Originally Posted by CAmomofbride
While were waiting to see you're wedding pics, can you share some ideas of what you've planned for decorations, welcome bags, meal orders etc.
Thanks, still in the planning for Oct wedding and anxious to get things tied up!
Hey ladies! We just had our wedding down here in Mexico, where we happen to live. On multiple trips back home to Canada as well as one trip to the States, I was able to put some nice OOT bags together. Here's what we did for our Welcome Kits and Oh Shit! Kits:
16 oz Tumbler Mug with wedding logo - $3.75ea from DiscountMugs.com
Tote bag with wedding logo - Discount Mugs - $3.60ea from DiscountMugs.com
Notebook - handmade on brother-in-law's letterpress, took a very long time to make 80 of these but totally worth it! Check out our blog post on how we made them:
We used paper lunch bags to put our Oh Shit! Kits together. I again used hangtags from Staples and tea stained all of them. I used the alphabet stamps for the "Oh Shit! Kit" part and a potato stamp to make the red cross. I then used a sticker on the back (vintage travel themed) to close the bag and tied them closed with twine, and hung the tag on the twine.
We decided to buy our meds in bulk and divy them up ourselves once we were in Mexico. It saved a TON of money and didn't take that long to do. No one seemed to mind that the ibuprofens weren't in a sealed package. We made a little piece of paper with instructions for the diarrhea relief and ibuprofen.
Here's the list of contents:
1L Gatorade packs - purchased in Mexico at local grocery store - $0.65ea (1 per person)
Diarrhea relief - Costco in Canada - 168 tablets for $23, gave 2 per person for a cost of $0.30 per person
Ibuprofen - purchased from Costco in Canada - pack of 500 for $10, gave 6 per person for a cost of $0.12 per person
Tums - purchased from Walmart - packs of 3 for $2 which is $0.70 per roll (1 roll per bag)
Aloe Vera purchased from Avon.ca - $1.89ea (1 per bag)
Band Aids - on sale at Shopper's, 320 bandaids for $12, gave 6 per person at a cost of $0.25 per person
Gum - purchased at Sam's Club in Mexico - $0.40ea (1 pack per person)
Oh Shit! Kit cost:
per single person - $4.31
per couple - $6.03
Welcome Kit cost:
per single person - $13.65
per couple - $20.00
Total Cost of Entire Bag:
per single person - $17.96
per couple - $26.03
We had 70 guests total, half couples and half single people. In the end we spent just over $1000 on our Welcome Bags, but I think it was totally worth it. Everyone came from so far and it was great to show our appreciation for spending their time and money to come celebrate with us.
We received a ton of thank you's from everyone and I think mostly everything was used, especially the Oh Shit! Kits. People kept commenting on how useful and thoughtful everything was, which was nice! We saw lots of people using the tote bags, beer coozies and tumbler mugs. The best thing is that I'm sure people will use some of these things at home, such as the tote bag and the drink tumbler (coffee mug). We chose to not put our name and date on most items so that people would keep them for their everyday lives.
I hope this helps some of you for inspiration! Another idea is to hand as many Welcome Kits out at home before hand as you can. That way you don't have to pack them and people will know what extra things they have to pack, or don't have to pack!