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Weddings are all about giving and receiving. You give your vows, and you receive vows from your partner. You register for gifts you'll inevitably receive from your guests and bridal party, and at some point along the way, you give your guests and bridal party something to show your appreciation.
"Gifting your wedding party is not always a must, but it is a super lovely gesture," says expert Alvania Lopez. "It's a way to thank your tribe for being by your side and giving them something they'll keep for years to come!" It's also important to acknowledge other important guests who may not be in the wedding party, from the mother of the groom to your great uncle who traveled across the country for your nuptials.
In addition to the wedding itself, gift bags are a great idea for some of the other events leading up to the big day, like the bachelorette or bridal party. Whether you're curating something personalized for a destination ceremony or gifting your bridal party some 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 gift your party the most important bachelorette essentials, but it's also cute enough to tote on your night out or 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
It doesn't get more practical than a sturdy canvas tote bag. After the wedding, the mother of the groom can bring this custom bag to the grocery store, farmer's market, and more—and will be reminded of your special day every time she uses it.
For The Groomsmen: USA Leather Shop Personalized Leather Toiletry Bag
Impress any group of guys with their own personalized leather dopp kit, filled with all the items they'll need for the big day (and beyond!). Have each one monogrammed with their initials, and they'll be sure to use it for years to come.
For The Flower Girl: Judy Bag Company Monogramed Tote Bag
Thank your flower girl for a job well done with this cute personalized tote bag. She'll love the sweet frills and ribbon accents and will no doubt be thrilled to carry it around long after her wedding ceremony tasks are over.
For The Bridal Party: Box Fox Pamper Pink Box
Perfect for pre-wedding day prep, this curated gift box is just what your bridal party needs to relax and unwind the night before (or the day after!). The box comes packed with soothing bath salts, chocolate, a brightening pearl sheet mask, a silk sleep mask, and a prosecco rose-scented candle.
For The Father Of The Bride: Zazzle Father Of The Bride Wedding Gift Bag
Whether you're gifting your spouse's father or your own, a custom gift bag with his name and title (father of the bride) is a sweet enough touch to draw a tear from even the toughest dad. The black and white color scheme and tux motif make it perfect for a black-tie wedding.
For The Bachelor Party: Established Co. Gifts Personalized Cooler Beer Bag
Set the mood for the bachelor party with a twelve-pack of his favorite beer chilled in his very own personalized cooler bag. This rugged gray wool bag features brown leather accents for a chic yet masculine vibe that's sure to wow all the men in your party.
For The Ring Bearer: The Paisley Box Ring Bearer Security Backpack
Make your ring bearer feel like the coolest kid around in this personalized 'ring security' backpack. Fill it with useful gifts like a custom water bottle, favorite snacks, and a fun book to read during wedding day downtime.
For Wedding Weekends: Peach Box Co. Espresso Please
If you're hosting friends and family over several days, make them feel comfortable (and wide awake) with this gift box packed with an espresso maker, coffee beans, and a reusable mug. The throw blanket and chocolate will provide a much-appreciated treat after a long day of fun.
For a Rustic Wedding: Casey's Studio Co. Wedding Welcome Tote
Customize these super durable burlap tote bags with your last name, wedding date, or guests' names, and watch how often you see this bag pop up over the years. We love the idea of adding in a bandana or bow around the handle to tie in colors from your wedding palette.
For The Beach Wedding: Ottoman Marrakech Personalized Straw Beach Bag
If you're having a beach wedding, we can't imagine a better gift bag to greet your guests with than this personalized woven tote. Add in a colorful towel, sunscreen, water, and snacks, so they'll have everything they need for a day in the sun.
For The Boho Wedding: Happy Ceremonies Craft Welcome Bag
The dried flower trend is still going strong! This craft-colored gift bag features a boho-inspired boutonnière, and the attached label can be customized with your names and wedding date. Fill the bag with sweet treats like local honey, homemade granola, and jam for a gift that they'll definitely be taking home.
For an Italian-Inspired Wedding: Peach Box Co. Night in Italy
Whether you're celebrating your nuptials on the Amalfi Coast or are hosting a rustic Italian feast in your hometown, this Italian-themed box is exactly what you need to transport your guests to "la dolce vita." Featuring delicious treats like tiramisu truffles and luxe entertaining pieces, it's a splurge that will make a big impression.
For Destination Weddings: SS Weddings Personalized Duffle Bag
Perfect for making your guests feel at home on your destination wedding weekend, a customized monogrammed duffle is a great carry-on for them to pack a trip's worth of souvenirs. The best part? They'll be sure to use it again and again for future trips, the gym, and everything in between.
What to look for in a wedding gift bag
Let your wedding style be your guide. "We always recommend keeping the gifts aligned with the overall theme and feel of the wedding," says Lopez. If you're having a rustic woodland ceremony, go with a bag that's more natural in design and material, and add in handmade, local food items. For a beach wedding, look for useful gifts that your guests may have forgotten (think sunscreen, bug spray, or flip flops). And personalization is always a good idea, whether it's custom totes with your bridal party's names or favors that are tailor-made with the couple's monogram.
"We recommend going with timeless items that are useful in everyday life," says Lopez. The only question is, between dress shopping and cake tastings, when will you find time to handpick said gifts? Not to worry, we have it all covered.
Do I have to gift my wedding guests?
Although it is a lovely gesture, it’s not a requirement—memories of the event and time together are also a huge takeaway from your big day. Don’t feel pressured to overextend yourself if wedding favors are not in the budget. It is recommended to gift something, however small, to people who have contributed the most time and resources to your event (the maid of honor, best man, and parents).
How can I gift my guests or wedding party on a budget?
Don’t feel the need to go all out—it’s truly the thought that counts. To save some money, consider DIY-ing some personalized gifts for your guests and wedding party. Handmade favors or baked goods can go a long way without breaking the bank.
How do I know what to gift my wedding party?
Consider gifts that reflect the style of your wedding theme. For instance, a beach theme might lend itself to rattan totes, customized seashells, elegant parasols, or monogrammed throw blankets. A barn wedding could feature homemade jams or rustic mason jar flower arrangements.
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