To OOT or not to OOT??
Posted 30 April 2008 - 10:41 PM
Posted 30 April 2008 - 11:24 PM
| Originally Posted by raisinblur |
Thanks for all the comments, ladies! It's been really helpful. I guess I was stressing about it because I've been looking at totes, and they're all so big and I was like, "omg, how am I going to fill it up with stuff and how much is this going to cost us?!" But now I'm liking the idea of just giving out a mug (or stackable cups - solves the shipping problem), and maybe filling them with some first-aid items (tylenol, immodium), cause I think those will be the most useful stuff. I think it'll be a good balance of giving something nice/useful for the guests, but also being more budget-friendly.
Morgan, I'm going to look through your OOT links now. Seems like a lot of useful info!! Thanks so much. I especially like the way you made the individual pill packs, without having to buy them in individual packs. That will definitely save some $$. I'm amazed you only spent $10 each. They look great!
PS, Heidi, your pro-pics look amazing! Congrats!!
I just did the math on mine. I spent $180 total. That was with 16 bags in mind, but I have a lot of stuff left over. Some of it will be at our AHR & some I'll sell after my wedding. A lot of the things I bought came as 24 packs so there is excess. I also bought a ton of those cups because they were so cheap I just couldn't pass them up. I'll have them at my AHR & use them for other things. The biggest splurge were the luggage combo locks at $2.50 each.
You can probably tell from my thread I had a lot of fun making my OOT bags. I'm so excited to pass them out too. But, I still do not think it's a requirement. You could always just make a nice welcome/ thank you note.
Here is a copy from my budget. More details are on my thread about my bags. I hope each thing in there is stuff people will actually use. I'll report back after June.
OOT bag postcards10
OOT bag cups 152 cups (for AHR too), 2 paint pens, 4 pages rub ons30
OOT bag first aid kits (14)15
OOT bag 96 immodium (made pouches)10
OOT bags advil (made pouches)5
OOT bag SPF chapstick (30) (ebay)7.57
OOT bag misc printing10
OOT bags master locks (16) ebay36
OOT bag chapstick label vista print3
OOT bag stuff from oriental trading (24 coin purses, 24 totes, 50 carabeaners)40
OOT bags glasses wipes sam's club 8
OOT stuff from lauren7
OOT bag total (16 bags with stuff left over & stuff for AHR)181.57
Posted 01 May 2008 - 10:21 AM
Overall, I would probably recommend doing t-shirts for your guests instead, and get them all to wear it the first day. My guests really loved the shirts. I read on another thread here on BDW that somebody wrote on their shirts "I went to X and X's wedding in mexico and all I got was this lousy shirt". I think that's an awesome idea, and I could see some of the people wearing them again, even if it's just as weekend/stay at home clothes, workout gear or something like that. Also t-shirts take up less suitcase space than OOT bags. And you can hand them out at the airport and people can throw them over the clothes they are wearing.
Posted 01 May 2008 - 11:22 AM
We are going to carry all the stuff down with us, because my sisters are only coming down for a week, so they have offered room in their suitcases for eveything.
I'm not putting that much stuff in the bags, mainly things that I think that I would use myself. I keep finding awesome deals at the Dollarama here, such as body lotion and body wash, mainly because whenever I travel, I always forget to bring that stuff. Plus, I have heard rumors that hotel soup dries the skin out.
Plus, one of the local parks close to our hotel is an eco-system protected thingy, so inorder to go swimming there, you need to be wearing bio-degradable sun screen, so I'm going to put some of that in the bags for my guests.
Posted 01 May 2008 - 11:54 AM
|I also had the mini little air freshner spray things, and I know I found mine really handy, we used it several times for the washroom after somebody took a smelly poop|
Posted 01 May 2008 - 12:25 PM
It's an added expense and we're already giving out two wedding favors at our wedding, as well as cigars and flowers for each of the women that come. We anticipate about 80 guests. So far, 40 have booked and I ust mailed out half of my invitations yesterday.
I may just do something like a "welcome letter" with a mug or suntan lotion but probably nothing beyond that.
Posted 01 May 2008 - 02:12 PM
| Originally Posted by stefnicole |
Posted 02 May 2008 - 12:26 AM
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