Last Minute Details

Other Bees (like Hawk, recently) have gone into detail on bathroom baskets and there are plenty of tutorials on out of town bags, so I decided to combine these “last minute details” into a single post.

Despite collecting materials for weeks beforehand, both these details were truly pulled together in the final days before the wedding. I kept reminding myself that they were “nice to haves” not “need to haves”, which kept it pretty light.

First up…bathroom baskets.

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Male version on the left, female version on the right

I have been a frequent user of bathroom baskets and often check out the “stash” when I arrive at weddings. From band-aids to bobby pins, tic tacs to (ahem) tampons, these goodies have definitely saved me in a pinch. I felt like I needed to pay it forward…

The baskets came from a shower gift and Turkey Mom, threaded with ribbon from Williams-Sonoma gifts (it coordinated so nicely!) and another shower gift (thanks for using our wedding colors, Aunt P). Since there weren’t likely to be men in the women’s room (or vice versa), matching was not critical.

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Up close view of men’s basket

In the men’s room basket: band-aids, comb, cough drops, gum, hair gel, ibuprofen, lint remover, Listerine strips, lotion, mints, mouthwash, Pepto, Purell and tissues.

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Women’s basket

In the ladies’ room basket: band-aids, bobby pins, combs, cough drops, gum, hairspray, hand sanitizer, ibuprofen, lint remover, Listerine strips, lotion, mints, mouthwash, Pepto and tissues. I then put one final product in the basket (after I took the picture).

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I think our stiletto wearing guests will appreciate the addition

And now…(out of town) guest bags!

Out of our final guest count of 184, we had 124 guests staying in hotels (67%!). So, just like our desire to ensure they had plenty to occupy their time during Saturday day, we wanted to make sure our guests had enough snacks!

I will preface this by saying we probably went overboard with the out of town bags. However, after 32 weddings, we’ve seen a range of goodie bags. And, more times than I care to admit, Mr. Turkey and I were forced to fight over a granola bar. Therefore, we took a radical approach in the opposite direction.

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We bought snacks…
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some water (6 feet worth)…
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and a WHOLE LOT of TastyKakes (imagine the looks I got when checking out)

We were going for Philly (area) snack themed bags so we stuffed them full of Utz chips, Snyder pretzels, and TastyKakes. Yummy!

Going with our wedding colors, we purchased navy bags from Dollar Tree, white & green curling ribbon and white & green tissue paper. Two Paperdolls then created a sticker that re-used the “logo” from our Save the Dates.

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Close up of the sticker

Using a “loose” assembly line system, we filled the bags with all the goodies, which pretty much took over the floor of our living room.

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On the plus side, the scores of bags did give me an excuse not to vacuum

So, what did we put inside?

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Mid day / late night snacks for EVERYONE!!!

We tried to mix in salty AND sweet, plus a possible breakfast option with the granola bars. For rooms with more than 2 people, we included a second bag (wanted to ensure everyone had water, at least).

You can also see our welcome booklet in the mix. I’ll save that for its own post, but we worked very hard on this with Two Paperdolls and it included material we put on our website…plus some extras!

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A close-up of the booklet – so excited to share its contents!

We were very happy with how the bags all came together and hope that our guests enjoyed their snacks and the information about Philadelphia!

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Finished bag…you can see it nearly bursting at the seams (oops)

Now for a little Turkey advice…

I purchased some of the materials (like bags, tissue paper) well in advance and although that meant I could bargain shop, it also meant I had to estimate quantities. As you can see from the photo below, there were some bags that did NOT end up with green tissue paper (luckily I had some other colors on hand).

Lesson Learned: there IS such a thing as too early.

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For some reason, the blues are looking very purple

One thing I did not consider (much) was the packaging and delivery of these (bulging) gift bags. We weren’t very well going to bring them in one-by-one.

Lesson learned: Save all your boxes! They will come in handy when making a drop off.

And, finally, since we had guests staying at 5(!) hotels, I had to package the gift bags in different ways for delivery. Some had tags with names, others did not. Also, some hotels had a fee for bags (whether at the front desk or dropped off in room).

Lesson learned: Reach out to your hotels early for their guest bag specifications

So, there you have it—last minute details to help improve our guests’ experience and a few tips for you!

Are you doing bathroom baskets or welcome bags? Anyone else purchase 30 boxes of TastyKake’s in a moment of insanity?

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Mrs. Turkey

Location:
Philadelphia
Wedding Date:
May 2012

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    stephanieelise 220 posts, Helper bee @ 7:57 am

    I will admit… I have bought 200 Honey Buns in a frenzy when a caterer’s truck broke down half an hour before a meeting I was hosting with a continental breakfast. I didn’t want the attendees going hungry, so there I stood in the Wal Mart checkout with enough Honey Buns and Capri Sun to feed an army!

