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The Best Day Ever…Out of Town Gift Bags

wedding recaps

June 29, 2011

Finally, right? Another wedding recap…I’m hoping I can get through at least one of these a week or until I receive all of my fabulous wedding pictures!! I’m hoping I can swoon my photogs with some baked goodies or something of that nature ;).
When I started thinking about OOT gift bags, I knew I wanted something that screamed Nashville…also known as Music City USA. I had very specific items I wanted to include, and started off on my quest to purchase fun items to make these unique for guests that were sweet enough to travel to TN for our big day. Without further adieu, here they are:

The finished products…all lined up and ready to be delivered to the hotels
Now backing up to the assembly and what items were in each takeaway tote:
Goo Goo Clusters–a Tennessee staple
Mini Jack Daniels bottles–no explanation needed
Goody’s Headache Powder Packets–for the day after 😉
Music City Mix CD made by Dad–check out the CD label
Bottled Water with personalized labels
 Homemade Late Night Munchies Mix–popcorn, M&Ms, peanuts, and coated with melted almond bark…so addictive
Homemade Mini TN Jam Cakes–made by Mom and the perfect sweet treat!
Trident White Gum
Spirit of Nashville Postcards
Custom Wedding Itinerary–complete with a listing of our favorite places to eat, shop, and visit as well as detailed directions to the church
The weekend before the wedding, Meg/Aaron, Mom/Dad, and  Jeff and Igot to work on baking/mixing, and getting the items ready to be packaged and then Mom and I made ourselves a small assembly line Wednesday night…we were a machine making sure everything was just perfect and I just loved how they turned out!
For the custom water bottle labels, munchie tags, stickers, and itineraries, I worked with the fabulous Mekala from Tie That Binds.
She helped me achieve the exact look I was going for to tie these small details into the overall color scheme and look of our invitations. Ladies, she is WONDERFUL to work with and you can see more of her designs on her blog here.  {P.S. I’ll have more to show you from her when I recap the rehearsal dinner, too!}
As for the other items, I found these all around Nashville and online:
Kraft tote shopping bags: Michael’s
Bright yellow tissue paper: Hobby Lobby
Cello bags for munchie mix/mini jam cakes: Nashville Wraps–available to purchase online
Raffia ribbon for mix: Nashville Wraps/Hobby Lobby
Retro Nashville postcards–Spirit of Nashville
Goo Goo Clusters: Cracker Barrel
  1. Mandy says:

    These are adorable! I plan on doing OOT bags for my upcoming wedding, trying to decide what to put in them is the hard part!

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Cait says:

    I never thought about that but its a great idea! I may have to do somwthing for my big day!

  3. What great ideas! You definitely outdid yourself with these. I'm sure your guests were thrilled. 🙂

  4. I LOVE this post!!!! I have been trying to figure out what to put in our guest's bags for the longest time! I am inspired now to stick with North Carolina themed goodies! Thanks for this post!!!

  5. Mrs. H says:

    Loved how you stayed with the Tennesee theme. I did the same thing for our wedding since we had a ton of out of town guests. I purchased straw cowboy hats and turned them upside down and filled them with chips/salsa, water, nuts, etc. everything that had to do with Texas!

  6. I love your OOT bags and all the fun goodies they include! The personalized CD labels and all of the work that Mekala did really are nice touches.

  7. Rachel Gray says:

    Too cute! I'm going to send this to Erin… she's been wanting ideas for her OOT bags!

  8. Kate says:

    Love those!!! I just stumbled on your blog and I'm excited to obsessively go through it and get ideas for my wedding 🙂

  9. Jocelyn says:

    These turned out so good! Love the late night snacks!

  10. Thank you sooo much for all the good ideas! I'm actually really excited about the OOT bags 🙂 you had a lot of cute ideas & I hope you don't mind me stealing them 😉

  11. Day Old News says:

    Wow, you thought of everything! I wonder if you encountered any hassles from the hotel for including liquor? I have that problem with some of our events & it bugs the heck out of me! Love the idea of the postcards, too. That's so clever.

  12. CHH says:

    Dear Natasha,

    How fun and thoughtful.

    Best,

    Coastal Blue Ocean

  13. Pamela says:

    Just found your blog! You are too cute!! I am your neighbor, well kinda 🙂 I live in NC! I have always wanted to visit Nashville! My husband I love going to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg! It's maybe 3 hours away!

  14. AllyceR says:

    These are so cute and the personal touches are just perfect! You and your "team" are just so creative!

  15. Girl…. seriously? You are so creative, and I wish I could have attended your wedding 😉 WOW!! Great job, and the bags and everything are just beautiful!

  16. Too cute! Love them.

  17. Amy says:

    LOVE these!

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