(Closed) out of town bags for everyone?

posted 8 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I think Out of Town boxes are NICE, but I don’t think people EXPECT them.  However, if you are doing them for some of your guests, I’d definitely do them for all the guests.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We are having a destination wedding….kinda.  There are lots of people coming from out of town. I did not see the need but my mom insisted so she is doing it.  I think they are nice but not necessarily expected. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

We had a destination wedding and provided one OOT bag for every hotel room, yes.  We filled them with maps & brochures on the area as well as some goodies we picked up at the local Sam’s Club (snacks, water, candy, gum, etc.).  It wasn’t all that much work.  I bought the bags and decorated them at home and then packed them [flat[ in our suitcase.  My husband and I knocked out the assembly of all of them as soon as we got to the destination city, and then delivered them to the various hotels.  It only took a couple of hours.  It was also a nice way to communicate with all of our guests and where/when to meet for the post-rehearsal dinner welcome party, where/when the trolley would pick up before the wedding, childcare info, etc. — all info details that needed to be communicated as I didn’t want a million pieces of paper falling out of our invitations.  🙂 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

no one expects them. people outside of wedding blogs don’t even know what they are for the most part. they’re nice, but if you can’t afford them, don’t worry about it.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m not going to do them simply because they charge 5 dollars a room to give them to our guest! I think thats crazy!

 

I agree with kitzy no one will Expect them.. Save your money for something else if you have a tight budget!  🙂

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Yep nobody “expects” them.

And I agree with another poster, if you do give to some, you should give to all. But keep in mind that you don’t give one per person, but rather one per couple/family.

We gave Out of Town bags to all the Out of Town guests & Wedding Party that was at the Rehearsal Dinner. It was fun just to pass them out and see everyone dig in 🙂 Plus it made it easier then going to deliver them at everyones hotel.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Agree with PP’s no one expects them. We are giving them to everyone though…well every family. Basically one per room.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Although no one expects them I think its a really nice gesture to show your appreciation for people attending your destination wedding. And as peopel prevously mentioned you only need one per room not per person. And you can find really inexpensive items to put in them.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@PuntaCanaBride: I agree. I think its a nice gesture considering guests have gone out of their way to attend your wedding. If the $5 charge is too much, perhaps just give them to the guests at your rehearsal dinner or even at the wedding as “thank you” gift. Or, some people hate to add to their luggage anyway, how about just sending thank you packages after they get back home?

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I don’t think you need to have much in them but a little bag with a snack, bottle of water, gum and advil are sometimes a huge help.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

If you want to avoid the cost of paying the hotel for “delivering” them to the rooms, you can also leave them out during one of your other events–I went to a Destination Wedding once where the goodie bags were placed on a table near the check-out/guest exit so that we can pick them out on the way out. Only advice–put a sign up, because we were thoroughly confused.

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

If you want to avoid the cost of paying the hotel for “delivering” them to the rooms, you can also leave them out during one of your other events–I went to a Destination Wedding once where the goodie bags were placed on a table near the check-out/guest exit so that we can pick them out on the way out. Only advice–put a sign up, because we were thoroughly confused.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I don’t think it’s required by anyone, but Out of Town bags are one of the few things I think guests actually notice.  I was talking about weddings with some coworkers, and no one talked about napkin rings or favors or any of that stuff, but they kept talking about how thoughtful it was that their guests gave them water and snacks for the weekend.  You could make these really cheap, and I think there’s a huge bang for your buck.  But again, definitely not required.

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