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#71 cdc150

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    Posted 25 July 2011 - 10:11 AM

    great find!



    #72 allbap

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      Posted 08 August 2011 - 03:59 AM

      I love these bags and everything is in my colors.

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      #73 letluva5412

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        Posted 11 August 2011 - 12:39 PM


        This is awesome.... You have everything I'd want to put in my OOT bag and did an awesome job putting it together! 

        Originally Posted by smikit 

        OOT Bags: We started planning months ahead of time with our OOT Bags because we wanted our guests to really have something special and useful. We didn’t really budget for them intensely but they turned out to be in the $45-50/bag ballpark. It was the first impression that our guests would get of what we were striving to make our wedding like: romantic, thoughtful, detail oriented. Throughout our stay we saw almost all of our guests utilize the contents of the bag. Most of the prep work was done at home and we left basic assembly for when we got there. It was easier to take an entire suitcase and fill it with all of the contents and to assemble at the resort. This was a great idea since my hubby helped with the process and took most of the pics you will see on here. Our theme was traditional wedding vows- we adhered these to each item type with blank hang tags that we found in Michael's and some natural raffia. The following are the contents of our bags and where you can find most of them:

        Large beach tote:  DSC04991.JPGDSC04977.JPG

        Inside each tote we had a mini craft caddy that doubled as a small tote- it was great because it has 4 little compartments and helped to organize our theme for the OOT bag. The mini craft caddy was from a company called Allary item number 1630: DSC04985.JPG

        The Vows-

        From this day forward- Magazines we purchased at Barnes & Nobles using a Groupon that we paid $10 to get $20 dollars worth of merchandise- we each had one so we got $40 worth of magazines. We had 11 guest rooms so all the ladies got a magazine that we thought would interest them: Elle, People, Us Weekly, Cooking Light, Food & Wine, Shape- this way they could also swap on the beach. Some of the men also got magazines: Forbes, Mens Health, GQ. We wanted to get a few more by interest: Yachts, Fishing, Poker- but the day we went to B&N they seemed to have a limited selection.

         

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        To have and to hold- Pashmina for ladies, Custom T-Shirt for men.  We are from NYC so we headed down to Chinatown to pick up our pashminas, we got something like 15 for 3 dollars a piece if not less.  I saw websites where you can get them for cheaper, but then shipping balances out the cost so I preferred to just go and get them. We got them all in bright, different colors that I thought would suit each woman’s particular personality. The one below is for my sister- she looks like a turquoise blue, and she loved it! The t-shirts we ordered in bulk from here:  217385_10150164022858580_590613579_6881690_3647526_n.jpgDSC04982.JPG

        For better, for worse- Shout wipes, travel sized Aloe vera, sunscreen. These can all be found in Target for approximately a dollar. We had issues in our Target because it may have been off season and we couldn’t find the Aloe Vera, so we ordered it online from: 216012_10150164022483580_590613579_6881682_5192473_n.jpg

        For richer, for poorer- We wanted to make this vow interactive and fun so we got 2 lucky 7’s lottery scratchers per room( we searched for a sun themed one that I have seen before but I couldn’t find it!) I put each scratcher inside a little clear pouch and threw in a penny that could be used for scratching. It was cute and fun and some of our guests were happy to have won a few dollars. We placed these inside one of the caddy pockets. The other caddy pocket had the for better for worse vow, the other one had in sickness and in health vow. The fourth pocket could be used to place an itinerary or note card.  See pic below-

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        In sickness and in health- these were an absolutely great touch to each tote and the most used item after the Aloe Vera. Its amazing but some people really do forget to take first aid kits and medical stuff when they are on vacation. We got these Johnson & Johnson first aid kits in Target for something like $1 each- they already included gauze, bandaids, alcohol pads and some other things. We added packets of Tylenol, Advil, Pepto Bismol, Mini Neosporin packets, and Lens Cleaners to each kit. In order to add to them you have to take the packaging off of the kit. I wish I had a better picture of these but see below:

