Should you Have Gift Bags at your Wedding?

November 01, 2021

A wedding is all about creating a memorable and enjoyable experience for the bride, groom, bridal party, and wedding guests. With some guests traveling to join the celebration, it can be nice to provide them with a gift bag when they check into the hotel. This step is not necessary, but it is a nice touch for people who have traveled for the wedding.


Should you have gift bags at your wedding?


There is no rule that states you have to offer your long-distance guests a gift bag, but because they have traveled to be at your wedding, it is a nice touch. Gift bags can include many things, but they usually at least include these three.


  1. An itinerary. The most important thing to include is an itinerary of the wedding day’s events along with the map if necessary. An itinerary will ensure your guests have all the information they need, including essential phone numbers, addresses, and even methods of transportation provided to them so they can arrive at the venue promptly.
  2. A thank you note. After an itinerary, it’s important to include a thank you note. A thank you note is a nice way to show your gratitude for their presence on your big day.
  3. Sweet and savory goodies. Finally, who doesn’t love a sweet treat? Adding chocolates, gummies, or popcorn is a nice way to personalize your gift bags and make them unique to you. You can also add something unique to the location, such as pralines for the South or your state’s official cookie.

A lot goes into wedding planning, but one thing you should not forget is gift bags for your out-of-town guests. Gift bags are not required, but they can make out-of-town guests feel more welcomed and included, and they can also provide valuable information to make sure that your wedding guests enjoy their stay.