Weddings are one of those things that require a lot of mental and emotional energy on the part of the couple and the guests. If you are planning your wedding yourself it can be incredibly stressful to try to figure out all of the little details that you need to do. Aside from finding the perfect venue, picking a caterer, and choosing your flowers, you also need to remember those tiny details that can easily fall through the cracks.
Many people who plan their own weddings turn to wedding blogs and how-to’s in order to fill in the gaps. These kind of guides can really reduce stress because it means you don’t have to remember everything for yourself. If you are thinking about leaving gift bags in your guests hotel rooms, here are some of the things you might want to include.
1. The Tote
In order to start building your wedding gift bag you are going to want to find an actual bag. First of all, you are going to want to decide roughly how much you want to spend on each bag. Depending on where you buy them they vary in shape, size, and price. The Knot has a ton of options with a big range of styles and prices.
We tend to think that neutral colors are the best. White canvas totes are easily washed and reused. You can also chose to customize the tote with your own saying or image. It is our recommendation that if you do customize it you make it something that your guests will actually want to use again.
Many hotels rooms no longer provide their guests with complementary water. As such, one of the first things you are going to want to include is a couple bottles of water. We promise that your guests will thank you for the free refreshments. If you are getting married at a vineyard or in wine country like Napa Valley, Sonoma, or Santa Barbra you might want to consider throwing in a bottle of wine for your guests as well.
Often if you are getting married in one of these places the vineyard or winery will give you a really good price on a few cases of wine. Throwing in a bottle can be a great way to invite your guests to unwind.
3. Awesome Snacks
The Next thing you want to put in the perfect wedding gift bag are some awesome snacks. We always prefer to go local or artisanal with these snacks. You don’t need to pick something super expensive but it is nice to include something that you can’t get from a vending machine. It is particularly nice to include something salty and something sweet.
If you are creating your gift bag on a budget and you have a Costco card you will be amazed at how many great things they have in bulk. You can get Ghirardelli chocolate, Newman’s Own snacks, and so much more.
4. Something Personal
It is always nice to include something personal in the gift basket that will remind your guests of you and your spouse are. The best way to do this is to really think of something that seems right for both of you. There are a few different routes you can go with this. You might chose something that is relaxing like essential oils or a small scented candle. These can be nice to help your guests relax in their hotel room.
The other route you can go is to put in something silly or whimsical. Depending on who you and your spouse are you can really have fun with this. You might include a whoopee cushion, disappearing ink, or some other kind of practical joke item. You can also include something a little sweeter like bubbles.
5. A Sweet Note
One of the nicest things you can include is a kind note to your guests. You don’t need to take the time to hand write each one. But you might just want to take a moment to write out a thank you note telling your guests that you are grateful they came all this way for your special occasion.
Things to Leave Out
Knowing the perfect things to include in a wedding gift bag is just as important as knowing what to leave out of the bag. Here are some of the things that we say leave behind: anything religious. You don’t know what your guests religion is and adding something like this might be offensive to them.
Also leave behind all the personalized items. Some people go a little overboard with personalized soap, water bottles, chocolates, and more. The thing about tons of customization is that people often feel weird about actually using the stuff. They feel like they should be saving them rather than using them. The other thing about customization is that it often costs a lot of money and you are better off saving that cash for something else.