Wedding Takeaways



BY JAMIE LOBER

The wedding bells are ringing, and the spotlight is on the bride and groom. Part of making sure that everything goes perfectly is ensuring that your guests have something to take home in order to remember the momentous occasion. A thoughtfully planned gift bag is a fantastic way to say “thank you” and keep guests talking for years to come. Guests are coming from near and far, so you want them to know how much their attendance is appreciated.

For out-of-towners, you may want to create a hotel guest bag that welcomes folks to the Tar Heel State. Some beneficial items to include are:

  • Two bottles of water
  • Popcorn, chips, pretzels or nuts to snack on
  • Chocolates or cookies to satisfy sweet cravings
  • Toiletries like a toothbrush, lip balm or suntan lotion
  • A city map and guide book with some attractions starred for the adventurous ones
  • A luggage tag with their name pre-printed to ensure safe travels

After you and your partner have said “I do,” goodie bags should be sitting on the reception table that include items sure to make it easier for friends and loved ones to sail smoothly through the night. Keep in mind that the gift bag sets the tone for the affair. You can choose a canvas tote or craft paper gift bag of your choice and personalize it with your name, wedding date, photo or favorite saying. You can even pick colors that go with your wedding theme and match dresses, linens or flowers. For the crafty and creative bride and groom, you can take matters into your own hands and design your own bag that fits your personalities and venue whether it is an outdoor garden, beach wedding or a ballroom setting. Gold or silver bags can take on a more formal appearance. Now, for the fun part, some creative ideas for items to include are:

  • Disposable camera to capture your favorite moments
  • Package of tissues for those likely to shed a tear or to freshen up your makeup
  • Flip-flops if your feet get tired or sore from dancing the night away
  • A pocket calendar to mark down important events starting today
  • A pack of flower seeds to symbolize how love and beauty grows with care and attention
  • Fortune cookies to bring love, luck and happiness into the future
  • A scented candle to put a feeling of romance in the air
  • Personalized items like a water bottle, t-shirt, towel or mug
  • A personalized CD of the bride and groom’s favorite tunes to reminisce
  • Bottle opener
  • A cake box to take a piece home with you

Some couples choose to give a little something extra to the bridal party and the groomsmen to let them know you value them doing a little extra. Now let us get to it:

  • Personalized totes
  • Personalized robes
  • Heart-shaped keyrings
  • Jewelry box or valet
  • Makeup bag
  • Jewelry with initials
  • Monogrammed coasters
  • Wine glasses
  • Spa gift certificate
  • Photo album or frame

As the evening wraps up, your guests will not only be leaving with wonderful memories but tokens of love that they can keep for a lifetime.


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