OOT bags,... too much?
Posted 23 July 2008 - 11:35 PM
Posted 23 July 2008 - 11:44 PM
My FI has the same attitude as yours...apparently I was talking about OOT bags one night, in my sleep and he started a fight with me about it...even though, in my sleep, I was telling him that I am asleep. It was kind of comical, but still annoying.
Dollar tree has become my best friend LOL I got my totes on cheaptotes.com and paid .98 for them...iron on transfers were about $1 each...and a bunch of other things (most from the dollar tree). When it gets closer and we have a better count, we plan to put some slightly more expensive things (sarangs for ladies, bucket hats for me and maybe a tee shirt each...also, still on the fence about mugs) but that's if we have the funds...
150 INVITES / 6 YES / 13 NO
Posted 24 July 2008 - 12:49 AM
I haven't really set a budget, my parents are helping tons with shoving there CC in my face so thats been a huge blessing. I think after us being together for 11 years they're just happy to see us finally getting married!!
Like alot of girls have said, you can get nice paper gift bags cheap. I always check Target endcaps and find cheap gift bags for less then $1. Then just get some nice paper from Michaels or AC Moore and get crafty! I know I plan on making a nice folder and including maps of the boat, different things to do in Bermuda, plus a time line for the wedding day. Also a personalized thank you for each guest.
Its totally up to you how you would like to do them. If you have a strict budget then just stick to it. Anyone would be happy to receive anything from the bride and groom, it doesn't have to cost a fortune!!
Posted 24 July 2008 - 12:57 AM
I hope I do not offend anyone.
I personally do not really like the OOT bag thing. I want to do something for my guests to show my appreciation, so we are paying for them to attend a luau. I personally think that too much time and money is often spent on these bags that could be spent on something the guests might enjoy more. Again, I'm not trying to insult anyone and I know a lot of people like the OOT bags, but to me I just know that I wouldn't appreciate them very much if I were a guest. I would much rather enjoy some one on one time with the bride and groom or go for a pedicure with the girls- something like that. I honestly haven't seen anything in the bags that I wouldn't bring for myself anyways.
So I can see your FI's point of view because I also think that money could be spent differently.
But if they are really important to you then you should continue discussing it.
Posted 24 July 2008 - 02:39 AM
Posted 24 July 2008 - 07:46 AM
I am doing them, but only b/c I am having less than 20 guests and I caught a lot of bargains.
My advice would be to make a list of everything you want or would include in the bag, do a price estimate and see how it goes. Like the other posts said, stick to a budget of per bag. Another expense you have to take in consideration is how you're getting the bags to your destination. With these weight allowances chaning with the airlines, you may want to be leary of that fact as well.
In all honesty, guests can live with or without the bags, I just thought it was a nice, inexpensive, touch to show them my gratitude for traveling soo far for our special occassion :~)
Posted 24 July 2008 - 09:35 AM
At the same time, no one is expecting them either, so if you can't fit it into your budget, do not stress about it, you are the only one who knows about them, so no one will be upset if they don't get one. Does that make sense?
Posted 24 July 2008 - 09:47 AM
I agree that no one at all was expecting to receive anything, so you aren't obligated to do it, but it was a fun way to thank them for coming, and frankly we had more fun making the OOT bags than anything else we did for the wedding. Ours cost about $10 per person or $20 per bag.
Posted 24 July 2008 - 09:49 AM
Posted 24 July 2008 - 09:52 AM
Check the Dollar Stores and pick an amount you are going to spend. Luckily for us, we only have 20 bags to make - I ordered extras to give to family members who couldn't come.
Determine how many bags you will need to buy and if you buy a little at a time, it will not seem expensive at all. Oriental Trading has cute stuff too to put in your bags.
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