We are excited to have Emily our gift bag guru (ok she’s been our intern, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t a gift bag guru), here to talk about what she loves to see in a gift. bag.
As if attending a wedding wasn’t fun enough in itself, being treated with a gift bag upon checking into your hotel helps set the tone for the weekend. The gift bag says “Hey! Thanks for celebrating our love. We are thrilled you are here.” A gift bag is a very simple way for the bride and groom to let the guests know they appreciate their attendance.
I have attended quite a few weddings and I have compiled a list of my must-haves in a gift bag:
This is a staple to any gift bag. Water will be the most appreciated item as they won’t have to take one from the $12 dollar mini-bar.
This should be a no brainer. Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. It is the first thing guests will look for in their bag and typically the first thing gone from their bag.
Coupons from a local café or coffee shop
Do a little research near the hotels where your guests are staying. Talk to a local café and ask if they can give you a coupon for either a percentage discount or a buy-one/get-one. Your guests will appreciate the discount and the store will appreciate the business.
Honey Nut Cheerios
Include some travel breakfast servings. Trust me, it will be consumed. Not everyone wants to go to the brunch. Not everyone can even make it to the coffee shop before they head out of town.
Tiny sewing kits were meant for wedding gift bags. Dozens of guests will wind up needing a safety pin, some help with a hem, or a tiny pair of scissors.
I am sure your food is delicious, but it may be because it has been smothered in delicious butter and garlic. Your guests will appreciate having packed this item in their pocket or purse.
Include some small packets. Your wedding is the party of the year, right? If so, then these will definitely be needed.
Let your guests have a way to be familiar with the area. If you have some down time between the ceremony and the reception, point out some local hot stops they can stop by to grab a drink. They will appreciate the references.
Robin Egg Blue
Make sure your guests know how to access the free internet. Print out a little sheet of paper with the internet code for the hotel or the nearest Wifi spot.
And see our post earlier this week about fabulous ways to package all of this stuff!