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Wedding Guest Gift Bags: 15 Wedding Welcome Bag Ideas

Treat your friends and family to one of these wedding guest gift bags - from what to fill them with to stylish totes and paper options, we've got the whole wedding party covered with our guide

Kraft paper wedding welcome gift bags with dried flower sprigs

Wedding guest gift bags are essentially wedding goodie bags that you give to your guests, either as a way to welcome them to your big day, a form of wedding favour, or as a nice gesture to leave in their hotel room. They're a really lovely way to thank your friends and family for joining you and make everyone feel at home - especially if you have guests travelling from afar. 

Wedding gift bags for guests typically contain little treats and practical items such as information they'll need to know on the day. If you are planning to leave them in their hotel rooms, you might want to pop a few extras in there - headache tablets and mints are always appreciated for the morning after in a wedding hangover kit

Our guide is filled with even more wedding gift bags for guests ideas, as well as the different types of wedding welcome bags you can shop now. We've included everything from wedding guest tote bags (that can totally be used post-wedding) to eco-friendly paper bags and stylish sachets. Follow our guide and you'll have it in the bag! 

What to Put in Wedding Guest Gift Bags

While there are so many ideas that you can put into your wedding guest gift bags, the most important thing is that you find items that you and your partner know your guests will appreciate. Keep it simple and remember that you don't have to weigh your wedding welcome bags down with everything - make sure they are items that are suitable for travelling that your guests are able to take home with them. 

Although they are likely to contain generic wedding day essentials, consider incorporating your personalities and your wedding theme into the wedding gift bags for guests. You could also bear in mind individual guest's needs, such as their favourite snacks or personalised name tags and a handwritten note. A few thoughtful touches can really go a long way!

  • Name tag - personalising each guest bag will make everyone feel extra special. 
  • Water - you'll find tons of cute custom labels on Etsy.
  • Sweet or savoury snacks - little packets of sweets, popcorn or savoury snacks will always go down well. Think about the kind of wedding venue you are having, for example a stick of rock is a lovely idea if you're getting hitched by the coast. 
  • Themed keepsakes - wedding favours that nod to your wedding destination or theme are a great item for your guests to take away. 
  • Mini alcohol bottles - alcoholic wedding favours are a popular choice, so why not put your favourite tipple in the wedding goodie bags for your guests to enjoy. 
  • Weather essentials - getting married in summer? Pop some sun-cream and a fan in there. Umbrellas are also a brilliant idea with unpredictable UK weather. 
  • Hand sanitiser - in this day and age, a little bottle of hand sanitiser is a practical choice and they come in lots of fabulous scents. 
  • Flip flops - for when your guests want to hit the dance floor! 
  • Area map - if you have guests that don't know the location, a map of the area is a handy touch. 
  • Wedding itinerary - give your guests a run-down of the day with a timed list.
  • Thank you card - your loved ones will really appreciate a handwritten message from you and your partner. 

What to Put in Hotel Wedding Guest Gift Bags

If you're planning on putting your wedding welcome bags in your guests' hotel rooms you can include all of the above items, but there may be a few extra things you want to add to pamper or rescue guests the morning after. See our wedding hangover kit guide for even more ideas. 

  • Mints - a burst of peppermint will surely wake your guests right up and leave them feeling fresh. 
  • Toothbrush - forgetful guests will really appreciate this item if it's the one thing they left at home. 
  • Ear plugs - if you plan on partying all night, remember not all your guests will have the same idea. Send them to the land of nod with ear plugs. 
  • Sleep mask - a sleep mask might come in useful too if they are don't tend to sleep well away from home. 
  • Tea bags - although many hotel rooms provide this, a few more tea bags will never go down badly and they are super affordable. 
  • Dry shampoo - weary guests might not have the time (or inclination) to wash their hair in the morning, so save them the hassle with mini dry shampoo bottles. 
  • Wipes - let's face it, no-one wants to scrub their makeup off when heading to bed late. 
  • Pain relief - we'll leave it up to you which type you go for but we can guarantee they'll be a headache-helping crowd pleaser. 

Wedding Guest Bags: From Paper to Tote Bags

Now you have the filling sorted, it's time to think about which type of wedding guest gift bag to go for. There are lots to choose from so pick a bag that is large enough to fit everything in, but not too big that they'll be empty space. Consider your wedding theme and colour, as well as where you want the wedding guest gift bags to be left, such as on table mats or in a wicker basket to the side. 

1. Love Is Sweet Glassine Treat Bags, £9.50 for 10, The Ochre Design Studio

Love is sweet glassine treat bags

These semi-transparent glassine bags are ideal for a sweet treat wedding favour or to leave next to a pick 'n' mix table for your guests' to help themselves to. They can be personalised with the couples and wedding date and are a simple design so will fit into any wedding theme. 

