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Wedding Gift Bag Ideas To Welcome Your Guests

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It’s difficult to land on the right wedding gift bag ideas in 2020. Most advice columns list items that are overdone, way too expensive, uninspired, or impractical.

That’s why we’re here.

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Read on and find wedding gift bag ideas that are perfect for a range of ages, tastes, budgets, effort, and style.
Our suggestions work as-is but you know your guests best. Feel free to swap out a few items with gifts that are more suited to your friends and family.

Wedding Welcome Bag Ideas

– Hangover Kit

First up on your list of wedding welcome bag ideas are the always-well-received Hangover Kits. Your reception is likely to provide access to wine, champaign, signature drinks, and all manner of cocktails. Help your guests start the morning after with the clarity and energy they need to attend brunch or travel back home safely. Fair warning though; this gift bag is a clear indication that you’re expecting your friends and family to indulge.

Your wedding welcome bag should include:

  • Tylenol
  • Eye drops
  • Ear plugs
  • Bottled water
  • Stain remover
  • Wet wipes

Put it all in this drawstring tote with your wedding colors and wedding details: Link

– Triple S (Sweet, salty and savoury) Gourmet Snack Pack

Unique wedding welcome bag ideas don’t always have to follow a wedding theme to be a smashing success. This welcome bag full of of the things your guests love but would never buy for themselves are especially great gift bag ideas for wedding hotel guests since they’ll have limited access to food between brunches and the reception.

Your wedding welcome bag should include:

  • Soft beer pretzel nuggets
  • Mixed gourmet nuts
  • Caramel popcorn
  • Chocolate covered blueberries
  • Brownie brittle
  • Seafood pate
  • Lindt chocolate truffles

Put it all in this wedding gift bag with custom appetizing colors: Link

– The Artist

Wedding gift bags ideas stuffed with artisanal items and handmade treasures are versatile and will please all of your guests of all ages and tastes. This approach allows you to choose a variety of items to remind your guests of your special day around their home and at their dinner table. If you’re keeping a close eye on your budget and schedule, make sure to include these DIY projects in your detailed wedding checklist so that you can tackle them efficiently.

Your wedding welcome bag should include:

  • Candles
  • Jams
  • Maple Syrup
  • Soda
  • Chutney

Artisan items call for an artisan package. Put it all in this wedding gift bag: Link

– Local Flavor

Your guests will be thrilled to receive wedding guest gift bag ideas inspired by unique local personality. Every city has that mom and pop shop that makes the world’s best pecan pie or that microbrewery that serves an IPA you can’t get anywhere else in the country. You’ll have to plan ahead and do your homework for this one. Invest some time with Google to discover a few local gems, or take the extra step of speaking with a few locals to determine which items are worthy of your wedding gift bag.

Your wedding welcome bag should include:

  • Commemorative Map
  • Craft beer
  • Local foods like snacks, cheeses, sauces, fruits and veggies.
  • Ground coffee
  • Baked goods

Put it all in this locally-themed wedding gift bag: Link

– Memorabilia

Wedding favor bag ideas that are inspired by your wedding’s theme always earn a little applause. The result of gifting your guests is a smile on their faces, but the main intent is to give them a reason to keep the memory of your ceremony and reception alive long after the party is over. Make sure to include as many queues from your wedding as possible, such as replicas of your centerpieces, a sample of your floras, or anything that honors your wedding’s theme.

Your wedding welcome bag should include:

  • Signature drink or custom wine
  • Recipe card for reception dishes
  • USB
  • Phone Charger
  • Floral arrangement
  • Sandals

Focus on your wedding theme by putting it all in this wedding gift bag: Link

– Date Night

Many of your guests will part of a happy couple. Failing that, your wedding is sure to inspire passionate pursuits of love. These same couples would love to go out on a date just like they used to if life didn’t get into the way so much. Force them to get out by providing them with these wedding favor bags ideas that cater to getting ready, going out, and turning in on date night.

  • Massage Oil
  • Restaurant gift cards
  • Theatre gift cards with playbills
  • Cute printed style guide
  • Custom wine
  • Candles

Keep things romantic. Put it all in this wedding gift bag: Link

– Natural Fit (outdoors stuff)

The best welcome bag ideas for wedding guests are inspirational. This is a convenient option if the majority of your guests live in town. You simply have to find some local outdoor activities, educate your guests on how many outdoor activities are waiting for them, and include some items that will keep them satisfied throughout the entire experience.

