Twisted Together: Welcome to Seattle

Over half of our wedding guests were from out of town. Over HALF! In addition, many of those guests had never visited Seattle before. Even though we couldn’t welcome each of them when they arrived, we did arrange for welcome bags to greet them when they checked in to their accommodations.

Mr P and I used our Gocco to screen-print a logo that we designed on .99 bags from Cheaptote.com.

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You can purchase special Gocco screens and ink for printing on fabric. I was surprised how easy it was.

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We filled the bags with snacks including locally produced Tim’s Chips and Oberto jerky, some crackers and Pretzel M&M’s (I couldn’t resist). I was skeptical that our guests would like the jerky but my P insisted. I had to eat my words later when numerous guests commented on the awesome jerky.

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Mama Pretzel and MOH Tig helped by putting our custom labels on water bottles. Our guests’ favorite item in the bag was easily the cedar grilling plank. These planks are perfect for grilling northwest salmon. We got a great deal on 12 packs of planks on Woot.com. The planks came out to be just a little more than $1 each. WOOT WOOT!

We also gave out guests an assortment of info on local attractions, maps, and some Boeing post cards and stickers.

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A surprisingly helpful item was these taxi cards that we printed for our guests.

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On one side it has the number of a reputable taxi company and on the other side it has a place for our guests to write the address of their hotel or rental house.

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We made a variation of these that included the address of our reception venue and had them available at the bar during the reception.

The response to our welcome bags was very positive. One of my aunts loved the cedar plank so much she contacted me about where to purchase more. For just a bit of effort, it really was a nice touch.

What sort of things would you like to see in an OOT bag?

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Mrs. Pretzel

Location:
Seattle
Wedding Date:
July 2010

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  1. Member
    pinky44 2262 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:06 pm

    Excellent job, Pretzel! You included some really awesome items.

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    jess 302 posts, Helper bee @ 4:13 pm

    Out-of-town bags are so thoughtful! I love how you personalized the outside of the bag as well! They turned out great! This gave me inspiration to get started on mine. : )

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    Laniefl624, Guest @ 4:20 pm

    I have a maybe stupid question…how are you gettin access to their hotel rooms before they check in? When we first thought of the idea, that was our biggest challenge.

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    jaguar 6146 posts, Bee Keeper @ 4:23 pm

    They look amazing – from the print on the outside right down to the goodies inside. I’ve never been an out of town guest which makes me sad.. I WANT A BAG. :D

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    pretzel 670 posts, Busy bee @ 4:23 pm

    @Laniefl624: I called ahead to the hotels where they were staying and buttered up the front desk staff. I delivered the bags to the front desk and they put a note on each of our guests reservations that they had an item to pick up at the front desk. It was easy and we didn’t have to gain access to their room. Different hotels have different policies so it is best to inquire before you put the effort in to make OOT bags.

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    Kate, Guest @ 4:33 pm

    I am just learning about the gocco and trying to decide which one to buy. Which one do you have that allowed you to print on fabric? Is that PG-11? Would you mind giving a few more details?

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    sweet_feet16 10 posts, Newbee @ 4:35 pm

    WOW! Those are great! I love the bags!

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    lullafly 27 posts, Newbee @ 4:35 pm

    What an awesome bag of goodies! Some of my guests are coming from out-of-state, so I may do this too. And I absolutely LOVE the idea of the taxi cards!

    Where did you get your gocco supplies from? I’ve always been interested in trying my hand at it, but I’m overwhelmed by the different types and suppliers.

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    PitBulLover 8411 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 4:36 pm

    Umm these are awesome!! Great work Mrs and Mr P!

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    Lo 538 posts, Busy bee @ 4:39 pm

    I am so excited for our OOT bags, just wish I had a Gocco because I would love to be able to print on the canvas bags instead I think we’ll have to go a cheaper route. Yours turned out soooo cute! Luckily both hotels were we blocked rooms said we can just drop off the bags a few days before and they will also tag guests so they can receive their bags at check in.

