I was struggling with the exact same thing last month so you are not alone! I wanted to keep the bags a surprise, but I didn't know if I would have time to get them assembled between our arrival and our Welcome Dinner (only about 2 hrs). I also thought that if we handed them out in advance they might not have the same impact as distributing to everyone at the resort!
So after a lot of debate with my FI, and one of my bridesmaids hitting me in the head, I decided to pre-assemble as much as possible at home and distribute when we arrive! My BM pointed out that although I wanted to keep things a secret, I was insane to try and do everything myself! After all, that's what my BM's are for! Soooo, I've had 2 of my BM's come over the past two weekends to help me pre-package everything. I bought really cheap candy bags and created a 'Wedding Week Survival Kit', 'Wedding Hangover Kit', 'Snack Attack Snack Pack', and a portfolio with all my misc. items. I'm also finding this easier to pack since everything is now the same size and lots of the bulky packaging is gone. When we arrive I'll grab my bridesmaids once again to throw one of each item and the travel mugs in each welcome bag! Hopefully this should go pretty quick with everyone helping.
Of course I couldn't let my bridesmaids miss out on the fun....so I made up some extra special bridesmaid goody bags that I will add to theirs! *mua ha ha*
I'll try and post some pictures later tonight of my finished OOT bags.
Originally Posted by MJKH
Sorry, I go back and forth between calling them oots/welcome bags/wedding survival kits...I lump all of the elements of the bag together at this point!
I know...I think we could go back and forth on the merits of both...especially when space is a concern travelling down...AND, other than my FI and the girls on BDW, nobody knows about our welcome bags...which is another decision i'm waffling on. Today I was thinking "ummm, are we crazy to think that between our arrival at the resort and suppertime, my FI and I can get all of the bags put together and distributed????" Maybe I need to get my BF on board too.
Is it just me or is everyone agonizing over decisions like these??? I'm driving myself crazy...123 days to go!