I don’t believe there are enough ways to thank everyone for attending our wedding, but I figured making OOTG goodie bags was the least we could do for all of our friends and family who are staying in hotel rooms during our wedding weekend. So before we go any further, I need to ask all Sword guest to leave this blog post. I mean, they can probably guess some of the items that will be included, but still, I want them to have a slight element of surprise!
The first item on the list was finding the right bag. I was in love with Mrs. Wallaby’s reusable canvas totes, but since we have such a large amount of OOTG’s I decided that wasn’t going to be cost-effective enough for us. So, I went hunting for small paper bags in large quantities. Unfortunately, our local dollar store didn’t have any pretty colors so we ended up purchasing a few packs of eight (half ivory, half dark greenish/brown) from JoAnn for six dollars a pack. Mom Sword and I decided to go with the smallest possible bag size that would fit everything. It’s a good idea too, because it makes the bag look nice and full and it saves on money/paper/space.
Can I just say I’m super proud of this next picture? I’m so happy I was able to figure out how to add words to the photo without anyone else’s help! Big deal for this Sword.
Our guests will be getting a few chocolate candy bars, a bag of peanuts, a roll of mints, two mini water bottles, a few hand sanitizing wipes, a Chicago postcard, a personalized DND sign, and an information sheet for the weekend (not pictured).
I know our hotel charges something like a dollar or two to have them delivered to each room, so we’ll probably just have them handed out as the guests check into their rooms.
These are the OOTG bags all put together (minus the cute tags I made):
The trickiest part was deciding how many to make, the question being—do you make one bag per person, per couple, or per family?? We have hotel rooms reserved that range from one guest to five guests. In the end we made 48 OOTG bags and we have about 30 hotel rooms reserved under our room block. I figure some people might get two and it’s always good to have extras!
AND just because I don’t want our guests seeing the boutonnieres just yet (and I’ve found out that people actually pay attention to my “go away” notices)…here is the finished product on those! Thank you Sister/MOH Big Eyes and Mom Sword! I like to think I helped, but all I did was add anti-fraying goop to the edges of the tartan fabric. It looks blue in the photo, but it dried clear in the end!
I had a silly idea the other day that we should make a little sign or note asking the guests to locate and count all places we have used or placed the family tartan throughout our ceremony and reception. Still undecided on whether it’s an actual idea or just a joke in my head!
(all photos personal)
Are you making little goodie bags for your out-of-town guests? Do you like the final boutonnieres? Can you think of all the places we are using tartan at the wedding?