How to Make Gift Bags for the Wedding Party
Show your appreciation with thoughtful and unique gift bags
By Jen Whitten
Your wedding party provides assistance with the planning details and emotional support when stress takes its toll. You appreciate every moment they spend thinking about your wedding and want to give each member a small token to thank her or him for everything. Giving a heartfelt gift is about more than knowing how to make gift bags for the wedding party, it is about selecting an item to make someone smile. Combine careful thought over the gift selection with classic gift-wrapping techniques to create something memorable.
- What You Need to Know
- Think about the passions and hobbies of each of your wedding attendants and incorporate their interests into the gift bags.
- Try to incorporate wedding party gift bags into a larger activity, such as a trip to a concert or the bachelorette party in Las Vegas.
Set a budget for your bridal party gifts. While creating a gift bag of inexpensive items seems like a way to save money, multiple items for each person can cost more than one larger gift. Know how much you can afford per person before shopping.
Look for ways to make ordinary items special. Picture frames are staple gifts for any event. Make it special by adding photos from the wedding party outing or rehearsal dinner. You can also give a frame with the promise of sending a wedding photo from the album.
Create a theme for your wedding party gift bags. Unifying your gift selections with a single idea focuses your shopping efforts so you can spend less time browsing. Spa items are thoughtful for bridesmaids while golf accessories are possibilities for groomsmen. Or you can craft your gift bag around a group outing. Include event tickets or homemade vouchers for a group activity in the gift bag for the bridal party. Add chocolates or gourmet popcorn for immediate enjoyment.
Put effort into your presentation. Select containers and tissue paper that reflect the personality of your wedding attendants or follow your wedding's theme. Add extra ribbons and arrange tissue paper so that it is not wadded and wrinkled.
Present the gift in a meaningful way to each person. Instead of setting the gift bags on the table, hand them to the wedding party members at the bachelor or bachelorette party or after a group lunch. Use the opportunity to articulate your appreciation in front of the guests.
About the Author
Jen Whitten is a freelance writer and worked in the event and wedding planning fields.
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