Wednesday, May 15, 2013

DIY: Guest OOT Bags

The title of this post may be a tad misleading--while I 100% DIY'd the guest welcome bags, I got the weekend itineraries printed through an awesome vendor on Etsy (more on that later).

For the bags, I wanted to provide travel-weary guests with a selection of sweet snacks, salty snacks, gum, Advil and bottled water.  To save on costs, couples will be getting one bag each (but extra goodies inside to share).  Originally I was going to order all the snacks through Minimus, a great site to order mini versions of all kinds of snacks.  That was until I was shopping at BJ's one day and realized I could get all the economy-sized snacks I needed there--the prices were cheaper and I wouldn't have to pay for shipping.

With that in mind, here is a list of my welcome bag purchases (and their prices) below.

All photos are personal.
  • 6 Baker's Dozen Medium Gift Bags: $6.99 each (Michaels)
  • 2 32-count Poland Spring Bottled Water: $5.99 each (BJs)
  • 2 24-count Welch's Fruit Snacks: $7.49 each (BJs)
  • 2 30-count Baked Lays Smart Mix: $11.99 each (BJs)
  • 2 30-count Right Bite 100 Calorie Snacks: $9.99 (BJs)
  • 2 40-count Doublemint Gum: $7.29 each (BJs)
  • 2 50-count Advil: $13.20 each (Amazon)
  • 100 Sheets of Teal Tissue Paper: $8.00 (Amazon)
      Grand Total: $161.90

Not too shabby!  As for the itineraries--I wasn't quite sure what I wanted the layout to be but I knew I wanted to include a ton of info including a welcome note, weekend schedule, important phone numbers, things to do and places to eat in Montreal.  I was browsing Etsy one day and came across a great shop called The Paper Proposal run by the fabulous Cristina.  She makes these great tiered itineraries that are small enough to fit in a purse.  I sent her my wedding colors and the information, and after a few revisions (she works with you until every proof is perfect), these beauties arrived in the mail.
Welcome note and 6 tiers of info
Helpful info for guests
Food, food and more food!
Fun things to do around town

These weren't cheap (about $3.54 each since I wanted an extra page) but I'm very pleased with them and I think our guests will find them helpful--which hopefully minimizes people calling us too much throughout the weekend (although on the Phone Number page I did specify "call anyone below, just not the bride!").

What are you including in your welcome bags?


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