sounds awesome Peach! and i LOVE vistaprint as well!!!
Originally Posted by Peach
It is great to hear so many different perspectives on this.
We originally were going to do disposable underwater cameras and a bubba keg in a little bag.
So, originally, we were just going to do a favour... then we discovered vistaprint.
So, we have vistaprint bags, with a few small items (caps, pens, keychains) and a welcome booklet (passport style). That is one per room. But then we also got bubba kegs (one per person), which was our original plan, and we actually lucked out and stumbled across a clearance sale for mini video cameras. Whew.
At least all of the items from vistaprint were free - including free shipping, or $1 shipping.
We are sending out a brochure with a couple (free) luggage tags pre travel.
We are not doing favours in addition to this.
The moms and bridal party are getting extra things in their bags too.
I still would love to do a disposable underwater camera, but we just do not have extra money. I think maybe I will give one to each of my brothers, since they will probably help out, but not actually be in the wedding party. Plus, then my family could borrow them. FI's parents have an actual underwater camera.
We also talked about taking people on an excursion instead, but could not think of one they all would like.
I should say, we have a small group, and most of the people coming are immediate family. So we feel good about spoiling them a little. Plus we are not spending any money on decor or anything like that. And we are going to try to hand this all out the night before we leave (we will all have to stay in Calgary I think to catch the plane; none of us live there) with the exception of FI's best man (flying in separately) and his parents (will be there the week before us). So we really do not have to pack too much along.
I did throw in some SPF lip chap, but no real first aid items. I keep thinking about it, but really, they all travel a lot, so they will probably bring that stuff anyway. And I am including a packing list in the pre-travel brochure, so I can be sure to include that there.
I do think it is important to give people something, but what that something is depends on the number of people in your group, their travelling experience, where you are going, and your own financial abilities. NO ONE is expecting getting all of this. FI's parents know people are getting something, but they do not know to what extent. Hopefully everyone appreciates them!