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How many OOT bags are you making?

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#11 swankster77

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    Posted 14 April 2010 - 01:58 PM

    I am making 21 bags - we have 10 couples and 11 singles... the cost averaged about $20 per single and $25 per couple... not too bad! I am really happy with the decision to make them and I'm really excited for the guests to get them. My fiance, daugther, sister and I are all bringing an extra suitcase (2 total each) filled with OOT stuff. If I have to I'll give my mom some stuff to pack as well. We will have to pay about $150 to have the extra luggage. Oh well, I think it's worth it!

    #12 MDLady

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      Posted 14 April 2010 - 02:34 PM

      I was going to make 1 bag per couple but ended up buying individual items and would feel funny giving such small items to share. So I'm making 40! Most of the things are pretty light (mints, chapstick, playing cards, candy.. I will get water and little bottles of aloe on the island). I did order puzzle/crossword books which turned out to be bigger than I thought and weigh a LOT so I think I will just return them. If I can get the box to the post office haha.

      I would leave the heavier stuff at home or try to buy it on location. Ask someone local about it (for example, my photographer mentioned that there is an aloe plant in Aruba so she can get it for us at wholesale price). There is already so much to bring just for getting dressed alone, I'm trying to minimize the weight/volume of the luggage. My family will also be carrying some stuff, wrapped, so they won't know what's inside

      #13 nikkimadril

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        Posted 20 April 2010 - 07:57 PM

        Originally Posted by Thomasjsgirl
        Have you checked with the WC at Dreams to make sure it's safe to do this? I contemplated doing this as well, but my WC talked me out of it. We got married at Dreams in Punta Cana, and apparently the postal service is less than stellar ... things go missing ... hmmm.
        Hmmm..had not heard anything about that. Here is what I found on the web site;

        Dreams Riviera Cancun highly recommends that all additional decorations and/or favors be brought with the couple on the plane.
        If it is necessary to ship boxes prior to the couples arrival, we suggest using either FEDEX or UPS and shipping everything a month and a
        half in advance to ensure all boxes clear customs.
        • Please be advised that food, animals, insects or natural flowers are not permitted to enter Mexico.
        • Label all boxes with your name and clearly specify the date you will be arriving.

        Now I'm nervous!

        #14 JanineA

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          Posted 21 April 2010 - 10:11 AM

          I'm making one bag per couple and one for the singles. I'm not sure total but I am expecting to make 40 bags. My cousin will be flying down from NY and flying with us so we can distribute all the stuff that needs to go through out 3 suitecases (mine, FI and cousin).

          #15 affiwin

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            Posted 21 April 2010 - 10:35 AM

            Now that you have asked the question I had to check and I'm going to be making a total of 100!!! Yes that is a large number but we are somehow having a large destination wedding. So couples will get one bag with enough stuff for two people to share and singles will get one each. I'm actually considering gable boxes suggested by a few other brides on another forum versus bags. I'm excited to make them but have to figure out what's going in them cos it'll start to add up in cost and in weight.

            #16 KGirl99

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              Posted 12 May 2010 - 01:26 AM

              Some of my guests will be actually bringing their kids with them. I am doing 1 OOT bag couple and 2 OOT bags per family.

              #17 Gazziegirl

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                Posted 12 May 2010 - 08:23 AM

                I have 15 bags and 18 towels and all items for the bags. I managed to get everything in 2 big luggages and they weight 47 each. I got the space saver bags and that helped so much for the welcome bags and towels. It was 1/2 the space using these space saver bags. Here are what they look like...
                spaces_saver_bags : Target Search Results

                #18 Ashley*

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                  Posted 12 May 2010 - 08:46 AM

                  good idea on the space saver bags! Also, thanks for the mimimus note, that's going to save a ton of $$! Thanks to you both!
                  Dreams Los Cabos is where I'll be on four twenty-three, 2011.

                  #19 hat0112

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                    Posted 13 May 2010 - 01:48 PM

                    We are making 10 OOT bags. One per couple and one for singles. I plan on spending less than $15 per bag (haven’t started buying yet so we’ll see how that goes :) ). I am not planning on bringing a lot of extra decorations so I think we will be able to put everything in one suitcase, but my FI, parents and brother can always bring an extra luggage bag if needed.
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                    #20 chan_porty

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                      Posted 13 May 2010 - 02:13 PM

                      I have over 50 people coming to my wedding and we are on an extremely tight budget so I was considering not making any OOT bags...I might just have a welcome letter...Is this OK?

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