Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Wedding Guest Amenities: Gift Bags & Baskets

It is a thoughtful touch to to leave amenities in the hotel rooms of those guests that have travelled to celebrate with you on your wedding day. A heartfelt sentiment expressed, or a simple token of appreciation is sufficient. The gesture need not be grand.

We were off this past weekend, so I put together a few examples for you.

This lovely kiwi-colored sinamay bag contains a note, bottle of water, and some tea which could be substituted with candies, mints, trail mix, and/or cookies! A sand dollar attached with raffia acts as a gift tag. Bag: Joneses International

I picked up this lime green tote at Dollar Tree and added striped ribbon from the dollar bin at Michaels. Add snacks and a note - Voila!

These next two are beach themed and would work for a single or a family respectively. The bucket (as well as all remaining containers) is from Garden Ridge with flip-flops from Old Navy. I added a towel, some sunscreen, and a bottle of water. Directions might also be helpful.

For the family tote I added flip-flops and towels from Walmart, sunscreen, snacks, and water. This generously sized tote could easily accommodate a beach mat or toys for the little ones.

This next one is an inexpensive group/family option. It includes a puzzle/activity book, trail mix, granola bars, water, and brochures of things to do in the area. And of course a personal note.

Having a green wedding? All of the containers in this post are reusable but if you want to express your feelings for the Earth as well as your guests, the next bag is a great option.

Pair this with some eco-friendly snacks, a reusable water bottle, and a note printed on recycled tree-free paper.

LOVE this next one!

For guests staying in your home or a rental house, this would be a really welcome touch. Plus, the travel bag is an awesome keepsake!

I like the next one for the bridesmaids' rooms:

It comes in several colors and is great for carrying all the makeup, jewelry, and "stuff" that the ladies need on the wedding day. It would also be easily identifiable for your wedding coordinator, when loading the limo or if items are needed during the event!

*Tip: Include directions and an itinerary for all wedding related events. Brochures and coupons for local attractions would also be appreciated.

I did not have the time (or inclination) to make tags for the bags or labels for the water but customizing would certainly take your gifts up a notch.

Check back later this week for my post on some of my favorite resources for bags, tags, and labels.


carolyn said...

Hey, thanks for this. I am doing OOT boxes (gable boxes) and I was trying to come up with more ideas of what to put in there.

isha said...

Based on your venue, you could do movie theater candy!

isha said...

Editors note: I forgot to mention the Virginia themed items - mermaids, "Virginia is for Lovers" items, saltwater taffy, Virginia peanuts - yummy!

rosanam said...

That bag at the end is so cute. Where is it from? I really want to do this for the beach house we are renting for all of the bridal party!

isha said...

Garden Ridge!

Erin @ Bride Design said...

The bags you show are all thoughtfully made and would definitely welcome any guest. Great ideas!

Leonie said...

Oh, I want one of these cute little goodie bags. They are so adorable :) I think I may do something like this for my Mum and Nana who are coming from New Zealand for the wedding, a VA bag. That is so cool. Isha, can you help me with this because I am not allowed to leave the house!!! See what happens when your intentions are good, I tried to get a head start on my thank you notes and bang!!!

nadine said...

where did you find the pink & black
gingham bag?


isha said...

The pink & black bag is from Garden Ridge.

Sinamay bags said...

As I check your gift recommendations, I can really tell that whoever will receive a gift like this will really love it.