Destination weddings are not only beautiful and romantic, but they are also very special. Everyone attending a destination wedding feels like they are going on a vacation, in addition to celebrating the love of a close-to-heart couple.
One idea to show appreciation to your wedding guests is to give them beautiful wedding favors. But if your guests are traveling to attend your destination wedding, then you should make them feel extra special, and one way to show those who have taken the time out to attend your destination wedding, is to present them with a welcome bag or basket.
Many couples prepare beautiful wedding goodie bags that are filled with gifts, souvenirs, and favors. These can be in the form of bags, boxes, baskets, sacks.... whatever works best for you.
Ask the management at the resort or hotel, to hand them to the guests when they check-in, or place them in their rooms. There is nothing quite like arriving into your hotel room to find a beautiful and thoughtful welcome bag filled with goodies right there with a personalised note from you both.
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Here are some ideas on what to include in your destination wedding welcome bags and other tips and details to help you create the perfect welcome bags for your wedding guests.
When it comes to welcome bags or baskets to greet your destination wedding guests with, one of the most important detail to consider is the packaging and wrapping.
Make sure it is practical and something that your guests can reuse. There are so many beautiful options out there you can select from to fill them in with all your goodies. Here are just a few ideas:
- Wicker Baskets
- Wooden Boxes
- Beach Bags
- Customized Totes
Include Your Wedding Details
Your destination wedding guests are in a new city and need all the information they can get to enjoy it. The best way to show them that you have taken care of all the details is to include information about your wedding in the welcome bags such as details about the venue, transportation, timings, dress code, and even a map.
The more details you offer them the better it is, you won't be overwhelmed with everyone calling you and asking you the same questions constantly.
Make sure you attach a nice welcome note to your wedding guests to make them feel special and welcome to your destination wedding.
Fill Your Bags According to Your Destination
Before you start working on the welcome bags for your destination wedding, take into consideration your wedding destination itself. For example, for a beach wedding, fill your welcome bags with useful things your wedding guests will need during their stay like flip flops, towels, sunscreen, and even glass bottles filled with water or juice for a special touch.
For a winter destination wedding, you can add a shawl or pashmina, a hot chocolate kit, an umbrella, a hat, a chapstick, moisturiser, facial masks, and other details inspired by a winter destination.
Snacks and Treats
Everyone loves delicious treats and snacks, so add some savory and sweet snacks to your welcome bags, and even better yet, add local snacks from the place that you are in.
Need more ideas on what to fill in your welcome bags? Here are some additional ideas for you to pick from:
- Shawls or pashminas
- Candies and chocolates
- Luggage tags
- Local treats
- Flip Flops or slippers
- Beach towels
- Souvenirs from your destination
- Straw hats
- Mini first aid kits
- Bottled water
- Glass bottles with juice or any drink you prefer
- Mini alcohol bottles
- Hand cream
- Lip balm
- Personalized mugs or tumblers
- Mini notebooks and pen
- Spa vouchers from the hotel or resort they are staying in