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 4:53 pm

    That plank looks really cool!

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    MsBrooklynA 3054 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:07 pm

    I love those bags and everything in them! the taxi card was an extra touch that I as a guest would really appreciate. So thoughtful you are!

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    eggsbenedict 347 posts, Helper bee @ 5:16 pm

    Those are awesome – I love the Seattle logo that you printed on the bags!

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    pretzel 670 posts, Busy bee @ 5:16 pm

    @lullafly: You can print on fabric using any of the Gocco models. When you print on fabric you actually only use the machine to burn your screen, then you use the screen directly on the fabric. The main difference in the models is that the PG10-SUPER (must be SUPER) or the PG 11 has a method to do registration which in my opinion is essential. See my post about registration: http://www.weddingbee.com/2009/11/23/a-gocco-tutorial-pretzel-style/

    @lullafly: I buy from a couple online spots and I also have a friend in Japan who has purchased things for me in the past too. I’ve had good luck with PrintAddictJapan on Etsy.

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    Wendy, Guest @ 5:40 pm

    I hope this isn’t too forward, but what was your budget for the bags and the filler items? I am trying to estimate the costs now to see if I can fit these in my budget.

    Thanks!!

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    alvina 807 posts, Busy bee @ 5:47 pm

    Loooooove your Seattle silhouette on the bags!! Super cute!

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    cardigan 8645 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 6:12 pm

    They look so amazing! Great job!

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    pretzel 670 posts, Busy bee @ 6:16 pm

    @Wendy:We didn’t really have a formal budget for this project. The bags were .99 each, the grilling planks ended up being about a dollar each. 2 cases of water were about $8 at Costco, where we also picked up the chips and snacks (lets say $40 total on those) The travel brochures and maps were free…

    I expect that we put these together for less than $150 and made about 30 of them (one per couple/family from OOT) So about $5 per bag?

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    Everdeen 3411 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:28 pm

    What are pretzel M&Ms? (I’m from Australia so we often don’t have the range of M&Ms that the US has)

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    Everdeen 3411 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:29 pm

    PS I want a bag too! :)

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    barrettes 913 posts, Busy bee @ 6:49 pm

    Cute tote! Great job with these, P, I’m sure your guests were thrilled to receive them.

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    neontl 1136 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:26 pm

    Mrs. Pretzel – tell me where you got those Seattle maps and brochures! We are putting together a bag for our OOT guest when they come to Seattle, and we want to get some!

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    biscuit 627 posts, Busy bee @ 9:15 pm

    Ahhhhh thanks so much for the bag tip! I wanted to Yudu our OOT bags but was having trouble finding inexpensive ones!

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    el0624 205 posts, Helper bee @ 11:59 pm

    Those taxi cards are a great idea! Awesome bags.

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    IvyClimb 2612 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:48 am

    These are great! We had Tim’s chips in our OOT bags as well.

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    Pincushion 1074 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:17 am

    Gah!! These are so awesome!! Love the bag, the food choices and the plank. Delicious and useful!

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    pretzel 670 posts, Busy bee @ 11:43 am

    If anyone is curious about the water bottle template- I modified Mrs Firefly’s template- you can find it here: http://www.weddingbee.com/2006/05/11/water-bottle-template/

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    sewing 2649 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:43 pm

    seriously awesome seattle bags! love love! your guests were lucky people!

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    missDNA 231 posts, Helper bee @ 8:01 pm

    Thanks for the bag website! I have been looking to find bags under a dollar and thought it was impossible!

    I also love the image you screened on there! SO awesome. I wish I had the time and money to figure out how to do something like that…

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    husky 1750 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:01 pm

    I should preface this comment by telling you I just watched Prince of Persia this weekend….

    But if I had a mystical dagger that could take me back in time to beg you for an invitation to your wedding, I would have used every last grain of sand.

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