  • Trail mix
  • Energy bar
  • Bottled water
  • Emergency kit
  • Printed info cards

Keep things practical by putting it all in this wedding gift bag: Link

– Kitchen Magic

Food is only as good as the ingredients you use. Wedding welcome bags ideas that include items that keep families together in the kitchen are never a poor choice. To make choosing the ingredients you want to include easier, start with a recipe that you love and then source the ingredients that are an upgrade to their typical white flour and salt and pepper. Since this gift bag choice offers more than single-use, spice things up by swapping the bag for a box that will feel right at home on their countertop.

  • Gourmet flour
  • Cooking wine
  • Assortment of spices
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Custom hot sauce

Put it all in this wedding gift box: Link

– Spa Day Essentials

It’s certain that your guests will be jealous after they witness you walk down the aisle. Choose a collection of wedding gift bag items that will help them step up their beauty and relaxation game with select spa essentials. A few strategic skincare items and the right atmosphere will quickly add up to a much-needed staycation for your guests.

  • Handmade soap
  • Bath salts
  • Emory board
  • Body lotion
  • Body buffer
  • Luffa
  • Clay facial mud mask
  • Sleep mask

Put it all in this wedding gift box: Link

– A to Z (Aka the Book Club)

If you and your guests are the reading type, these wedding goodie bag ideas are sure to delight. The main attraction should be your all-time favorite novel or a book that’s recently inspired you or is rich with teachings of love. Add to the package with complimentary items meant to make their reading experience more relaxing and engaging.

  • Your favorite book
  • Custom bookmark
  • Wooden page spreader
  • Neck pillow
  • Custom mug
  • Sudoku, crossword, and puzzle books

Keep things classy by putting it all in this wedding gift bag: Link

– Up and At ‘Em

Breakfast is a significant meal for most families. Spice of your guests’ daily routine with wedding guest gift bag ideas that bring breakfast to the next level. Choose some high-end gourmet items if it fits your wedding budget, or keep costs to a minimum by including some homemade items.

  • Steel Cut oats
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Assortment of fruit
  • Scones or biscotti
  • Jams or jellies
  • Pancake batter
  • Maple syrup
  • Gourmet Cheese

Keep things lively by putting it all in this wedding gift bag: Link

  • CharCUTErie

Your reception is sure to get at least a few of your guests into the dinner party mood. Hook them up with everything needed to kick off their party in style with deli-grade meats and cheeses, seasonal fruits, and enough sides and garnish to make everything insta-worthy. Just make sure that your choices won’t conflict with any airline policies and promise a reasonable best-before date.

  • Olives
  • Cheese
  • Grapes and berries
  • An assortment of crackers and bread
  • Artichoke
  • Deli meats
  • Pickles
  • Dried apricots

Make things transportable by putting it all in this wedding gift bag: Link

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Tips On Packing Your Wedding Gift Bags

Use our suggestions to create the perfect theme around your gift bags and choose the container (bag, box, or otherwise) that fits your wedding theme best.

Whenever possible, get custom.

Many of the items you have to choose from can be etched with your initials and/or wedding date. Many of them can also be created with custom labels like water bottles, wine bottles, and salsa jars. Take advantage of this opportunity and ensure that your guests remember your happy moments for years to come.

To make the biggest splash, take your guests personal needs into consideration. If they’re coming in from out of town, give more weight to wedding hotel gift bag ideas. If they’re highly active, choose gift items that inspire them to get outdoors. When in doubt, recruit mothers of the bride and groom to help get to know all of your guests better.

The last thing to consider when putting together your wedding welcome bag is convenience. They’ll look adorable sitting atop a table at your reception, but it may work much better to send them to your guests’ address or have them waiting in the hotel room.
Use this guide to inspire your collection of giftable items. Use your knowledge of everyone’s personal taste to guide you, and use this one simple question to tell you if you’ve made the right choice or not: Would you love it?
If the answer is Yes, you can’t go wrong.

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