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Do you ever regret going cheap on the OOT bags themselves?

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#1 JHarwood2Be

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    Posted 10 December 2008 - 02:19 AM

    OMG, I cannot make a decision for the life of me! I'm looking at all the options for tote bags. I am wondering if you went cheap, were you satisfied with them or do you wish that you would have went with something a little bit more expensive?
    Thanks for the help!
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    #2 rodent


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      Posted 10 December 2008 - 02:35 AM

      i bought really cheap oriental trading bags. they were very lightweight & packed up small. they did the job too.

      I'm happy i went cheap. i use the leftovers pretty often & they hold up nicely.

      it would have been nice if they were large enough to make good shopping bags afterwards.

      #3 starchild



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        Posted 10 December 2008 - 03:06 AM

        I think I spent more on the screenprinting than I did on the bags, and the cheap bags were just fine. I got them from cheaptotes.com

        Also consider what logo/design you are putting on them. Only a few special people will carry a bag around in real life that says "mike & sally" (if they aren't Mike or Sally) but more people will use a bag post-wedding that is more generic or that doesn't have other people's names on them.

        In the end I say save where you can because everyone won't be using the bags after vacation.

        #4 Chiquita

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          Posted 10 December 2008 - 03:31 AM

          I also used Oriental Trading tote bags and they held up just fine.. I took mine to the beach quite a few times too.

          #5 JUSTUSTWO


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            Posted 10 December 2008 - 11:28 AM

            I am glad that I went cheap. I also got my bags from cheaptotes and was very happy with them. I also agree with Starchild in that some people are unlikely to use the bags again & again, especially if they have your personalized logo/monogram. So since I used a monogram, my thoughts were why spend so much $ on a higher quality bag that most people are unlikely to re-use!

            #6 trayce2222

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              Posted 10 December 2008 - 01:20 PM

              I got mine at Wal-Mart for $3 each on clearance! I saw a post on here about them....below are the pics. They are great and have lots of room.....I'm glad someone on here shared their great find....they are perfect for me and cheap!!!!
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              #7 boscobel

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                Posted 10 December 2008 - 01:22 PM

                I made my OOT bags myself, which was a fun but time consuming project. If I had to redo it, I am not sure I would bother. I def wouldn't have wasted so much time, money and space on the cheap fillers though. No one used anything that I put in there, except the kids used their buckets. No one used the big mugs or any of the other stuff. I wish I had not done them at all, or just made bags for them and that's it.

                #8 milejilo

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                  Posted 10 December 2008 - 02:25 PM

                  great question.... i'm not sure exactly what i'm going to do for the oot bags now.. it would be great if our guests could re-use it as a shopping bag. did all of you give the oot bags and a favor, or was the oot bag it?

                  #9 Duchess

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                    Posted 10 December 2008 - 02:57 PM

                    I did cheap bags too, natural color canvas, about $1.59 each. I am glad because people dont use totes that are monogramed usually after the wedding, well maybe parents would...but most wouldnt. I think it is just a vehicle to give the other gifts. The only regret I have is that we are ironing on our monogram, and it isnt the best to do that on canvas. Some turn out well, some seem not set all the way, and some seem a little burned under the monogram. But again, its just a way to give the gifts. I have seen some people do personalized paper bags, which is actually really cute too. So no, I don't have regrets either.

                    #10 tvt

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                      Posted 10 December 2008 - 11:24 PM

                      I did cheap bags, and I wish I would have spent a little more on them. We got bags from the dollar store. We didn't think people would use them. But a ton of our guests used the bags all week long, so I would have bought a little nicer of a bag had I know people would use them so much.

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