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The Rise of the Wedding Tote Bag

wedding tote bagsGuests attending out of state or destination weddings are leaving with party favors more premium than they may have expected. Tote bags for weddings - and the goodies lovingly tucked within - have been getting more popular for years, especially at destination weddings. Wedding tote bags were even used at the recent royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The lucky guests at the royal wedding in 2018 found there not only the apotheosis of the wedding gift tote bag, but a priceless monogrammed memento filled with such treasures as gold chocolate coins bearing the royal couple’s initials, bottled water, gift shop vouchers, shortbread, a refrigerator magnet, and more. The gauntlet had been thrown down, and the days of the pocket watch and luxury almonds were over.

Since the royal wedding, creative wedding planners, brides, and grooms, have thanked traveling guests with gift totes filled with increasingly generous suites of sweets and treats. 

What’s in the Bag?

Aside from the necessities and standbys - bottles of water, koozies, flasks, and packages of mints - all of which can be spruced up, personalized, and emblazoned with a couple’s names, wedding dates, guest initials, and company logos, wedding tote bags are being filled with creative and relevant niceties. Popular items include local maps, grooming kits, gift cards and coupons for local restaurants, bars, and attractions, and goods specific to the wedding’s location in the form of local food and drink and crafts.

Other things that are being used for wedding welcome totes are device chargers, USB cables, fruit, lint rollers, wrinkle release spray, dry shampoo, body sprays, travel sewing kits, stain removal sticks, hand sanitizer, and bottle openers. 

If you're planning a wedding, then a gift bag may just seem like one more unnecessary item on your to-do list. But for out-of-town guests, these gifts can be a godsend, especially if they include local maps, coupons, or activity recommendations. Whether the tote bag is intended as a welcome gift or a final farewell, this can be a great way to say "Thank You" to your wedding guests. 

Heavy duty canvas totes or cotton totes are usually the most popular choices for wedding guests. However, the most important thing isn't what the bag is made of or what's inside. What matters is the thought and care you put into arranging your wedding guest bags.