Kristy, I definitely feel you on the costs adding up! My FI keeps pointing out that ironically if we had had the wedding at home, we possibly would have MADE money haha (cultural/social circle thing - everyone gives money!). We keep adding things too, and we haven't revisited the budget in a while, but we should probably do that soon eek. Our parents are both helping out with certain things though which is awesome - my parents paid for my dress and are paying for our videographer. His parents are paying for his suit and our photographer! So this has given us some money to spend on our guests. I haven't thought about a gift at all for them... we'll probably give them albums and a copy of our video after, but I don't think we're going to give them a gift at the wedding unless I can think of something or see something appropriate.
My plan is to keep the OOT bags pretty simple, and get A LOT from the dollar store. I'm also really good at finding sales. so I've been keeping track of prices of things to grab them when I see them on sale. i'm also going to try and get stuff that people will actually use. so I've thought about things I'd want to receive. And while some things are nice, stuff like sunscreen I'm sure everyone is going to bring. We're going to do the dollarama tumbler w/ davet sticker (and sippy cups w/ the same sticker for the kids), the wedding chicks bag, a simple hangover/emergency kit (advil, vitamin c packs, immodium, bandaids and some things like bobby pins, hair tiers and safety pins), a bath pouf and some type of snack. And a "getting lucky" kit for the singles haha. My maybes are fun things like chapstick, deck of cards, water guns. My mom can also order things like pashminas, hats or sunglasses at wholesale prices, so we might do something like that too. We also are bringing some stuff down that we are just going to share with the group instead of getting individuals. I got 2 boogey boards from Michaels for under $10 total which I think will be fun, and some floating things for the pool. We're also going to do fun stuff for the kids like colouring books, stickers,beach toys, etc. but these will all be from the dollar store.
We are going to do programs (probably program fans) and welcome booklets. A tip for a lot of you ladies that are good at the DIY is that you can find a lot of free templates for things online. I've found templates for program fans, menus,table numbers, signage, etc. So if you're not too picky on design, you can use the template and just pay for the printing costs which is pretty cheap. I'm the least DIY person, but I'm going to attempt it for these these things
For me, the big cost eater is decor. I am very picky and particular, and I want our wedding to be beautiful. Argh haha... pinterest effect. But I know this is something I need for myself to be nice. So I've been sourcing things online, and I'm going to bring a lot of stuff down myself. I'm shipping a ton to Buffalo, and will drive down one day to get everything at once and save on shipping