Chances are, you won’t be able to greet all your guests upon their arrival, so a thoughtfully packed destination wedding welcome bags are a great way to say, “Hello, we’re glad you’re here!” It can be waiting to greet your guests as they arrive in their hotel room, whether they are from out of town, another country or you are all travelling for a destination wedding.
Destination Weddings are a popular option for the modern couple. Whether you are travelling around the world or just to cottage country, you want to do all that you can to make your guests feel pampered, welcomed and appreciated. These simple “Welcome To Our Wedding bags” are a great favour option that can be stuffed with treats and information and left for each guests in their hotel room as a surprise when they check in.
These compact simple bags will contain their treats and also serve as an additional bag for organizing, travelling to the beach, local attractions and even serve as an additional carry-on for the return flight.
Who doesn’t appreciate a little but of star treatment? Think about your wedding activities and pack your bags accordingly.
Destination Wedding Welcome Bags “Survival Kit” ideas
~ Lip Balm
~ Reusable plastic tumbler
~ Local postage stamps & postcards
~ Basic health supplies (individually wrapped antacids, lozenges, bandaids)
(Let your guests purchase and bring their own “drugs”. Check with the travel agent or search online for ailments common to your destination and send out a list with the travel details in advance
~ Snacks -The mini-bar in the hotel rooms have tempting but very expensive snacks and beverages. (granola bars, nuts dried fruit and hard candy all travel well) Tuck in some snacks that you brought from home or purchase some locally (plaintain chips, tortillas, dried tropical fruit) if you are arriving prior to your guests and have time to source it and experiment. After the first night, your guests will know the drill and will be prepared for their own snacks and beverages if necessary
~ Gum and Mints – These travel easily and are inexpensive so tuck some into each bag
~ Powdered drink crystals can be included with several bottles of water
~ Cleaning wipes with instructions to give the light switches, remote control, doorknobs, faucet and toilet flusher a quick sanitizing wipe. I have heard horror stories about the Norwalk Virus grounding every single person in a group vacation. No need to be uptight about it but a few precautions can prevent some of the common infections that can travel through a resort.
~ Playing Cards
~ Colouring and other Activities
~ Disposable Camera for each child
~ Healthy Snacks
~ Colourful flip flops or beach hat
~ Sand toys
Destination Wedding Welcome bags are certainly not essential. Your guests will be excited to join you and will have thought to bring many of the items you would include but it is a kind gesture and one of the small details that are left up to the couple. Personal touches are limited when you are buying a destination wedding package. You could add a heartfelt welcome letter that can be customized for each guest with memories and photos. One nice thing about a destination wedding is that you are more likely to have a deep and long term relationship with all of the attending guests so you would have personal messages to share with each person.
Discuss this idea with your local planner/wedding concierge to iron out any wrinkles. There may be a service fee to distribute the bags and they may also have some helpful tips on items that you can add last minute for some local/cultural flare! Your guests will sense your extra special attention to detail when they peek into and use the items you included in their destination wedding welcome bags!