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#1 Paula0509

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    Posted 14 March 2009 - 09:26 PM

    Hi,

    Has anyone used/considered using hotel gift cards (ie Marriott/Hilton, etc.) as part of what they plan to put in their OOT gift bag? We'll attach a little note with the card saying it's a little something they can put towards meals, drinks, spa services, etc.

    Our hotel is not all-inclusive, and knowing that our guests are spending a good amount of money to be at our wedding, I was thinking it may be nice to give them a gift card to use at the hotel for whatever they like.

    I think we would also put things like bottled water, advil, etc. in bags along with the gift cards, but I figured people may prefer that as opposed to things they may not use, or may not have room to pack in their suitcases?

    Is this tacky? Do think this would be appreciated, or would people view this as sort of awkward??

    We are having 75 people at our wedding, so the gift card wouldn't be for a lot of money - maybe $15-20 per couple? (enough for 2 drinks by the pool...)

    Again, I'm mostly worried about the "tacky" factor here...Please help!

    #2 big3n09

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      Posted 14 March 2009 - 09:53 PM

      I don't think it's tacky and I understand and agree with why you want to give them. It's too expensive for me but I think it's nice and people will appreciate it.
      4/1/11 in St. Kitts at the Marriott I married my best-friend!!!

      #3 scottgm2

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        Posted 14 March 2009 - 10:19 PM

        That's a nice idea. Don't know if we could afford it but I like the water and advil item for the gift baskets.

        #4 Paula0509

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          Posted 14 March 2009 - 10:21 PM

          Thanks for your response! Actually, that brings up a good point....what do you think would be the minimum for a gift card to make it worthwhile to guests? In a perfect world, I'd love to do $15-20 cards per couple, but I don't know if that will be feasible. Would $10 be too little though? If included with other little things in the gift bags (water bottle, mini-sunscreen packet, advil, etc.)

          #5 Betsy

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            Posted 14 March 2009 - 10:28 PM

            I think a $10 gift card would be just fine, it is a very nice gesture and I'm sure your guests would appreciate it! I definitly think you could include a nice note too letting them know what its for along w/ the other little things.

            #6 JaimeLynne

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              Posted 14 March 2009 - 10:51 PM

              I think that is a very generous gift! I know I would love to receive that

              I'd put a note with it saying "this is for a drink of your choice by the pool!" or something like that. I'm sure it will be VERY appreciated!! Maybe you could even work with the hotel and ask how much it would be for a group rate of these... maybe they will sell you drink tickets specifically or something like that. This might work out in everyone's favor - that way there wouldn't be like, say, $2 wasted on the gift card if the drink only cost $8.... does that make sense

              Anyways, think it is a wonderful and thoughtful idea if you can afford it!!! :)

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              We had 24 people attend our wedding in Las Caletas, Mexico on May 24th, 2009!

              We all stayed at The Marriott in P.V., and Honeymooned at The Royal Plantation in Ochos Rios, Jamaica!


              #7 Paula0509

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                Posted 15 March 2009 - 09:33 AM

                Quote:
                Originally Posted by JaimeLynne
                I think that is a very generous gift! I know I would love to receive that

                I'd put a note with it saying "this is for a drink of your choice by the pool!" or something like that. I'm sure it will be VERY appreciated!! Maybe you could even work with the hotel and ask how much it would be for a group rate of these... maybe they will sell you drink tickets specifically or something like that. This might work out in everyone's favor - that way there wouldn't be like, say, $2 wasted on the gift card if the drink only cost $8.... does that make sense

                Anyways, think it is a wonderful and thoughtful idea if you can afford it!!! :)
                What a great idea -- I'll definitely ask the hotel about this. Thank you!!

                We're waiting to see how some other expenses net out to see if this is something we can afford to do, but I'm really hoping it works out!

                Thanks for all of the great feedback, ladies! :)

                #8 merocket59

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                  Posted 15 March 2009 - 11:09 AM

                  That is a great idea and I'm sure it will be appreciated by guests, it means a free drink! My guests are getting an onboard credit for our cruise wedding, they were an incentive for group booking but are still very much appreciated by our guests!

                  #9 Starlett

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                    Posted 22 March 2009 - 02:40 PM

                    WOW you are generous. Your guest will appreciate anything you give them. Heck it's free so they shouldn't complain. I agree with the posts. $10 is wonderful and a note will be nice.

                    Thanks for being thoughtful to your guests. Most people wouldn't even think of it. I've been to many out of town weddings and none had the OOT bags. You rock!

                    #10 cougs

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                      Posted 22 March 2009 - 02:47 PM

                      i know i would like it if i was going to a hotel that wasn't all-inclusive!




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