Things to include in your guest packs
A welcome gift bag is the perfect way of thanking your guests for attending your wedding, whether you have 5 guests or 50. It can also be used as a means of welcoming them to the destination if you can't be there to greet them personally. Whilst welcome packs are appropriate for any wedding, they are even more important for a destination wedding.
Here's a few tips of what to include in your pack:
Make it easier for your guests to enjoy the destination by including a map, guide books, tourist information, coupons to any local businesses, and restaurant recommendations. A simple language phrase book wouldn't go amiss either.
Contact details and schedule of events
Even though you've probably already sent them a schedule of events, be sure to include another copy just in the case the original got misplaced or left behind. A list of your guests together with their contact phone numbers will also be handy, as will informing them of other guests staying in the same hotel.
Be sure to include either a hand written gift card or a short letter thanking your guests for coming and hoping they enjoy themselves.
Putting all of the information and goodies into a tote bag makes for a great welcome pack holdall. Personalise it with your names and date of the wedding or leave it blank. Your guests will love having a handy bag they can take to the pool or the beach.
Snacks and drinks
A few tasty snacks are a nice idea together with a couple of bottles of water. Of course, if you prefer, you can substitute the water for a bottle of bubbly, a bottle of local wine, or even a miniature alcoholic drink.
As far as beach destination weddings are concerned sun screen is of paramount importance. Why not provide a small bottle of sun screen, a lip balm and a bottle of after sun moisturiser. You could also include a pair of flip flops for your guests to wear on the beach during the ceremony, or to change in to later when their feet are tired after dancing.
Toys for couples with children
It's always thoughtful to provide a small toy for any children in the wedding party. It will keep them amused and their parents will thank you too.
Finally, incorporating a small souvenir of the destination is a good idea to remind them of their destination and by adding local spices or sauces, an artisan candle, or even a towel, it also adds a bit of local flavour.
Remember when sourcing the contents of your welcome pack to include items which can be used at the destination so that guests don't have the added worry of packing and carrying gifts home with them.
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