(Closed) Out of Town Bags, yay or nay?

posted 9 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: Are you going to provide out of town bags for guests?




  • Post # 3
    1237 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    We are but I don’t think they’re necessary! I’ve never been to an out of town wedding that had them. In fact, the first time I heard of them was when I was working at a hotel that was popular for weddings. 

    Post # 4
    1736 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’m definitely doing this as many of my guests will be making a long weekend of the wedding trip! We are including area maps (free from the Town Commerce), local treats (wedding is in New Husband so we are getting local food stuffs to give to them), and some other little give-aways. Nothing is going to be very expensive. We’ll buy as much in bulk as we can and we won’t make them until we have a final number from the two hotels we blocked rooms at. I think it’s a nice gesture to welcome your Out of Town guests, but not “mandatory” by any means.

    Post # 5
    339 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    We did small ones. We knew all of our Out of Town guest would be driving. If people are flying you may want to consider that. Plus we only have 4 people coming in from Out of Town. All my fiancee family have never been to cincinnati so we thought it would be cute to add in some “cincinnati favorites”. Here is what we put in ours I think we spent about 70$ for everything in the bucket, the actuall bucket and the wrapping.

    Cincinnati Reds peanuts

    Grippos BBQ chips (made here)

    Skyline Chili (made here and there is a chili rivilry here LOL)

    Montgomery Inn BBQ sauce (founded and made here)

    LaRosas Pizza Sauce (Larosas is a pizza place started here)

    Busken Bakery cookies (founded and made here)

    Frische’s Tarter sauce ( popalar resurant here)

    Greater’s Candy Bar ( ice cream place started here) there candy bars have the city skyline on them

    We also put a large magnet we had made on the front of the basket that has our initials and says “I’d rather be in cincinnati”




    Post # 6
    27 posts
    • Wedding: October 2012

    We aren’t doing any gift bags but we are hosting our own rehearsal dinner where we will have something for all the guests along with a thank you note for making the long trip.

    Post # 7
    5976 posts
    Bee Keeper

    When I’m an Out of Town guest at a wedding, I appreciate these so much. I’m already traveling a good distance to attend the wedding, so it’s a really nice thing to get a bag of goodies for the hotel! I don’t think it needs to be elaborate. A couple bottles of water and maybe some small snacks. 

    Post # 8
    23585 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    We did, and most weddings we’ve been to where we come from out of town, we’ve also received Out of Town bags!  I think it’s a nice gesture, even if it’s something small.

    Post # 9
    1215 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    We are, we have ~50 Out of Town guests. So save money, I am taking another bee’s advice and going to Costco and buying everything in bulk! Buying the individual packs of Goldfish, chips, candy, etc. is definitely more expensive than buying big containers and bagging it yourself. So I bought cellophane bags from Hobby Lobby (cheap!):

    And small round stickers, and a heart stamp I can stamp on the stickers to seal the bags shut. And a week before the wedding, we’ll fill the bags with Golfish, pretzels, gummies, trail mix, etc. We’ll probably pick up a couple cases of water bottles, and I am buying sunscreen and bug spray that come in individual wipes since we’re having an outdoor wedding in Houston, where sun and bugs are pretty much a given.

    I think the total cost for Out of Town bags for ~50 people (assuming each couple shares a bag) will be ~$75 max.

    Post # 10
    3884 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I have never recieved one as an out-of-town guest, so I’m not entirely sure how common they are. However, as a frequent traveler, I know how much I appreciate having a bottle of water and a little munchy treat waiting for me in the room when I end up at a hotel that does that.  We’re giving bottled waters, homemade cookies, area maps, a $25 restaurant.com gift certificate (costs $1 to buy when on sale, w00t) to a restaurant within 3 blocks of the hotel, and are thinking about adding a low-value Metro farecard.  Also we’ll put our info card in there that has details on post-rehearsal gathering (not the traditional rehearsal dinner), shuttle to the venue, etc.

    Post # 11
    2362 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    Nope….now I feel bad LOL

    Post # 12
    924 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    We had them for our out-of-town guests and it included favorites from out hometown (chips, sauces, water, dips–and recipes for them all), as a PP has also mentioned. Very similar except we put it in a reusable bag with our local NFL team’s logo on it and included maps to the event locations and also maps to local eateries and things to do. 

    Post # 13
    1765 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I really want to make some, but I’m pretty sure that I’ll only have two guests from out of state.. both of which grew up here. And both of them are family members who I don’t think will really appreciate or want them. It’s too bad because I love making stuff like this! 

    Post # 14
    11259 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

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    @Gavinsmamma:  what an amazing oot bucket!  very thoughtful.

    Post # 15
    2333 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I love Out of Town bags.  I bought screenprinted canvas totes from Vistaprint with a Groupon deal, filling them with travel brochures (free from travel centers), Virginia is for Lovers stickers (free from DOT), a welcome booklet, peanuts, water, and either candy or cookies.  The totes ended up being more $ than paper bags, but I liked that guests could use them again.

    Post # 16
    1252 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    They are such a nice gesture of hospitality and you really don’t have to spend much money on a couple bottles of water, granola bars, and some free maps, so why not?

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