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#1
St. Louis, MO
141 Posts
Joined Nov 2011
Since these are just about finished I figured I'd write a thread about them to give some of you some ideas for your own since most of everything I have done here has been taken either off of this site or bestdestinationweddings so time to pass it on

Right after we finalized and booked our wedding this was the first thing I have started and was so excited to do. I figured with all of our guests travelling so far and spending so much money it was a great way to show our appreciation. Now I wish I had added up everything I had spent on them but I did purchase everything throughout a year so it didn't hurt too bad haha.

All right the finished bag with attached post card from vistaprint (you will see a trend here lol)

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and this is what the back of the postcard says:
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We also had a lot of single guys coming along on the cruise and I didn't want them to feel awkward carrying that bag around so I searched on ebay and came up with these navy blue backpacks (one of our wedding colors)

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Here is everything that I stuffed into those bags
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#2
St. Louis, MO
141 Posts
Joined Nov 2011
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I made the chapstick labels on vistaprint using address labels and then just cut them to size and stuck them on!

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All of my vistaprint goodies that I got for FREE just paid for shipping, make sure you sign up for their email promotions they'll send you lots of sales!!

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RCI Harmony of the Seas - September 2016

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Carnival Dream - February 2013

My DREAM Wedding Review
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1793081
#3
St. Louis, MO
141 Posts
Joined Nov 2011
the water bottles were probably our biggest splurge from discountmugs.com
unfortunately they don't photograph very well but are awesome in person

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RCI Harmony of the Seas - September 2016

Previous Cruises:
Carnival Dream - February 2013

My DREAM Wedding Review
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1793081
#4
St. Louis, MO
141 Posts
Joined Nov 2011
the moms and both of our sisters each got their own special bag like this one
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In the groomsmen and bridesmaids bags they each got their own bubba keg in our wedding colors of course haha

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Well thats everything and if I buy one more thing for these I swear my fiance is gonna scream lol.

Just about everything in these is either from:
vistaprint
ebay
amazon
orientaltrading
target
dollartree

If you have any questions about anything I did just ask!
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RCI Harmony of the Seas - September 2016

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My DREAM Wedding Review
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1793081
#5
Maryland
351 Posts
Joined Mar 2009
Great job on the bags! :-)
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#6
NYC/NJ
245 Posts
Joined Jul 2012
that is beyond awesome! so thoughtful, and SO MUCH! you did an amazing job. if this was your welcome bag, i can't WAIT for your review when you get back - i can only imagine the detail and awesomeness in everything else.
#7
2,112 Posts
Joined Feb 2011
These ARE Nice!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much for sharing.. Please let us know how they go over with Ur guest
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#9
Arlington, VA
959 Posts
Joined Jan 2011
These are awesome! Thanks for sharing!

When are you handing yours out?
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#10
St. Louis, MO
141 Posts
Joined Nov 2011
thanks everyone!!! I cannot wait to hand them out only 80 more days haha I would love to have them all delivered to everyones stateroom after the wedding (getting married on embarkation day) Carnival will deliver them for $1 a bag which is not bad, but I know it is just going to be too much with everything else we have to carry on the ship. So we have decided that at our little "meet and greet" the night before at the hotel we will hand them out to our guests and it will be their responsibility to take them on the ship lol
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RCI Harmony of the Seas - September 2016

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My DREAM Wedding Review
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#11
Finland, Europe
2,768 Posts
Joined Jan 2012
WOW.







I'd insert more but the forum won't let me. I'm beyond impressed.
I wish you all the happiness and success in the world.

