Ally - I made brochures, too, and had them printed free through Vistaprint - just had to pay shipping which was reasonable. I think you might even be able to design and upload to VP if you were interested - might save you some money versus buying the paper and ink for your own printer. Just a thought
Also, for the actual bags, we used drawstring mesh bags from Oriental Trading and luggage tags to know who to give each out to. We had looked at doing totes, too, and this wound up being more cost effective for us...and less effort, ha!
Ntlsnow - I did OOT bags for my wedding and insulated mugs and lanyard/keycard holders were the biggest hits, so I would definitely recommend including them.
Originally Posted by Dominican Ally
Kristina : Don't stress over not using a TA I'm sure that you're making a good choice! I think especially being from the US - you can get better deals dealing with the hotel for rooms, and airlines for flights. Many of the brides you see on here using TA's are likely from Canada (like me) where for whatever reason, we seem to get better deals doing packages, and it's fairly uncommon to book hotel/flights seperately.
We have a few from the US attending our wedding, and we aren't dealing with our TA for their travel. We have booked their rooms through the hotel, and they will look after their airfare with Jet Blue when flights are released/deals are out.
Ntlsnow: I am totally doing OOT bags, and brocures at some point I've started playing with publisher for a brochure, but really haven't gotten too into them yet. I want to do OOT bags - but have to wait to see how many guests book (or at least an approx. number) before I know what/how many of the different items to order. I am thinking of doing just a cheap tote bag and using an iron on transfer for our logo, or attaching tags. In them I want to put "bubba" kegs (insulated travel mugs), keycard holders/lanyards (I already ordered the inserts), a welcome brochure, thank you letter, a hangover/first aid kit with tylenol/immodium/etc., and other than that - I'm not too sure yet. I will be sticking to a budget with them, so I won't be putting a ton in them since the Bubba Kegs themselves are pricey enough.
Ladies: Thanks for the compliments on the barefoot sandals. These were a first try, but I think they at least turned out well enough that I've proven to myself that I can do them and don't have to order them online and pay WAY more I used some cheaper beads to start with, and I will experiment over the next year with some different styles to get better at it! I figure once I get really good, I'll buy some more expensive beads (swarovski crystal ones, etc) for my actual "bridal" ones.