That’s Amore: It’s in the Bag

During our American stay, Mr. G and I stayed at a condo that a friend of the family kindly offered to us. It had an amazing view, and my mother and her friends stocked the house with wine, champagne, fruit, and tons of snacks.


View from our condo / Photography by Courtney Ortiz


Chex Mix! Pita chips! I was so excited to see so many American snacks. / Personal photo

My sister, Mimi, was also kind enough to make OOT (out of town) bags for all of our OOT guests and put one in our condo as well!


Our OOT bags had flip-flops for me and Mr. G, bottled water, and Floridian snacks such as key lime pie cake and plantain chips.


I’d never received an OOT bag before, and I loved having one! The thing that I appreciated most in the OOT bags were definitely the flip- flops, which were perfect for walking on the beach. Quite a few guests mentioned how much they liked the flip-flops, and a few people told me they had been planning on buying a pair but didn’t need to since they were already in the bag. The snacks were also very much appreciated and perfect after a night of drinking at the rehearsal dinner and wedding. I also liked that everything came in a canvas bag that could be reused.

Are you making OOT bags? What are you planning on putting in them? For those who have received OOT bags, what did you appreciate? What didn’t you use?

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Mrs. Gondola

Wedding Date:
December 1969
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  1. milkcow Member
    Mrs. Milk Cow 215 posts, Helper bee @ 10:28 am

    It’s so sweet that your sister made OOT bags! I’ve gotten one at almost every out of town wedding I’ve been to, but they’re normally paper bags with bottled water and snacks (which is probably what we’ll do, as well). I love the idea of flipflops and a canvas bag that can be reused, especially the one your sister picked!

  2. parisian Member
    Miss Parisian 588 posts, Busy bee @ 10:34 am

    Those are SO ADORABLE! How sweet of your sister to make them for you!

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    nadnuk 1566 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:39 am

    There was a really memorable one I got that had a couple mini bottles of wine and chocolate. mmmm. My mom’s against putting alcohol in ours because it runs the cost up.

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    luluvohn 1194 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:48 am

    We’re not doing them at ours even though (or because?) almost our entire guest list is out of town. I honestly just don’t find them that useful. The last two weddings I’ve been to both had them, but we didn’t use a lot of the stuff in either. The first had some suggested restaurants, which would’ve been helpful but we’d already scoped out the area and picked the place we wanted to eat. The other had bottles of water and some bulk snacks (peanuts, pretzels, that kind of stuff) and it was good because the wedding had a gap and we were starving, but I think one of the water bottles is still sitting in FI’s suitcase four months later.

  5. mspalmtree Member
    Mrs. Palm Tree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:02 pm

    I love that you were able to get an OOT bag of your own! So awesome of your sister to include you guys!

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    roadtrip 803 posts, Busy bee @ 1:42 pm

    OOT bags were something that I’d wanted to do but cut at the last minute–how fun to get one for your own wedding. Good job, Sis!

  7. msfilly Member
    Mrs. Filly 827 posts, Busy bee @ 3:27 pm

    I love your OOT bags, and how cool is it that you guys were able to get one of your own to enjoy!

    Also, that view from your condo looks like a postcard. Unbelievable. I hope you guys enjoyed it!

  8. weathervane Member
    weathervane 171 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:42 pm

    I want one OOT bag! Or at least some key lime cake!

  9. pyramid Member
    Mrs. Pyramid 104 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:09 pm

    These are really cute! Your sister is so nice to do that! Did she just guess on sizes for the flip flops or did she ask people?

  10. campfire Member
    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:02 pm

    So cute of your sister to make a bag for you!

  11. jetsetter Member
    jetsetter 535 posts, Busy bee @ 6:15 am

    Your sister rocks for these OOT bags! And wow, that view!!

  12. gondola Member
    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:22 pm

    @Miss Milk Cow: @Miss Parisian: Thank you! I think my sister did a good job as well!
    @nadnuk: wow! Wine and chocolate sound awesome!

    @luluvohn: I think snacks are quite useful. I agree about the restaurants. Most of my guest picked restaurants they wanted to go to before they came over for the wedding.

    @Mrs. Palm Tree: @Mrs. Road Trip: Thank you! My sister did such a good job. She really put a lot of effort into them.

    @Miss Filly: The view was sooo nice! I loved it!

    @Miss Weather Vane: I highly recommend you try any key lime product if you ever go to south Florida.

    @Miss Pyramid: She just bought a size bigger than the average shoe size for Men and women. It all seemingly worked out.

    @Mrs. Campfire: @Mrs. Jet Setter: Thank you. I think my sis is pretty cool. You’ll be seeing her a lot in my recaps.

  13. mswaterfall Member
    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:51 am

    Your sister is so sweet! I wanted to make OOT bags but nixed them due to budget. Also, I really want plantain chips now 😛

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