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Oot bags - avoids? $$$$

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#1 omsampad

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    Posted 30 April 2010 - 05:01 AM

    My budget for the OOT bags are getting out of control. How much have you guys spent on your OOT per bag?

    What are unnecessary in an OOT bag?


    #2 affiwin

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      Posted 30 April 2010 - 05:14 AM

      Trying to sort out my list now actually. I have 100 to do as we're having a pretty large wedding. Trying to control my excitement about all that could go in them.

      #3 omsampad

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        Posted 30 April 2010 - 08:59 AM

        100 bags!!! Good for you!! How much is your budget per OOT bag?

        Mine was suppose to be $20 and now have doubled it per bag =<... won't be as big as yours.. only 30.

        #4 MDLady

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          Posted 30 April 2010 - 11:54 AM

          I will have about 45 bags that came out to be $10-12 per bag so far. I am also getting a few things for the ceremony and 2 favors. My bag includes:
          - lip balm w/ sun screen
          - mentos gum mini bottles
          - bottle of water
          - candy
          - cookies
          - miniature playing cards
          - pepto
          - rolaids
          - aspirin
          - wet ones wipes
          - aloe after sun lotion

          I was trying to avoid anything big and bulky so I got everything in packs.

          $40/bag seems a big high but it depends on what you want to give to your guests and what your budget is. Good luck!

          #5 Jennybell1

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            Posted 30 April 2010 - 12:10 PM

            I think it depends on how many people and or bags you need to make. If I had to make 50+ bags I would def be keeping the OOT contents to a minimum and try to keep each bag under the $15 mark.

            I have 15 bags for the adults and 3 kids bags, so I have spent more bc I dont have a whole lot of them. I think I have spent approx $25-$30 per bag. I havent gotten an exact amount yet, but just adding it up in my head - that is where my bags sit at right now. I am having to buy a few more pahmina's as I dont have enough and still waiting on my key card holders, but other then that I think I am done mine. I havent decided if I am going to put a little bag of cookies of something along those lines in there yet, but if I d, that will be it.

            I hope that helps!

            #6 btn1091

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              Posted 30 April 2010 - 12:12 PM

              My guests absolutely LOVED the personalized insulated travel mugs, almost every guest used them all the time! The guys loved that they could get larger beers and that they did a good job keeping them cool! This by far was my smartest and most appreciated OOT gift!!
              I purchased my mugs from discountmugs and they turned out perfect!!

              #7 Ayita

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                Posted 30 April 2010 - 02:41 PM

                I have spent about 20$ per bag.

                There are no "MUST HAVE" items in a bag - remember that it's a gift and most guests won't actually expect it. So you put whatever you want in them. For instance, I did not do any special gift (no mug or else), I just included stuff that I thought would be useful - welcome booklets, "survival" kits (ie medecine I thought would be useful), pens (personalized, see at Oriental Trading they are very affordable) and post its (for doors messages), water guns (for fun !), spanish phrase books, and the favor I had picked (which was plantable paper). everybody was really happy with that (and everybody actually used the medicine).

                There's a master list available in here :


                #8 omsampad

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                  Posted 01 May 2010 - 01:54 AM

                  Thanks for all the great tip guys!!!

                  What's your top 5 "HIT" with OOT items?

                  Top 5 "NOT POPULAR" with OOT items?

                  currently.. My list includes
                  Tote Bag
                  Silk Fan
                  20z Cup
                  Spanish Phrasebook
                  Waterproof Card Holder/Pouch

                  Planning to get little things, but which are the ones people will use more? Survival kit?

                  #9 Sheree10

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                    Posted 01 May 2010 - 11:16 AM

                    I suggest that you keep it simple and get things your guests will use.

                    Here are a few things I will include:
                    welcome to aruba booklet
                    2 snacks: fruit snacks, granola bars, peanuts, pretzels, cookies
                    off wipes( insect repellant)
                    wet ones( or hand sanitizer)
                    individual tissue packs
                    water? -pick up when we arrive

                    I found cute/inexpensive white pastic bags that will fit my welcome book and the other items.
                    White Plastic Bags

                    I was also thinking about putting the stuff in a white gable box.

                    I don't want to pack too many bulky items that may get messed up during the travel. I was planning on using my carry-on for all of my oot supplies. I haven't bought anything for the bags yet. I will wait until 2 weeks before to see how much space I have in my luggage and go from there.

                    BRIDE + GROOM + 60 GUESTS!!

                    #10 Eliana

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                      Posted 01 May 2010 - 11:32 AM

                      I'm spending $16 per room, that's what's on my budget and I'm planning to stay on track with my spending.. It is easy to add this here and something else there and end up speding $50 per bag! If I had more $$$ I would, but I only have $16 per bag! lol
                      I found great cheap bags made of Jute plant fiber on sale for $1 (original price $5.99)and having spent only that on the bags I have plenty of extra money for things to put in the bags! Here's the link with bag's*PICS*.


                      Inside the bags (items still TBD) but so far I though of:
                      * Personalized water (get the water there, I will bring the labels from home to put on them)
                      * $0.99 first aid kit
                      * small insect repellant (I'm pretty sure most of my guests will forget to bring this!)
                      * small hand sanitizer
                      * etc. etc...

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