Post # 1
I thought I’d start (yet another) thread about Out of Town Bags….my issue is that MANY of our guests are Out of Town but also many are from here and will be staying at the hotel anyways. In many of the rooms will be two couples to each room, meaning that Out of Town bag will be crammed with stuff.
My wedding planner assured me that I will have a room print-out and will be able to customize each bag (i.e. a room with one family as opposed to a room with two couples), but I”m getting the point where I don’t even know if it matters!
Have you received an Out of Town bag before? Did you really care about the water/advil/snacks thing?
Post # 3
If they are all staying at one hotel can you leave a basket of neccessities at the front desk for your guests? That way people that forgot shampoo/conditioner/toothepaste/toothebrush/deoderent will be covered. We did that for my cousins wedding. She just bought the brands she used (didn’t have to buy stuff for a year LOL). She had itineraries printed up, maps, places of interest and placed them in each room. She also placed a sachet of lavender on each pillow with a note about how much their presence means. The hotel provided continental breakfast so nothing more was needed. The sachets of lavender (from her own garden) were a big hit with guests.
If they are staying all over I think just maps and a note are enough. Save your money for something else.
Post # 4
I love getting them. The water and snacks to eat when I get back to the room. I dont care about the maps.
I just made enough for 1 per couple with extras and the front desk was instructed to ask how many people were in each room and gave them the right number of bags.
That way if there was 2 or 5 people in a room I didnt have to worry about it. I just needed to know how many people in total were staying there
Post # 5
I did a bag per a room. With a couple water bottles, 2 bags of chips, and then the guest information. I thought they turned out nice and people liked them. I kept it pretty simple.
Post # 6
We ended up forgoing the Out of Town bags, but we didn’t have nearly as many Out of Town guests. They’re a nice gesture, but certainly not required.
Post # 7
It’s a nice touch. I think edible items are a big hit, such as snacks, water bottles, etc. The non-edible items like hairspray, not so much. Those usually have been given because the bride gets them cheap or free from her work and people don’t really use them as much. Maps/information sheet is handy but I don’t know that people appreciate extra work to make it fancy as opposed to a simple word document you print off.
Post # 8
We didn’t do them as I prefered to put the money else where. I dont’ think anyone missed them. I’ve received an Out of Town bag once and thought it was a nice touch.
Post # 9
I am doing them for a few select individuals, who are travelling a LONG way, as well as one for our photographer and her hubby (second shooter) to welcome them, and one for my planner to thank her.
Otherwise, ALL my family and friends are travelling, and with 160 plus guests, way too much money to provide it for all. I wish we could afford to though, I love the thought of it.