(Closed) What goes into an OOT bag and are they necessary?

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 4
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

We are doing Out of Town bags and using them also as our favor bags. ALL our guests are coming in from out of town except for Future Mother-In-Law and our caterer.

So we are going to have bags in everyone’s hotel rooms.

They will probably have the following:

Map/guide to Camden, ME

Little jar of Maine maple syrup (or maple candy)

Little See’s Candies (I’m from CA)

Bottle of Maine wine

Maybe a few other food items


Post # 5
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

usually snacks, water, some local treats, maps, and visitor info.

they’re not necessary by any means, by they are a nice touch for people who are traveling to your wedding.

Post # 6
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Anything you want and no they are not necessary but I don’t think a lot of things in weddings are. We are doing them instead of favors and including similar things to what was already mentioned. I think the guests will appreciate it.

Post # 7
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

They are absolutely not necessary and pretty much nobody would even think to look for something like that (nobody will miss them).

Post # 8
16196 posts
Honey Beekeeper

They certainly aren’t necessarily, but they are a nice touch and can be done for not a lot of money. We’re going to put personal thank-yous in ours, along with snacks, bottles of water and maps to our venues, etc. Just a fun, refreshing thank you to those who traveled to share in our day.

Post # 9
5271 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

no not necessary. But I did them anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

Typically the Out of Town bags are to highlight things from the area they are visiting. My wedding was in Austin, TX. So I had items in my Out of Town bag that were representative of Texas – beef jerky, fritos, pecans, and bottle water – I had a little tag on the bag that explained why each item was in there and how it relates to Texas.

Post # 10
340 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Like the others have said – not necessary, but I always love getting them at weddings. For our wedding, we included:

– welcome letter
– Map of the area with reminder directions to the venue
– Invite to a restaurant/bar next door to the hotel for a “meet & greet” the night before the wedding
– 2 bottles of water
– 2 bags of goldfish
– 2 bags of m&m cookies
– breath mints
– 2 nutragrain bars
– 2 bags of pretzels
– 2 types of tasty cakes
– 4 pieces of candy (air heads, jolly ranchers, etc.)
– 2 packages of swedish fish
– 2 bags of sour patch kids

We tried to get items that covered the sweet, salty and sour tastebuds. We prepared 75 boxes and purchased everything from Sams Club. I think total, we spent $400 (which I thought was pretty good given the amount included and number of boxes prepared).

Post # 11
3620 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We put splits of champagne, snacks, water, emergen-c, wisp toothbrushes, tissues, AA batteries, etc in ours. They only went to people who stayed over the night before the wedding, and included tickets to a harbor cruise with us the night before the wedding on Boston Harbor.

Post # 12
477 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We had custom canvas bags printed and are putting in:

  • 2 bottles of water
  • Cheez Its
  • Assorted fun size candies (M&Ms, Snickers, Twix, Dove hearts, etc)
  • Fruit snacks
  • Cookies
  • Trail mix granola bars
  • Korean cup ramen
  • Korean candies
  • Welcome letter
  • Weekend schedule of events (welcome reception, breakfast, shuttle schedule, etc.)
  • Customized hand sanitizer (I had a gift card to Beaucoup.com)
  • Maps and guides to local attractions

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