We are doing bags per couple/family. Your fiance is right, most guys won't carry them! We are doing insulated mugs with everyones name on them, snack crackers for in the room in case they need a little snack, small bottles of Aloe Vera, a votive candle in a glass that says "Thank you for sharing in our special day", box of matches that says "Drew and Amy...a perfect match", a little fan for the day of the wedding, and gum. I've been to this resort and a few others before and these are all a must! They say no burning candles, but sometimes the humidity just gives the room a little smell, so the little candles are perfect! I got cheap stuff! Some people may want to do more than us, but I just wasn't going to put out a lot of extra money for stuff people may or may not use! The beach bags I got are from Oriental Trading, they were like $10/dozen. They are fun little bags! Perfect for the beach because they can get wet and sandy and it doesn't matter. People may take them home or could pitch them if they wanted...and since they were so cheap it doesn't matter to me! The insulated mugs I got from Dollar Tree (for $1 each), and wrote their names with puff paint. All of the women in pink like the girls will wear for the wedding, and all men in blue like the guys in the wedding as well. Went to WalMart for the match boxes which were like 97 cents for 8 mini packs with 32 matches in each pack. Made my own labels and glued them on. Was able to get good votive candles at Yankee Candles on sale. Absolutely love their candles! I got a lot of summery/beachy named candles. And the glass votive holders, I made my own labels for out of clear address labels that I typed on the computer. Cheap, easy, and fun. I'm all about DIY...adds a special touch for me! I've had a blast working on stuff for our guests and of course the wedding too! Hope all this helps!!
Originally Posted by cdlillad
I ended up paying for the trip of one of my friend's to be the supplemental photographer. My friend is not a professional photographer, but he has a nice camera. So I'm paying $714 for my friend's flight and 3 nights hotel and he will take pictures for free. I still want to use Arrecife for the ceremony, but I'm only planning to buy 75 from them instead of 140. I just can't justify spending that much for pictures and I want someone to take pictures of my dinner (cutting cake) and cocktail party (first dance). If I wanted Arrecife to take pictures at my dinner and cocktail party, that would be an additional $400 + $15 per picture.
I wasn't initially planning to do OOT bags, but I got inspired by so many great ideas on this forum. And the discussion on here lately really made me want to buy insulated mugs. I think have cold drinks is important! :-) Then I saw some totes I wanted, and my fiance started saying "what about the budget"...which we have already gone way over budget. But luckily my fiance pointed out that I shouldn't give a tote bag to each guest, I could give one to each couple/family. He said in general, guys don't carry beach bags. So what do you girls think about this? For those of you giving bags, are you giving it per person or per family?