Hotel wedding gift bags help guests get settled, stay nourished and thank them for their attendance. These welcome bags provide contact information, ideas for things to do, snacks, small gifts and directions to the wedding.
Before you decide on what goes in the bag, you need to decide on a theme, if any, budget and delivery. Plan to budget about $10 to $15 a bag, and ask the hotel if delivery of wedding gift bags is included with rate negotiations. You can ask for free delivery but tip well if possible.
Incorporate items that are personal and closely relate to the theme of the wedding. Need help with ideas? Here are ten things to include in your hotel wedding gift bags.
Include a personalized thank you note to the guests in the hotel wedding gift bags. It can be as simple as a photo of you two and a handwritten note on the back or enclose a card with your signature.
Include a gift that highlights something popular or historic in the area. What about sugar cookies baked in a historic settlement or a chocolate bar from an area factory? Perhaps adorable stationary or a small art print from a nearby gallery, especially if you as a couple are artistic. The gift helps guests feel at home and get acquainted with the area.
Guests will be hungry when they arrive, and including snacks and water are a nice touch in the hotel wedding gift bags. Set aside bags for people with dietary restrictions so that you can customize those bags if possible. They will appreciate the gesture.
Include aspirin and antacids along with toothbrushes, toothpaste and chewing gum. Consider what other convenience items guests may need or like, such as a lint roller or slipper socks. Think convenient and commonly forgotten. What about pens and notebooks?
Having a destination wedding? Include sunscreen and a beach towel because guests are likely to forget one or both items.
Similarly, if your wedding is somewhere rainy, slip a mini-umbrella or poncho in the bag. That goes for local areas, too. Pay attention to the weather.
Get adult coloring books for the adults, related to the wedding them if possible, and buy yourself one to de-stress from last minute planning by coloring. Have a humorous coloring book designed about you two included.
Hosting a child-friendly wedding? Include coloring books for them. Add two packs of crayons for families instead of one.
See if you can round up coupons for appetizers or meals from local restaurants. Don’t want to do all that wandering? Some city chambers of commerce create a guide and coupon book of only local businesses so you avoid chains. Try there, and don’t forget to check to see what the hotel already supplies for guests as far as information and recommendations.
Include a few of your own recommendations and roundups of specials in the hotel wedding gift bags. Is there a little bar around the corner with a whiskey or wine Wednesday? What about lunch sub specials?
If possible, include a sticky note on the camera that says “Make your own memories.” There’s something mindful and rewarding about the click-whirr of a disposable camera because you develop the film later and enjoy the present moment more.
So helpful, right? In all seriousness — and silliness — include a totally random object in your gift to surprise and delight your guests. Make it suit you as a couple. Include bubbles to blow or glow sticks for guests to let their inner children out to play. Turn it into a riddle to find a local hot spot to try.
People are human, and human beings forget important things even when they really don’t mean to — promise. They remembered to arrive, but they forgot the itinerary. That’s why you need to include a copy of the itinerary and directions to the wedding and associated events.
Include the thank you and itinerary with directions attached to the bag as a front and back card. Clip a hole in the card with a ribbon so guests can hang it off the bathroom door as a reminder. Creative and easy for guests to place right in front of their noses, more or less.
Your people will come. You built it. But sometimes they need a few reminders.
So, welcome your guests with a few items to make them at home and cover their bases. Provide them with ideas for fun things to do while in town for the wedding and prepare for the big day.