With that amount of work, you'll get a lot of both!
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#12
Arlington, VA
959 Posts
Joined Jan 2011
Originally posted by albean86
thanks everyone!!! I cannot wait to hand them out only 80 more days haha I would love to have them all delivered to everyones stateroom after the wedding (getting married on embarkation day) Carnival will deliver them for $1 a bag which is not bad, but I know it is just going to be too much with everything else we have to carry on the ship. So we have decided that at our little "meet and greet" the night before at the hotel we will hand them out to our guests and it will be their responsibility to take them on the ship lol
Can't blame you for that! I'm still deciding on what we're going to do. We've only got 30 guests so wouldn't have that much stuff to lug on, but it'd be nice to get it out of the way the night before!
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6-Day Caribbean, Carnival Breeze, January 2014 (Bday Cruise)
9-Day Repo, RCL Grandeur of the Seas, April 2013 (Honeymoon Cruise)
3-Day Bahamas, Carnival Imagination, April 2013 (Wedding Cruise!)
3-Day Bahamas, Norwegian Sky, June 2012 (Just Because)
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4-Day Bahamas, Norwegian Sky, October 2011 (Halloween Cruise)
4-Day Bahamas, Norwegian Sky, June 2011 (Last-minute Summer Getaway)
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#13
Boston area
1,395 Posts
Joined Oct 2011
These gift bags are fabulous...and incredibly generous! You will make your guests feel very appreciated. And all of the items are so personalized to your wedding...just lovely.

And albean....does my screen name look familiar to you from another TV board I frequent....your screen name looks like one of my 'friends' from over on that not-yet-married board so I am curious.
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#14
1,218 Posts
Joined Aug 2011
Originally posted by albean86
thanks everyone!!! I cannot wait to hand them out only 80 more days haha I would love to have them all delivered to everyones stateroom after the wedding (getting married on embarkation day) Carnival will deliver them for $1 a bag which is not bad, but I know it is just going to be too much with everything else we have to carry on the ship. So we have decided that at our little "meet and greet" the night before at the hotel we will hand them out to our guests and it will be their responsibility to take them on the ship lol

We did this too -- distributed them the night before at the hotel to everyone who was staying there, and only had to carry bags for the 2 couples not at our hotel to the ship with us. Worked well for us!
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#15
Georgia
82 Posts
Joined Aug 2011
You did an awesome job on these. We are also getting married on the Dream....but not until July 13, 2013. I can't wait to read your review. Which option has you chosen for the reception? We chose the luncheon.
#17
St. Louis, MO
141 Posts
Joined Nov 2011
Originally posted by banditbabe01
You did an awesome job on these. We are also getting married on the Dream....but not until July 13, 2013. I can't wait to read your review. Which option has you chosen for the reception? We chose the luncheon.
yeeaa another Dream bride We chose the 1 1/2 open bar and hors d'oeuvres
and have reserved the DJ. Our family and friends love to party so this is more us. We have a little over 40 people going. The we have also reserved an hour long cocktail party before one of the formal nights because I know the wedding is going to fly by.
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RCI Harmony of the Seas - September 2016

Previous Cruises:
Carnival Dream - February 2013

My DREAM Wedding Review
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1793081
#18
NY
63 Posts
Joined May 2012
First of all, omg your bags are sooo cute . My wedding is in April and we are doing like a gift bag with a tshirt and some small stuff. I need to steal your post card idea haha! I also got signs from Vista Prints. Where did you get the door hangers? I didn’t see they had them. How much were they? When is your big day?

I am also a Carnival bride, are you getting married on the boat or on the ship? Sorry if you answered any of these questions. Your help is appreciated!!!!
#19
St. Louis, MO
141 Posts
Joined Nov 2011
Originally posted by kimberlishaina
First of all, omg your bags are sooo cute . My wedding is in April and we are doing like a gift bag with a tshirt and some small stuff. I need to steal your post card idea haha! I also got signs from Vista Prints. Where did you get the door hangers? I didn’t see they had them. How much were they? When is your big day?

I am also a Carnival bride, are you getting married on the boat or on the ship? Sorry if you answered any of these questions. Your help is appreciated!!!!
thank you! The door hangers are actually rack cards that I punched holes in the top of. I got them for free during one of their sales just paid like $5 for the shipping. Our wedding is February 9th and we are getting married on the Dream on embarkation day.
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RCI Harmony of the Seas - September 2016

Previous Cruises:
Carnival Dream - February 2013

My DREAM Wedding Review
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1793081