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Marriages are about giving and taking. You say your vows, you receive wishes from your partner. You sign up for the gifts you will inevitably receive from your guests and bridal party, and at some point you give your guests and bridal party something to show your appreciation.
“Giving up your wedding party isn’t always a must, but it’s a super nice gesture,” says expert Alvania Lopez. “It’s a way to thank your tribe for standing by your side and giving them something they’ll keep for years to come!” It’s also important to recognize other important guests who may not be present at the wedding party, from the mother of the groom to your great-uncle who has traveled across the country for your nuptials.
Besides the wedding itself, gift bags are a great idea for some of the other events leading up to the big day, like the bachelorette party or the wedding. Whether you’re hosting something custom for a destination ceremony or gifting your bridal party with self-care tools, we’re here to help.
Read on for the best wedding gift bags.
For the bachelorette party: Mod Party personalized jelly beach bag
This stylish jelly bag is a perfect way to give your party the most important singles essentials, but it’s also cute enough to carry on your night out or on a trip to the beach. Fill with location-specific goodies like sunglasses and lip balm, and add everyone’s name to the front for an extra special touch.
For the Mother of the Groom: Zazzle Mother of the Groom Tote Bag
Nothing is more practical than a sturdy canvas tote bag. After the wedding, the mother of the groom can take this personalized bag to the grocery store, farmer’s market, etc., and will remember your special day every time she uses it.
For the Groomsmen: USA Leather Shop Personalized Leather Toiletry Bag
Impress any group of men with their own personalized leather case, filled with all the items they’ll need for the big day (and beyond!). Have each monogrammed with their initials and they’ll be sure to use it for years to come.
For the Bridesmaid: Judy Bag Company Monogrammed Tote Bag
Thank your bridesmaid for a job well done with this lovely personalized tote bag. She loves the soft ruffles and ribbon accents, and will no doubt be delighted to wear it long after her wedding ceremony duties are over.
For the bridal party: Box Fox Pamper Pink Box
Perfect for wedding day prep, this gift set is just what your bridal party needs to unwind and relax the night before (or the day after!). The box contains soothing bath salts, chocolate, a brightening pearl sheet mask, a silk sleeping mask and a prosecco rose scented candle.
For Father of the Bride: Zazzle Father of the Bride Wedding Gift Bag
Whether you’re gifting your spouse’s dad or your own, a personalized gift bag with his name and title (father of the bride) is a sweet enough touch to bring a tear to even the toughest dad. The black and white color scheme and tuxedo pattern make it perfect for a black tie wedding.
Bachelorette Party: Established Co. Gifts Personalized Insulated Beer Bag
Set the mood for the bachelor party with a twelve-pack of his favorite beer chilled in its own personalized cooler bag. This sturdy gray wool bag features brown leather accents for a chic yet masculine vibe that’s sure to wow all the men at your party.
For the Ring Bearer: The Paisley Box Ring Bearer Safety Backpack
Make your ring bearer feel like the coolest kid alive in this personalized “ring security” backpack. Fill it with helpful goodies like a personalized water bottle, favorite snacks, and a fun book to read during wedding downtime.
For wedding weekends: Peach Box Co. Espresso Please
If you’re hosting friends and family for several days, keep them comfortable (and wide awake) with this gift set containing an espresso machine, coffee beans and a reusable mug. The couverture and chocolate will provide a much appreciated treat after a long day of fun.
For a rustic wedding: Wedding Welcome Tote from Casey’s Studio Co.
Personalize these super durable burlap tote bags with your last name, your wedding date or the names of your guests, and watch how often you see this bag pop up over the years. We love the idea of adding a bandana or bow around the handle to tie the colors in your wedding palette together.
For the beach wedding: Ottoman Marrakech personalized straw beach bag
If you’re having a beach wedding, we can’t think of a better gift bag to welcome your guests than this custom woven tote. Add a colorful towel, sunscreen, water and snacks so they have everything they need for a day in the sun.
For the bohemian wedding: Happy Ceremonies Craft Welcome Bag
The dried flower trend is still going strong! This handcrafted gift bag features a bohemian-inspired buttonhole and the attached tag can be personalized with your names and wedding date. Fill the bag with sweet treats like local honey, homemade granola and jam for a gift they’re sure to take home.
For Spring Weddings: Established Co. Gifts Personalized Wedding Favor Bags
This darling silk bag will make your guests swoon. Stick with the spring vibe theme and pack with sachets of lavender, scented soap, or wildflower seeds that guests can plant in their gardens when they return home.
For an Italian-inspired wedding: Peach Box Co. Night in Italy
Whether you are celebrating your wedding Amalfi Coast or host a rustic Italian feast in your hometown, this Italian themed box is just what you need to transport your guests to “la dolce vita”. With delicious treats like tiramisu truffles and deluxe entertaining pieces, it’s a splurge that will make a big impression.
For Destination Weddings: Personalized Duffel Bag for SS Weddings
Perfect for making your guests feel right at home on your destination wedding weekend, a personalized monogrammed duffel bag is a great carry-on for them to take along with mementos from a trip. The best part? They’ll be sure to use it again and again for future trips, the gym and everything in between.
For the candy bar: Picture Perfect Paper Treat Yo Self Goodie Bags
If you’re offering a dessert or snack station at your reception, encourage your guests to take some with a personalized goodie bag. Have your names and wedding date engraved on it for a sweet touch.
For the After Party: Wedding Recovery Kits Clementine Weddings
Some weddings continue long after the DJ lights have gone out. For those, this hangover kit ensures that your guests will have nothing but fond memories of your wedding and the morning after.
What to look for in a wedding gift bag
Let your wedding style guide you. “We always recommend keeping gifts aligned with the overall theme and mood of the wedding,” Lopez says. If you’re having a rustic ceremony in the woods, opt for a bag with a more natural design and materials, and add local, handmade food items. For a beach wedding, look for useful gifts your guests may have forgotten about (think sunscreen, insect repellent or flip flops). And personalization is always a good idea, whether it’s personalized bags with your bridal party’s names or custom-made favors with the couple’s monogram.
“We advise you to opt for timeless objects useful in everyday life,”The only question is, between clothing shopping and cake tastings, when will you find the time to sort through said gifts? Don’t worry, we’ve got it all covered. Lopez tells us,
While it’s a nice gesture, it’s not a requirement – the memories of the event and the time spent together are also a great lesson to take away from your big day. Don’t feel like you have to go overboard if the wedding favors aren’t in the budget. It is recommended that you give something, no matter how small, to the people who have dedicated the most time and resources to your event (the bridesmaid, the best man and the parents).
Don’t feel the need to go all out, it’s really the thought that counts. To save money, consider DIY personalized gifts for your guests and wedding party. Handmade favors or baked goods can do a lot without breaking the bank.
Consider gifts that reflect the style of your wedding theme. For example, a beach theme might lend itself to rattan bags, personalized seashells, stylish umbrellas, or monogrammed blankets. A barn wedding could feature homemade jams or rustic mason jar flower arrangements.
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