    Your OOT guest bags look wonderful! And the tissue is beautiful, but the contents are much more important, and I know they enjoyed them. Beautiful work! And I can’t wait to see your weejkend guide. :-)

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    Coffee cup 2319 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:09 am

    This looks great. I like the idea of the bathroom baskets.

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    Zusie 937 posts, Busy bee @ 8:33 am

    Are bathroom bags really ‘need to haves?’ Isn’t that what your clutch is for–mints, tampons, lip gloss?

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:39 am

    @Zusie: The baskets are for stuff you forget or didn’t think you would need.

    I love your OOT bags. Just need to find stuff that in NC themed.

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    sfms 77 posts, Worker bee @ 8:54 am

    @Zusie: That’s why she qualified them as “nice to haves”

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    Mrs. Dragon 813 posts, Busy bee @ 9:24 am

    You just reminded me that I need to ask our hotel about bag drop offs, because that’s what’s probably going to determine if we’re doing them!

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    coyote 1504 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:51 am

    Oh I love these Turkey!! I would freakin’ love to be a guest at your wedding! (says the bride who didn’t do bathroom baskets OR out of bags. Hehe.)

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    Saramina329 173 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:57 am

    I am a month away from my wedding and I feel that all of a sudden I have a million things to do. We definitely need the OOT bags b/c we have people going to Daytona from both the North East coast and West coast. It’s a destination wedding. My main thing is how do I get started on the welcome booklet? Templates….any help. AHHHHH!!!! By the way Mrs. Turkey, you have been my favorite to follow. I love the details and the bags looked awesome. So did the baskets. So jealous. I want to have the bathroom baskets but they are not a necessity so if I have a minute to get around to them I might and $$.

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 10:58 am

    Mrs. Turkey, these are phenomenal (emphasized in my head as such: fa-nom-en-AL). I am sincerely in awe. I cannot imagine how much time, effort and freakin’ moolah went into every aspect of your wedding – I have a touch of wedding envy as well as overall admiration. I cannot WAIT to hear about your big day.

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    parasol 2955 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:59 am

    You certainly went above and beyond, Mrs. T! It’s funny, but I’ve actually never been to a wedding with a bathroom basket or out of town bags. I feel like I may be missing out!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 11:13 am

    Wow, you really took care of your guests, these are awesome!

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    lulu_honey 1462 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:04 pm

    Wow, I wish I was one of your wedding guests ;) I used to live in PA and I LOVE (and miss) Tasty Cakes. Nom nom nom.

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    beanstalk 770 posts, Busy bee @ 2:40 pm

    those bags are filled with so many goodies and treats!! Your guests are definitely going to enjoy them!!!

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    actingdarling 167 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:40 pm

    I love your goody bags, I’m working on some pretty small ones for our guests. Just pretty much some candy (because its a halloween themed wedding) and a little sheet attached with a poem and the times the shuttle leaves for the reception!
    I also made bathroom basket that are the bomb and i love yours too!
    Great JOB!

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    misssemi 156 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:05 pm

    I’m planning to order my Herr’s or Utz chips and Tastykakes online in bulk, mostly because I don’t live in Philadelphia and won’t be there many more times before the big day, but also to avoid the looks you speak of :)

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    turkey 654 posts, Busy bee @ 8:03 pm

    @StephanieElise: Whoa – that’s stress!!!

    @Coffee cup: They have definitely come in handy over the years (for me)!

    @Zusie: @Future Army Wife: @sfms: I know I’ve definitely been the girl without mints or anything in my purse besides a camera and a phone!! Was prepping for others like me :)

    @Miss Dragon: Definitely do…very interesting how much the policies vary.

    @Miss Coyote: You saved yourself a lot of time, smart lady.

    @Saramina329: Thanks so much! I will be posting about our welcome booklet soon and maybe that will help. In the interim, though, I shared some thoughts on how I shared things to do in our city back in this post: http://www.weddingbee.com/2012/01/31/how-to-entertain-our-guests/

    @Mrs. Parasol: You are! I have lots of extra hair ties from weddings ;)

    @Mrs. Pony: @lulu_honey: @Miss Beanstalk: Thanks!

    @actingdarling: Halloween and candy are the perfect mix!

    @MissSemi: Smart idea!!

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    razzelbride 90 posts, Worker bee @ 9:52 pm

    one more question… how much did it cost to put them all together? we have 85% of our guests coming from out of town but i just don’t know if OOT bags are in the budget (actaully i KNOW they are not) is this a must?! i’m afraid!!

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