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2. Personalised Wedding Favour Gift Bag, £1.25, Etsy

Botanical wedding guest gift bag

For a wedding guest gift bag with a little more structure, look to this personalised option from Etsy. The botanical print is a really trendy pick and it can be customised with the couples names, the guest name and the wedding date. 

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3. Personalised Wedding Favour Bag, £2.35, Sprinkle More Joy

Personalised pink wedding guest gift bag

Soft pink is a lovely way to add an injection of romance into your wedding day and these cotton wedding guest gift bags do the job perfectly. Pop them on placemats and personalise the wooden tag with your guest names. 

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4. Personalised Gift Bag, from £5.95, Etsy

Grey and white personalised gift bag

Chic, sleek and stylish, this goodie bag has tons of room to fit all kinds of treats and items in. Choose from several different sizes to suit your needs and a coloured font to match your wedding theme. The satin ribbon is a luxe touch. 

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5. Personalised Wedding Favour Bag, £4.95, Pear-Derbyshire

Personalised illustration wedding guest gift bag

One way to upgrade your wedding tablescape is to opt for fun wedding guest gifts bags like these beauties! Customise the characters with different skin tones, hair types, accessories and clothing. They're so special and make a lovely keepsake for your guests to remember your special day by. 

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6. Personalised Burlap Wedding Welcome Bag, from £7.43, Etsy

Burlap personalised wedding guest gift bag

These lovely burlap wedding guest gift bags would suit a rustic wedding venue wonderfully. Choose from several different sizes and colours, including burgundy grey and navy and personalise with your chosen text. There's even the option to have the lettering decorated with glitter!

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7. Personalised Cotton Favour Bags, from £126 for 30, Print for Love

Blue and white personalised cotton wedding guest gift bag

If you have lots of wedding guests to buy for, these drawstring bags could be ideal as you can buy them in bulk making them a lot more affordable. There are lots of different designs available so you can choose your favourite and for a beautiful touch, add some twine and a name tag. 

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8. Personalised Wedding Sweet Bags, £6.45 for 25, Etsy

Botanical design wedding guest sweet bag

Another fabulous sweet treat option, is this paper wedding guest gift bag. They are personalised with your names and wedding date, and come with this gorgeous leaf wreath design. They're only 25p each so are an affordable choice. 

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9. Foil Mint To Be Wedding Favour Packets, 55p, Sixpence Paperie 

Mint to be wedding favour packets

We love a good pun and if you do too, these 'mint to be' wedding favour packets will be right up your street. Fill them with mints, naturally, and pop them on your tablemats for guests to enjoy post-dinner. Choose from several different foiling colours. 

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10. Personalised Gift Bag, £5, Andrea Fays

Christmas personalised wedding guest gift bag

Planning a winter wedding? These festive pouches will fit right in and can be filled with all sorts of seasonal treats. The design isn't too in your face so they will still look chic and stylish when placed on your wedding tables. 

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11. Bomboniere Wedding Favour Bags, £3.50, Paper Princess 

Illustrated people wedding favour bags

Featuring elegant illustrations, these playful gifts bags are sure to put a smile on everyone's face. Although they are made from paper, the heavy-duty rattan handles won't tear and will keep everything safely stored inside. 

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12. Bridesmaid Wedding Gift Bag, £13.95, Kelly Connor Designs 

Gold heart bridesmaid tote bag

If you want to treat your bridesmaids to something a little bit extra, these cotton tote bags are brilliant. They can keep them for years to come and if you fill them with lots of lovely bridesmaid gifts, we are certain they will appreciate the gesture. 

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13. Personalised Wedding Badge Favour Bags, £2.25, Pink Biscuits 

Personalised wedding badge favour bags

This natural drawstring bag doubles up as a wedding goodie bag and a fun wedding favour too thanks to the addition of a personalised badge. All bags include a ribbon too for a glamorous finish. 

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14. Welcome Guest Bag , £1.70, Etsy

Rustic Kraft wedding welcome bags with dried flower sprigs

Keep your wedding guest gift bags super stylish with these Kraft paper bags that are adorned with gorgeous dried wildflower sprigs. We can see these looking lovely at any celebration but an outdoor do or summer wedding especially. The rope handle gives an extra level of luxury. 

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15. Personalised Gift Bag , from £2.50, Etsy

Personalised dark green wedding guest gift bag

Simple and sweet, this personalised guest name bag is available in small, medium or large and with gold, silver, black or white lettering. Forest green is a really popular colour with couples as it gives a natural and fresh look. 

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Still unsure on what exactly you want to fill your wedding guest gift bags with? You'll find lots of unusual wedding favour ideas here