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        In times of Plenty and in times of Want: We purchased medium sized clear pouches for this vow and filled each with an assortment of candy. Our group is big on Kit Kats so we had plenty of those, M&M’s, Hershey’s and some Twix. Even though it was all inclusive, sometimes your guests can get a sweet tooth for old favorites. I was thinking of going a tropical route and getting some Almond Mounds or whatever they are called (with the coconut) but our group doesn’t have big fans of those so I stayed clear. Ring Pops are also cute- but I knew my guests and couldn’t picture any sucking on ring pops…Anyway, here is a pic of these. I just threw them into the tote in no particular order:

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        To love and to Cherish: These were just a great find and I would have avoided them otherwise but we got a great deal. It was a weddingchannel.com deal where you can get 25 cameras for something like 2 dollars a piece with shipping. Regular price on them was like 4.50 each. They fit the vow so we just went with it although most people bring digital cameras. It was a good idea in theory because people are more likely to develop instant camera pictures than to have them sit on their computers for years without printing them. I like the idea of having a tangible photo. I’m not sure if they were actually utilized, but they made for great padding. We had two per bag. See pics:

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        Till death do us part or As long as we both shall live- We were torn on this one because the former is a bit morbid. The latter- I thought a life savor candy would be a good fit but we already had a pouch with candy so I just scrapped it. If you do go through with it- just stick it in the fourth compartment of the caddy and attach a hang tag…

        Contents of Main Mini Caddy Compartment: All of these were found in Target- Mini loufa in lime green or bright blue, Herbal Essences Coconut scented Shampoo and Conditioner, Banana Boat SPF 50 or 30 sunblock, Mini Mirror with pop out hair brush in blue, Dove cucumber Body Wash, Dove Cucumber deodarant for ladies, Axe Deodarant for Men, Gilette Shaving Cream Minis for men, (we bought a pack of 10 one time use razors for men- split the pack and put one in each tote), Q-tips, Colgate whitening toothpaste (smaller than regular size but not quite the smallest- also found in travel sized section in Target), Regular sized Soft Toothbrushes (colgate or crest) Pink/purple for each lady, Blue/Green for guys- so each bag got either 2 or 3 toothbrushes depending on who was staying in the room. Same with t-shirts and pashminas. We made sure everyone was accounted for.

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        When we got there we splayed everything out on the floor and started assembly. I folded all the shirts and pashminas at home and rolled them into tubes. I tied them together with the raffia and adhered the hang tag in my hotel room. This took a few minutes.

        We assembled the mini totes quickly and adhered all the tags in our room also. This probably could have been done back home, but I did write the vows out at home so that saved time... Hubby documented my progress so I could share it on here!

        We placed the caddy with the toiletries, first aid kit and lotto at the bottom, it was padding to fluff the bag. On the inside of the main beach tote we added the cameras and candy. On top of that went the Tshirt and Pashmina and behind that went the two magazines. For the two rooms we had with kids we also added coloring books and a box of Crayola crayons in each. 

        To the main handle of the large beach tote we added a luggage tag: Chrome heart luggage tag- that we found on amazon in bulk. These werent too pricey.

        Here is a pic of the final product- they look way better in person!!!

        We stuck a thank you card in the outside pocket of the large tote along with an envelope with the program for our wedding day.

         

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        Delivery: You have a few options on this one- you could leave the OOT's at the front desk at reception so when guests check in they get them. In our case we arrived on the same flight and at the same time as most of our guests so this wasnt feasible since i needed time to assemble. Hubby had a few bags delivered to the next door Majestic Colonial by slipping a bell boy a few dollars ( the concierge service at the majestic elegance club can also take care of this- just tip them!!) A few of the other bags we preferred to use the knock, run and hide method just to check out the expression on our guests faces. A few of the other bags we had placed in our guests rooms once we found out their arrival info and they were assigned rooms on the morning of their arrival. The bags were ready for them when they came in.

