OOT Gift Bags

One of the first things I knew for sure when I got engaged was that I wanted to make OOT (out-of-town) gift bags for our guests staying at the Stirling Guest Hotel (reception venue) or the hotel where we have a block of rooms.  I started planning what to include in the bags very early on.  At this point, about 2 1/2 months from the wedding, I have them almost ready to assemble!

First I bought the actual bags.

Gift Bags

Gift Bags

Next I got local maps and a city guide put out by the local chamber of commerce.  I think our guests will find those things helpful during the wedding weekend!  One day, as I was exploring the amazing website that is Etsy, I found a seller who made custom labels for water bottles.  My  mom loved them so much she offered to pay for them, so they went into my shopping cart! I also found cute door hangers on Etsy and purchased them.

Door Hanger

Door Hanger

Aren’t they adorable?

I then put some local chocolates in little cellophane bags tied with ribbon.  And I purchased small bags of pretzels, individual-serving Pringles containers, and granola bars.  Finally, I created a welcome letter….well I actually made three different versions of a welcome letter, depending on whether or not the guest was invited to the rehearsal dinner and whether they were staying at the Stirling or at the hotel.

All that’s left to do is assemble the bags and deliver them to the hotels to hand out as our guests check in!  I’m so excited for everyone to get their goodie bags and think it’s a great little gift for all the family and friends who are traveling to attend our wedding.

What do you think?  Am I missing anything in my OOT bags?

Besotted Blog Giveaway

In my search for ideas and images to create the perfect wedding, I have become something of a blog addict.  (Not to mention an insomniac.  It’s 2:36 am as I write this post!)

One of the blogs I follow is called besottedblog.com.  This morning I found such a lovely giveaway I just had to blog about it myself.  Here’s the original post:  http://www.besottedblog.com/2011/09/besotted-brand-sneak-peek-pretty-parcel.html

She’s giving away beautiful little packages that contain notecards, a stamp, and who knows what else!  Not to mention the wooden box is too much.  Just check out this amazingness!

I would appreciate if you would follow her blog and enter her giveaway since she apparently spent a bajillion dollars on the cardstock!  Now it’s back to bed for this bride-to-be.  6 am is coming quickly!