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My OOT Bags~ the big hits and the things that weren't used

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We checked 4 bags and 2 of them were OOT bags.  we had lots of stuff, plus I assembled at home, which is less efficient packing wise (I didn't nest my cups) but way easer for a quick hand out when we got to hotel.   I also tied red ribbons on the ones for couples (2 cups) and blue ribbon for the single (1 cup) bags.   I think the cups and the bags themselves were the most used. The drugs (pepto, advil, tums) and first aid kit were close second.  the tide white sticks were also used allot.  I saw allot of door hangers, and room key holders too.  the playing cards were not really used, but we were blessed with good weather. 

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I'd love to do the tumblers, but space is a concern for me. I also heard from a few brides that they weren't used during the week.

I think any OOT item is a hit and miss. My tumblers were used but I know others weren't.

 

 

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Hi All - 

 

Just returned from our wedding and the OOT were a huge hit!  Guests found them totally thoughtful and useful: 

 

Tote Bags - waterproof on the inside and we did not put our name on them. Guests thanked us for not doing so because they loved the bags & would use them again since they looked more like a souvenir.

 

Recovery Kits - found totally cute muslin "In Sickness & In Health" recovery kit bags and filled them with advil packets, alka seltzer packets, emergen c packets, band-aids, neo-on-the go (neosporin packets) and dramamine packets (since we were doing a catamaran/snorkeling cruise the day after the wedding).  Several guests said they made great use between hang overs and random scrape/burn mishaps.

 

Bug Spray - ordered large bottles of Skin So Soft and filled mini bottles with them and made a custom label to match our tote bags, table numbers, invitations etc.. that let guests know it was insect repellent. Guests loved this because some of us (self included) were bitten upon arrival at the resort.

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@ - i took mine to show customs that no individual item was over $300(except my OOT bags) so they didn't think I was bringing samples for retail sale and not claiming them etc... and as evidence it was for a wedding. I even took an extra invite just in case as added proof LOL

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@@calgarybride2015

 

probably a very dumb question but why does one need to keep receipts of items purchased in Canada to cross into mexico? :)

Like girlinthecity said -- you can only bring so much stuff into Mexico above your personal items. You can be taxed on anything over that amount. So it's best to have receipts and proof of your wedding. Sometimes they think you may try to sell them to locals, etc. I didn't need mine - thank god - but some do :)

 

I didn't bring an invite. I brought my contract and guest list. I also had emails pertaining to certain quotes I received incase they tried to change prices on me :) this also was a job issue for us.

 

 

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Hi Ladies! I know tumblers have been discussed on here 1000 times, but I think we are going to scrap that idea and go with something else now. The question is... what else could we put in our bags to take the place of the tumblers, which were going to be a "nicer" gift. We decided to go with something else only because we don't think a lot of our guests would make use of the tumblers, or at least not enough to make it worth the purchase. (Of course, you're never going to get everyone to use everything you put in there.)

 

We already have the following for our bags, plus custom paper fans for the ceremony and custom maracas for the reception:

 

Thank you card
Custom Tote bags (from Wedding Chicks)
Custom Do Not Disturb signs
Flip-flop Bottle Openers
Hangover Kit Bags
Mini Aloe
Mini Sunscreen
Lip Balm (homemade)
Thank you sand jars (made by my mom)
Ibuprofen
Pepto Bismol
Tums
Gatorade Powder Sticks
Portable Individual Fans (battery operated)
 
We'd rather spend money on something useful, as opposed to something that we just know our group wouldn't benefit from (e.g. inexpensive sunglasses, etc.). It does not have to be something that's customized either.

Any items that really surprised or impressed your guests? I'm all ears!
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Hmm we are doing custom koozies that say 2 less fish in the sea... But we're not at an AI. We are giving people Mini loofahs ( I always travel w one bc abroad it's sometimes hard to even find washclothes) . We are doing packs of gum, custom playing cards. I heard some people doing pashminas or water proof cases to hold room key etc . Towel clips? I know inexpensive sunglasses might not sound great but I thought they'd be useful for people that don't think ahead/break their one pair/ don't want to wear nice ones on boat etc

 

You can always put some money towards an excursion . Hope this helps

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I remember some talk about people getting insect repellent wipes.  Can anyone share where they purchased these?  All I'm finding on amazon has deet and I think that's a bit much for this trip.  I'd prefer to get deet free wipes.  Thanks!

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