(Closed) OOT Bags??-Share your experiences please!! Still on the fence about them…

posted 8 years ago in Favors
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Good call with this question.  My entire side is coming from out of town, and I really don’t think we have it in our budget for 75 out of town bags… but my mom keeps insisting that they’re so cute.  Personally, I kind of think they won’t be worth the hassle and money.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I was all for them when I started planning my own wedding – then as things started to add up and I realized the hotel charged $4 to deliver each one, I nixed it – I’ve been to weddings where I have and have not gotten them – While they are nice, they are definitely not a must have and I don’t believe anyone missed them at my wedding.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - Anela Garden Chapel & Japanese Cultural Center, Honolulu

i definitely don’t think you *have* to do them, but my own flying guests certainly found theirs useful! especially the tylenol and the band-aids, for whatever reason. after a long flight, i think they appreciated the water and snacks right there waiting for them.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

I think it would be a really nice gesture if you could make it happen.  As a guest, I really appreciate getting an out of town gift box.  The water and the advil are usually my most prized posessions : )  Your guests are spending money to travel and stay in a hotel to be at your wedding so I think welcoming them with a thoughtful gift is a nice thing to do.  We had them for our wedding and they were a big hit.  Everything in them was purchased at BJ’s and they really didn’t end up being that expensive to do.  Our hotel kept them at the front desk and just gave them to people as they checked in, so we had no delivery fee like what lauren810 mentioned.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

It is a very nice thing to do, but I don’t think I would have done them if our hotels had charged a delivery fee (that’s insane). Just be careful to keep them reasonable, it’s very easy for Out of Town bags to become a multi-stage craft project with multiple expensive elements. Some people were blown away by our bags, but we probably spent too much on locally made truffle chocolates, for example. (Even if they were 50% off with a groupon).

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@nskillet:

I love Out of Town bags, but I don’t think they are necessary. I have been to plenty of weddings and not had them.  We wanted them so we decided to do simple things and go to Costco and get everything because we didn’t have a large budget for them. Nothing fancy, but they will look cute with the ribbon and monogram stickers we are using.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

As a guest I always appreciate them- especially a snack and schedule of events. For our wedding we couldn’t pull it off because people were scattered in a lot of hotels and it was going to be a big headache to get them to people. Instead we emailed a pdf with the most important information.  I would say if it is not too difficult, go for it! (Btw, In My Humble Opinion the specialty/local treats are not as appealing after a flight as a snack pack of popcorn/pretzels/chips, so these don’t need to be an expensive project).

Post # 10
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Busy bee

@lauren810c: Thanks for  mentioning this ridiculous charge. I was on the fence and would never have considered asking our hotel.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011 - Samuel Lynne Galleries and Marc Events

I always love getting Out of Town bags, so we are definitely doing them. I’m going to make them super cute, but not spending a ton of money on what goes in them… water, pain medicine, a couple of snacks, a schedule of events… I think it’s always nice for people who are going to the expense of flying in and staying up in a hotel to get a free bottle of water and not have to take snacks out of the mini fridge.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

I love getting a little treat at an out of town wedding!  My cousin’s wedding had all kinds of treats in hers!  She included lots of cool stuff like tourist info, local restaurants, and snacks!  The water was definitely appreciated! 

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