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#1 niajs

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    Posted 06 September 2010 - 04:58 AM

    Hey ladies, I hope you can help me. We are getting married in Australia, but it will still be a traditional church ceremony with a sit down dinner reception in a hotel. Of the DWs I've read about, most seem to be where the guests would stay in the same hotel/resort as the bride and groom. Although we'll be suggesting a couple of hotels, some people will choose to stay with family/friends or in completely different hotels. Does anyone have any experience of having to ask guests for details of their accommodation and driving around lots of different hotels to distribute the bags? Is it all worth it?!



    #2 BethHeppert

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      Posted 06 September 2010 - 06:37 AM

      I do not have any experience with this but I think the OOT bags would still be worth it and very much appreciated. You can probably just drop them off at the front desk of the hotel and ask them to put it in there to make it less laborsome.

       

      As for finding out where they were staying, I think it's normal to follow up and request that information. Where in Australia are you getting married?



      #3 niajs

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        Posted 06 September 2010 - 07:38 AM

        Thanks Beth. We're getting married in Sydney, but in a rather strange suburb of the city, more like the business district, so not really where the touristy hotels are. The reason for this is because we're both Welsh and this is the church where the Welsh congregation of Sydney go.

         

        As soon as I decided to have a wedding abroad, I knew that OOT bags were something I really wanted to do. I guess FI will have to spend a day driving round delivering the bags!



        #4 SWallace

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          Posted 07 September 2010 - 06:54 PM

          I'm getting married in Mexico and have some guests that are staying in time shares and resorts other than the one we have booked for the wedding.  I am planning on delivering the OOT bags to the front desk of their hotels.  We ended up adding a line on our RSVP's that asked the guests to check the box if they were staying at the resort we made arrangements for everyone at.  If they were making their own accommodations, we asked that they include the info for that resort/timeshare. 

           

          I hope this helps!



          #5 niajs

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            Posted 08 September 2010 - 12:08 AM

            That's really helpful, thanks. I want the bags to be a surprise, but they're practically unheard of in the UK, so I don't think the guests will suspect anything if I ask them for details of their accommodation on the RSVP slip.



            #6 JanineA

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              Posted 08 September 2010 - 05:34 AM

              Do you plan on having any sort of welcome dinner or cocktails with all of your guests. Some ladies opt to give their bags out at their welcome dinner/cocktail hour since it is the one time that they will have all of their guests together other than at the wedding ceremony itself. Good luck!
               

              Originally Posted by niajs 

              Hey ladies, I hope you can help me. We are getting married in Australia, but it will still be a traditional church ceremony with a sit down dinner reception in a hotel. Of the DWs I've read about, most seem to be where the guests would stay in the same hotel/resort as the bride and groom. Although we'll be suggesting a couple of hotels, some people will choose to stay with family/friends or in completely different hotels. Does anyone have any experience of having to ask guests for details of their accommodation and driving around lots of different hotels to distribute the bags? Is it all worth it?!





              #7 niajs

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                Posted 08 September 2010 - 07:11 AM



                Originally Posted by JanineA 

                Do you plan on having any sort of welcome dinner or cocktails with all of your guests. Some ladies opt to give their bags out at their welcome dinner/cocktail hour since it is the one time that they will have all of their guests together other than at the wedding ceremony itself. Good luck!
                 


                 


                Thanks for the suggestion. We are planning on hiring out a bar on the night before the wedding and having a sort of pub quiz (as that's how we met). This will be optional though, so some people may not attend. We're not having a welcome dinner as such, as guests will be arriving throughout the week (although hopefully not too close to the wedding as they'll be too jet-lagged!). FI has a good friend in the city who I think has a car, so they can spend a day bonding and delivering the bags!
                 






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