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Some might think it's a waste of money... but I have decided that for me, it isn't a waste.  As long as I do them tastefully and try not to include what could be considered "junk". I am putting a lot of thought into each item. I think they will appreciate it. Same as everyone else - it's more than anything, a gesture to show your appreciation.

I travelled from Edmonton to Calgary last summer to attend my fiance's cousin's wedding.  When we checked into our hotel room, there was a gift bag waiting for us with a bottle of wine, 2 wine glasses, some munchies and a map to the church.  We thought it was such a nice gesture and just so thoughtful, and it was pretty much my inspiration to do these OOT bags!

When I think of items to put in the bags, I try to only include items that I would use/want myself... because if I would want them, chances are most would probably be able to put them to use as well.

Also, the OOT bags are basically our wedding favours.  (We are including custom drinking tumblers in them).

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I was not going to do OOT bags at the beginning. But then I thought we don't have many people coming, and I can put in things they would not think of (travel mugs, lanyards, etc), but not a bunch of extra stuff, and it won't be costly. I think people will really like it, and that we thought about them in this way. I don't know, It is obviously not necessary but I thought it was a good use of $150 out of our budget.

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We will be giving our bags away here before we leave and that might be a better idea if your mom-in-law is thinking it's a waste. I believe it really shows your appreciation to your guests. By putting in things like sunscreen, aloe, the advil and tums it shows that you want to ensure your guests are taken care of. It's thoughtful really.....

 

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From personal experience, I can tell you that I don't think it was a waste at all! Our guests really appreciated it. My mom just ran into one of our guest's  mothers at the bank the other day (I'm from a small town, originally - LOL), and she was talking about how her daughter was so appreciative of the bag and how thoughtful it was.  I've heard only good things and I know that the guests used the contents - I saw first hand! If you don't do them, no big deal. People certainly aren't expecting them. They are a nice idea, though!

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Originally Posted by Alysia85 View Post

 

Hey everyone,

 

I need some major help with this!!! I have a little over 3 months to get my OOT bags together... still some time but I need to get on top of it.

I think this idea is really fun and awesome... although i dont plan on travelling with 6 extra suitcases just for the OOT bags. I want to keep it VERY simple and basic.

 

My future mother in law has been really supportive with everything... but she doesnt get the point of the OOT bags. I was telling her about them and she said .. i dont think you need to do that... everyone would already be bringing that kind of stuff... no need to waste more time and money on that kind of junk.

 

So now i'm wondering... is she right? is there really a point to these and would our guests actually appreciate them????

 

I thought they were a great idea and just a little thank u and "just in case..." for our guests. I was thinking of placing them on the tables at our first group dinner.

And I wanted to include a short thank you note from my FI and I thanking everyone for coming and supporting us.

 

Thoughts or advice anyone??????????

 

 

 

 

 

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Thanks for the tip, Iâ€l keep my eyes open here in AB. 
 

Originally Posted by Allie2012 View Post

Hey Ladies, just a heads up - bubba kegs will be going on sale for 50% off at Canadian Tire this Friday. The sale price will be good through February 9th!



 

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Wow .. thank you everyone for the helpful advice! I really appreciate it.

I've decided that I'm definitely going to do them because as you al lhave said .. its just a really nice gesture and nice way to say thank you to all of our guests for travelling with us.

I think I'm going to do them in small gift bags with an ID holder, tums, aloe, deck of cards, a tenative itinerary of any events/excursions we plan for the week, a timeline for the wedding day.. and of course a welcome/thank you letter. Maybe throw one or two moe things in depending on what i can find for the price but we'll see. I think we'll hand them out at the  resort as well.. but we won't be seeing most of the guests before we travel so giving them out here isnt' really an option. I think we'll just have them set up at everyones place setting at our first dinner.

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Thanks for the heads up! I guess we might be heading to CT this weekend.
 

Originally Posted by Allie2012 View Post

Hey Ladies, just a heads up - bubba kegs will be going on sale for 50% off at Canadian Tire this Friday. The sale price will be good through February 9th!



 

 

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thanks for the notice! i need to pick up 2 more for some group additions! 

 

ALSO ladies, please note, if your nearest canadian tire (and there arent many more you can go to) doesnt have enough bubba mugs in stock, ask for a rain check! it is good for 30 days. I got a rain check after my 1st purchase because I had a feeling I would get some late book ins. keep it in mind!
 

Originally Posted by Allie2012 View Post

Hey Ladies, just a heads up - bubba kegs will be going on sale for 50% off at Canadian Tire this Friday. The sale price will be good through February 9th!



 

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I got an email from Vista Print today saying up to a 100% off on some items.

 

Some of the free items are:

 

100 standard post cards - Free

50 oversized postcards - Free

25 Brochures - Free

 

tons of other free itams and lots at 50% off!

 

 

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