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My OOT bags: what worked and what didn't

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#1 Mandy

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    Posted 28 May 2008 - 07:27 PM

    Since I'm now married, I thought it might be time to post my OOT bags.

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    Everyone used the bags on the beach, brought them to lunch, to the wedding, etc. They're from WalMart and cost $7.83.
    Most of the Imodium was used. Everyone got one full dose, so those who didn't need it passed it to those who did. The clever packaging came from Morgan. Her templates are posted under her planning blog.
    I'm not sure if anyone ate the snacks while there, but I think several were glad to have them for the plane ride home.
    I think everyone had forgotten chapstick (with SPF), so they were glad to have some in their bag.
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    The band-aids were a big hit. Almost everyone used at least one for blisters. One girl used 3 boxes!

    The coin purses were used quite a bit, as we had key cards for our rooms and no one had pockets in their swimsuits. Also great for money and credit cards.

    I didn't see anyone play with the cards, dominoes, or beach balls.

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    The motrin was used. I personally used the Shout wipes and hand sanitizer. I don't know about everyone else, but I would do it again just so I would have it!
    The resort had paper and pens in the rooms, so I doubt anyone used the post-its. I did use a few sheets to write reminders to DH to take my ring with him to his dad's room for the ceremony.
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    My wonderful mother made these welcome books. I don't know that everyone used them, but the ones who did actually knew the info everyone wanted to know. I referred to them all the time.
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    They included our logo:
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    Also included a welcome letter and map of the resort:
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    Mom also included a list of all the guests with how we knew them (e.g. Mandy's grandparents) and a blank to fill in their room numbers (by far my favorite and most used page!). We also had a schedule of events we had planned (then changed most of it once we got there!), puzzles, list of restaurants and times they were open, and the info for our photoshare website (Digital Photo Printing, Free Online Photo Albums & Digital Photo Sharing - Snapfish:).

    #2 Maura


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    Posted 28 May 2008 - 07:29 PM

    mandy! welcome back! ive been wondering about you the last few days! cant wait to see wedding pics and hear reviews!!!!! thanks for the info on what was used from your bags

    #3 azhuskergirl

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      Posted 28 May 2008 - 07:30 PM

      what a great idea to have the page to write in guest room numbers. Such a great tip!

      #4 ErinB


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        Posted 28 May 2008 - 07:32 PM

        Those were great bags! I LOVE the books your mom made! How many guests/bags did you do?

        I'm nearly finished with mine, with the exception of the "paperwork" stuff, schedules, photoshare, etc.

        Thanks for posting your tips. I was wondering if I should inlcude things like the coin purses and it sounds like they were a hit!

        #5 Yari

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          Posted 28 May 2008 - 07:37 PM

          Your bags are awesome! I also love the welcome books your mom made, so cute.

          #6 Mandy

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            Posted 28 May 2008 - 07:42 PM

            We made 9 bags, but the one for my MIL and SIL had an extra bag and chapstick, etc.

            I'm hoping that my mom might post some more details (or templates) of what went into the welcome books later (hint hint!). Thanks, Mom!

            #7 pryzeless

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              Posted 28 May 2008 - 08:12 PM

              Thanks so much for the info. I love those welcome books.

              #8 Chiquita

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                Posted 28 May 2008 - 08:13 PM

                Those look fantastic.. and good to know what was used and not etc.. :)

                #9 monicabrandon2008

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                  Posted 28 May 2008 - 08:16 PM

                  Your bags were great! I especially love the welcome books your Mom made.
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                  #10 SummerBeachBum

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                    Posted 28 May 2008 - 08:45 PM

                    Your mom did an excellent job on the welcome booklets. they are very cute. along with everything else!

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