Must Haves for Destination Wedding Welcome Bags

Planning a destination wedding is a great way to save on wedding expenses and to cut back on your guest list. As not all guests can afford the trip, you might have just a dozen people on hand to watch you exchange vows. Though traditional weddings often treat guests to goodie bags that they can take home with them, with a destination wedding, you can give your guests welcome bags that thank them for coming and include helpful things they can use during their stays.

Snacks and Drinks

No matter where your wedding takes place, make sure that you include a few snacks and drinks in your welcome bag. Those snacks will come in handy if your guests need to wait for your wedding to start or if there is a delay between the ceremony and reception. Fresh fruit that they can eat on the go is a good choice, but you might add a few candy bars, energy bars or single serving bags of nuts, chips and pretzels. Don’t forget to include at least one bottle of water per person. You may want to add some alcoholic drinks too.

Useful Gifts

Give your guests useful things that they can use over the course of the week or weekend. If you plan a wedding in a tropical location, consider giving guests flip-flops for walking on the beach or a reef safe sunscreen that protects them while out and about in the sun and water. If your wedding takes place on a mountain in the middle of winter, you can give guests hats and gloves that they can wear while skiing. You’ll even find badge holders that you can customize, which they can use for holding their lift passes.

Something for Later

Wedding goodie bags often include gifts that guests can use later that will remind them of your big day. Even if you head off to a far flung destination for your wedding, you can still treat your guests to some of the same things. Just make sure that you choose smaller items that will fit in their luggage. Look for things that won’t break or shatter on the flight home. You might give them refillable water bottles with your names and wedding date on the front or a jigsaw puzzle with a picture of the two of you on the front. Another idea is a gift voucher to a store they can use at home.

Wedding welcome bags are a great way to thank your guests for flying out for your destination wedding. Customize your bags to include snacks and drinks as well as gifts your guests can use now and things they can use later.

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