If your guests are travelling across the globe to celebrate your love story with you, it’s likely that it will involve an overnight stay or more. Show your guests your appreciation and make them feel at home with a destination wedding welcome bag. This is a lovely touch that your guests will adore, and it’ll help to set the scene for what’s to come. Plus, they’re a fabulous alternative to wedding favours! So, if you fancy the thought of spoiling your friends and family with something special, find out how to create the loveliest wedding welcome bag for your big day.
First things first, your destination wedding welcome bag needs a handwritten note! This purse-friendly present is incredibly personal, so thank your guests for taking the time and spending the money to join you in your far-flung location. Make it extra personal by explaining why you couldn’t imagine saying, ‘I Do’ without them there – even if it’s because of their epic dance moves!
Chances are, your guests will be jetting to your destination wedding in a plane, which is renowned for dehydrating the skin. Treat your guests to a mini pamper pack – a simple face mask and a mini bubble bath will do the trick.
If your guests are staying for a few days or even a week, it might be nice to include a brief local guide to the area so they can head off exploring in their spare time. Include any delicious eateries or attractions that are close by. To get your guests in the spirit, why not include some regional specialties? For instance, if you’re tying the knot in Italy, a small bottle of olive oil will be a wonderful addition. It might also be nice to explain why you’ve chosen to marry abroad – does this particular place hold memories for you and your soon-to-be husband or wife?
After hours of travelling, get the party started for your friends and family by packing a mini bottle of bubbles or beer in your destination wedding welcome bag. This is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser and your friends and family will look forward to having something to sip. For the younger guests, we recommend including an entertainment pack in your wedding welcome bag. Puzzles, balloons, crayons and paper will go down well amongst the children and it’ll keep them occupied while the adults are cracking open their fizz!
Stop your guests from getting peckish by including handmade cookies, biscuits and other treats in their welcome bags. You can tie them in plastic bags with ribbons that fit in with your chosen colour scheme or wedding theme. Don’t forget, you’ll find plenty of ideas and inspiration for your destination wedding over on the blog, so if you haven’t decided on your wedding style there’s still time!
Let’s not forget the holiday essentials! If you’re tying the knot abroad it might be nice to include sunscreen, insect repellent, paper fans and even flip-flops.
A hangover recovery kit is an absolute must for any destination wedding, so pack the items that you think your guests may have forgotten. We’re talking paracetamol, small bottles of water and maybe even sunnies to hide the black bags!
If you’re still stuck for items, why not include a few of your favourite things? You might be renowned for enjoying a crossword, so include a crossword book for your guests to tackle while they’re away. Are scented candles at the top of your list? Include a small candle in each welcome bag for your guests to enjoy when they get home.
We also love the idea of including a memory card for your guests to fill out after your nuptials – ask them to make a note of their favourite memory of your big day. This is a lovely fit if you want something different to a traditional guest book.
Before you start handing out your welcome bags, don’t forget to think about how you’re going to present them. You can use a canvas bag, wicker basket or even a box! Customise it with pretty ribbons, tissue paper and your ‘wedding logo’. Destination wedding welcome bags are thoughtful yet practical, and options are endless. You’ll have so much fun creating them! What will you be putting in yours? If you are currently planning your destination wedding or booking your honeymoon, you can register an account for free by clicking here.
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