Um, not that I'm bitter.
As many of you have pointed out, brides needn't fall for the wedding industry's hype of, "If you don't have these fifty extras at your wedding, your guests will think you are so lame."
Among the things hyped that I have considered are out of town guest bags for visiting friends and family, which might include guide books of the area, water, foods specific to the area (like sourdough or Ghiradelli chocolates, for example), etc. etc. Then I did the math to figure out exactly how many out of town guests we'd be making these bags for and what the cost might be. Um, sorry folks, but we can't. And it's really too bad, because I kind of fell in love with these canvas bags that had maps of San Francisco on them, but at $20/piece for the bag alone, we just can't.
Another thing that would be cheaper to do is bathroom baskets for the men's and women's bathrooms at the reception venue. These might contain things like mints, mouthwash, Tide-to-go pens (can I just say that Mr. T and I just bought these and they are awesome?! They saved me from walking around with a stain down my shirt just last week), and tissues. Maybe fun wedding tissues like these, from Sniff:
But, the sensible side of me says that this is just more useless stuff that I don't need to spend my money on. I dunno. How much could a bathroom basket cost? And if you were a wedding guest, would you appreciate it?