a re-usable grocery bag (pictured below in brown) from http://www.papermart.com and filling it with Italian treats.
We are including:
- a bottle of wine from the place where the wedding is being held + wine opener
- Baci Chocolate (chocolates made in the Umbrian region…in English "baci" means "kisses" and they has love quotes wrapped inside in case anyone is looking for some type of Italian favors that are out of the ordinary!)
- various snacks for the weekend (crackers, biscottie, etc)
- sewing kit (sucks to be in a strange country and lose a button, etc)
- brochures/maps for surrounding areas (free from towns)
- brochure with American and Danish wedding traditions that I will be creating(so our guests will not be confused when the groom’s friends cut the toes off his socks….apparently that is a Danish tradition so the groom knows his wife will be a good homemaker…ha!)
That is all that I can think of so far. I would love to include travel books, as many guests are turning the wedding into a Italian holiday, but have not managed to find any reasonably priced ones.
So my questions for everyone are:
- any clue where to find cheap travel books or alternatives?
- any more ideas about what to else include or un-include (not sure if thats a word)?
- cute wording for tags that we are attaching?
- what to do about the few guests that are not staying at the location? we do have a few guests that live in the area so they won’t receive one of the bags so i feel kind of bad about no favors at all for them.
I look forward to any and alllllllll suggestions!!! Thanks!!!
Post # 3
I’m not sure about cheap travel books, but if you have been to the area before, maybe you could create your own sort of mini guidebook? I like the Luxe City Guides, and it would be fairly easy to make something in that style – a simple accordion fold brochure, with a map, detailing all your favourite places.
Alternatively, traveldk.com has a service that allows you to quickly put together your own guidebook (you can add hotels, sights, even maps), and then you can purchase the PDF for $5. You could do that, and then print out copies for your guests. You can check the service out here.
I also like the idea of checking used bookshops/ebay/craigslist/amazon to see what you can find. There are a few on ebay now for as low as a dollar and a bit (without shipping, though). I don’t think the guests all need to have the same book, as long as they’re all relatively recent and in good shape, and it would look charming if you wrapped each one with a bellyband made from an old map, and maybe included a bookmark and a tag. 🙂
I would also include a short, handy list of common tourist questions, translated from English to Italian, and maybe a gift card or discount card for a good restaurant in the area.
I’d keep the bag tag simple – how about a small envelope that says ‘Benvenuto!’, with a personal note inside for each guest?
For the non-OOT guests, could you give them the same bags but minus the specifically touristy stuff? (Just the wine, chocolate, snacks and wedding traditions brochure.) Everything sounds really lovely!
Post # 4
Studio.Ariadne’s list is great — thanks for the DK Travel suggestion! I’m definitely going to check that out.
I’m getting married in South Africa and will be including a SIM card for our overseas guests, as well as making a CD of African music (both popular and traditional) as a memento. A list of phone numbers is also helpful with your info pack.
Post # 5
I think it may be agood idea to add in some basics that travelers may need and forget/not want to fight the airlines for. Mainly I am think of headache meds, tums, and such. Since many will be staying a while, they may appreciate som small travel tubes so if they get a headache or eat something that doesnt set well while on vacation.