Post # 1
So my FI is really interested in putting together OOT bags but I think we’ve already spent lots of money and that this is just another expensive thing that we don’t need. That being said, I’m willing to consider the idea since I know it something he wants IF we can do it affordablely.
So – for those of you who did OOT bags – how much did you spend putting together each bag? And how much time did it take? Also, did your hotel charge you to pass them out as people checked in (I’ve heard that some do this)?
Post # 3
I’m wondering about this, too. We’ll have 60-70 OOT guests in 30-35 rooms. I know our hotel won’t charge, and my mom and sister have graciously offered to sew up some cute drawstring bags. But I’m concerned about the contents. We plan to hit up the local Chamber of Commerce/Bureau of Tourism to get maps, brochures, etc. I’d also like to include short, hand-written notes, and preferably a Georgia-y snack. I’m thinking 2 old fashioned glass Coke bottles and a bag of fresh roasted peanuts?
I really have no idea what would be a realistic cost per bag in terms of money and time, though. I’ve never know anyone who did OOT bags, but I love the idea and want to have them if possible.
Post # 4
We are putting a bag of chips, a bottle of water, a candy bar, and a bag of homemade sugar cookies in our bags with some literature like a schedule, things to do, and places to eat in the area. We got some paper lunch bag sized bags from oriental trading with a bride and groom on them. Very inexpensive but should work well. The total cost for 40 bags is going to come out to $150.
Our hotel is not charging to give the bags to guests, but they will pass them out at check-in, not at the rooms themselves.
Post # 5
I alloted $5 per bag to make 70 bags = 350.00 for them. So far I’ve got large pink 17inch canvas beach totes (1.00each), pink coozie cups that I will add a stencil detail to (.52 each), Individual pink cotton candy (.50 each), I will be making gooey butter cookies and benne wafers (it will come down to costing about .57 per), bottle water with our labels, 2 included in each bag (.48per bag), small bag of peanuts with a recipe on how to make boiled peanuts (.22per bag), bag of mini charleston chews (.25 per), I also want to include some kind of chip but not decided yet, should spend apx. .50 per. I am also putting together a booklet of info that will be free b/c I already have the materials, I’m also including coupons and maps and info from the tourism center. So total my bags cost a little over 4.00 per. Over half of my guests are renting beach houses and I’ve spoken with the leasing agency and they will allow me to drop off the bags free of charge. There are several area hotels that don’t charge and I’ve been told by them that if you mention you were allowed to drop the bags off free of charge at one place, they usually don’t charge you. (But I am allowing for a charge of a dollar a bag just in case!)
Post # 6
My guess is we’re going to land somewhere around $5 per bag. The bags themselves were a little more than a dollar and we’re also including bottles of water, bug spray wipes, chocolate-covered blueberries, breath mints, and FI is baking cookies and making Chex mix… or so he says 🙂
Oh, and additional items that don’t cost us anything are wedding weekend schedules, welcome note, and local tourist info.