Itâ€™s finally time to post my welcome bags - why do we still call them OOT bags when everyone is OOT at a destination wedding J This project has morphed since I started wedding planning 10 months ago â€“ adding and subtracting items, spending more and more money, etc. There were just so many great ideas on BDW but I really had to stop and think about what I wanted. Our event is only a 3-4 day weekend trip and itâ€™s not an all-inclusive so that was my first way to narrow it down â€“ no rainy day back up plans and no drink containers/tip carriers. I also was very conscious about making the items gender neutral so everyone could enjoy them. And lastly, I wanted it to be easily packable â€“ I attending an out of town wedding where the favors were these cute tea light lanterns but my suitcase was so full I couldnâ€™t pack them. All my welcome bag items will either be consumed on premises or packed flat.
So here goesâ€¦first the bag. I started out the same as the other BDW brides and thought I would use Vista Print for everything. I ordered 2 sample bags with free promos and they are OK but on the small side. I decided I wanted to do actual beach bags and since Iâ€™m not making that many I figured I could splurge a little here â€“ give the guests something they will really use again. I am using the 2 vista print totes for the kids so they arenâ€™t going to waste. I was going to do the traditional boat tote but then this striped bag kept popping up in my on-line searches and I fell in love. They are 100% cotton canvas with a zipper closure. I kept seeing them as bridesmaid gifts but they are also used for corporate promotions so the guys should like them too. I ordered them through Motivators.com and they were a pleasure to deal with. I designed the logo myself (for those of you who have seen my other posts, youâ€™ll recognize my palm tree). The bags are large and good quality. I wish they had an inside pocket, but the 2 outside ones are really deep. Iâ€™ve already been using mine at the pool and beach.
I made the tags in Word, printed them on cardstock, glued them to colored cardstock and tied the ribbon â€“ all supplies left over from other projects. Since I was trying to get things done early I had these printed before I knew my guests so I just handwrote their names in later. I tried uploading the template but the format and font is all messed up becasue I'm a different computer.
For the contents, I didnâ€™t want to throw things in haphazardly since the bags are pretty large. I decided I would divide the stuff up into smaller baggies and use wedding vows as the theme. I made the labels really early so youâ€™ll see itâ€™s a little different than my later DIY projects once I found my official â€œtree.â€ Here is everything thatâ€™s inside:
Welcome brochure - welcome note from B&G, itinerary, guest list, things to do, fun facts about Bahamas, photoshare info, how to contact B&G, direction to wedding site. All the typical stuff. See separate thread for details.
â€œFor Better or for Worseâ€ â€“ tissues, shout wipes, toothpicks, mints, sunscreen, aloe â€“ the standard BDW stuff. Sure guests probably wonâ€™t need some of this but itâ€™s so darned cute. See separate thread on toothpicks. I donâ€™t have a thread on the mint books, but I got that template from another BDW bride.
â€œTo Have and to Holdâ€ - these are the actual gifts for the guests (weâ€™re not doing favors at the wedding since there is quite a bit in here) â€“ iPod travel speakers, monogrammed baseball hats, magnets, keychain, Life is Good sticker and CD of some of our favorite wedding songs. I know, I know, CDs are so yesterday, but giving everyone an iPOD shuffle wasnâ€™t in the budget. It didnâ€™t cost anything and people can upload it into their iTunes account. We had stacks of CDs and labels at work that no one uses anymore (we all use USBs now). I created the label in Publisher using one of their predesigned formats. The only expense was for sleeves since I didnâ€™t want to deal with cracked jewel cases. The magnets and key chains are DIY and speakers and stickers are store bought. I had the hats done at a local embroidery shop but designed them myself.
â€œAs Long as You Shall be Hungryâ€ â€“ snack items to be purchased in Bahamas â€“ pretzels, nuts, cookies, chocolates, etc. For demonstration purposes I just used stuff around the house.
For the kids bags there is an underwater camera, Trader Joeâ€™s Snaquariums (seems appropriate for our location), marine coloring kit (not pictured here - they must be buried in with other stuff), water and the same hat as the adults. When we pick up the food in the Bahamas Iâ€™ll look for some beach toys to stick in there too.
Thatâ€™s everything, and as usual, my posting is super long. Now, to pack it all upâ€¦..we leave in 6 days!