        Note: the stickers on the bag dont adhere too well to the bags- they stick but get loose after a little movement-- bring double sided tape since they are really pretty labels but can use a bit of help sticking.

         

        Hope this helped!



         


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        #74 beachbride312

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          Posted 29 August 2011 - 10:39 AM

          CAn someone give me a idea of welcome gifts for my guest. I wanted to do OOT bags but I really dont want to spend a lot of time or money on them. Any suggestions on something cute unique and CHEAP ???



          #75 redginger

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            Posted 29 August 2011 - 11:07 AM

            We can't afford to spend that much on OOT bags either, so we asked our hotel to purchase local candies and snacks for us -- which we'll put in the welcome bags when we arrive at our destination. It's so much more affordable and we don't have to carry all the stuff with us on the plane (except for the beach bags). And we know that our guests will enjoy trying the local foods!

             

            Originally Posted by beachbride312 

            CAn someone give me a idea of welcome gifts for my guest. I wanted to do OOT bags but I really dont want to spend a lot of time or money on them. Any suggestions on something cute unique and CHEAP ???



             



            #76 beachbride312

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              Posted 04 September 2011 - 08:15 AM

              Thanks Redginger! I'll have to talk to my hotel to see if they offer that service



              #77 DianaKeelon

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                Posted 06 September 2011 - 01:36 PM

                smikit, your bags are truly amazing, i love them!



                #78 Tekeya Thompson

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                  Posted 15 September 2011 - 03:43 PM

                  Hi ladies,

                  I am still planning my AHR, so I really hadn't had much time to put a real deal "planning thread" together but wanted to show you some of the things that I had or used for my wedding:

                   

                  Travel packets:

                  It included Jamaica guide, 2 luggage tags per person, excursions brochure, and the handmade invitations.  I sent these out 1 month prior to our departure

                   

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                  Welcome Bags:

                   

                  I had a Lot of goodies in my bags, and believe it or not, the guests used every bit of it.  I included a list of the items below.  Because some rooms had 2 -3 single folks and some rooms had couples, we had to do a lot of strategic planning on how we were going to organize the bags.  Gran Bahia did give each person who checked in their bag, so I didn't have to worry about going to each and every room.  We gave each person a cup, a rum cake, a lollipop towel, and room card necklace...but other items had to be 1 per room (all the items we put in the gable box). I had the rum cakes handmade by this local company in Atlanta and they were AWESOME!!!

                   

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                  Contents of Welcome Bags:

                  stadium cup

                  Homemade Rum Cakes from Rumtastic

                  Lollipop towels

                  Chapstick (with our wedding logo label on it)

                  Flip flop key chain

                  1st aid kit which I added advil, chaser, alka setzer, and pepto bismol tabs too. 

                  Bath and Body lotion

                  Moist wipes

                  Hand sanitizer

                  Room key lanyards

                  Travel tin scented candle

                  flip flop playing cards

                  M&Ms, reeces cups, and rice krispy treats

                  Gatorade

                   

                  I ordered the poly. tote bags and put our tags on that also.

                   

                  I used our logo for just about everything and ordered labels from Onlinelabels.com (they give you a free software for 3 months which made it easy to use.



                  #79 beachbride312

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                    Posted 16 September 2011 - 03:43 PM

                    Tekeya

                    I was wondering did the resort provide you with the Jamaica guide and the excursions brochure

                    If they did they charge you for them and if they didnt charge you for them

                    How would I go about to get them. Oh by theway I LOOOOOVE your bags



                    #80 beachbride312

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                      Posted 16 September 2011 - 03:50 PM

                      Ladies ,

                      I need you all to be completely HONEST do you all think its tacky if I use brown paper bags as my  OOT bag. I would add a ribbon on it and also have something written or a sticker on the sides. I saw one the other day and thought it would be inexpensive OTT bags? What you ladies think?






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