Post # 1
My fiance’ and I are having a destination wedding with just immediate family members and friends. Our wedding is going to be in Guanacaste, Costa Rica and we are deciding what to include in the welcome bags. So far we have:
- Flip flops
- Fan (battery operated)
- Traveling pills i.e alka seltzer, aspirin, anti-diarrhea(TMI)
- Insect Repellent
- Personalized bottle water
- Some type of Costa Rican traditional treats ie. candy, costa rican liquor, sweets.
Basically I’m looking for more ideas. We decided because we’re having such a small gathering (19 people) that we will splurge on gifts. We also are throwing around an idea of gifting each couple with a polaroid camera, with a theme of “Our Wedding Through Your Eyes.” The ideal is for everyone to take pics during their weekend there and gift us any pics they’re willing to share and we’d incorporate those pics in the decor for the reception we plan on hosting for extended family when we return, perhaps as centerpieces. Thoughts?
BTW: We will have a professional photographer/videographer the day of the ceremony, we just thought it’d be nice to have personalized memories from those closest to us.
This topic was modified 2 years, 8 months ago by ny88.
Post # 2
Have you looked into the price of Polaroid cameras and their film? It may be cost prohibitive.
I would include a small bottle of salsa lizano with their presents, that is pretty much the most Tico thing ever.
Post # 3
babeba: I’ve been researching and I’ve found a few under $25.00. I was shocked. The salsa is a great idea! My fiance wants to add coffee, but I wanted to gift that to my father-in-law before dinner.
Post # 4
The very best coffee is what you get at the grocery store – comes in a red and white bag, can’t remember the name, sorry. It is cheap enough to get for everyone though!
is $25 for the camera or a cartridge of film? I have an old polaroid and I haven’t been able to justify buying film for a long time because a) they don’t make it anymore and b) it is super expensive.
Post # 5
It’s for the camera. I’ ve been looking online through google and I couldn’t find bulk of one camera so I thought we’d get different cameras.The pic is the one for $25. There was even one for $7.00!! I think I know what coffee you’re talking about, but my fiance is adamanat about getting it from there. Ugh….
Post # 6
ny88: great list! We got married in Mexico and threw in some of these items (mostly from the dollar store/target)- we had 4 guests (2 couples so really only 2 bags):
-small activity books (I mixed it up so some got sudoku, some got crosswords, others word searches)
-small notepad & pen for their travel notes
-dollar store pool ring floats (they were small enough to blow up ourselves and could be trashed if they didn’t want to take home)
-environmentally friendly sunscreen (alot of snorkeling parks & cenote parks are very careful and do not allow swimmers with regular sunscreen as it can damage the fish/rocks/water)
-I made a little booklet with our itinerary, a spot to write in room #’s if they wanted, a few local coupons, a small map of the immediate area, spanish phrases, and money conversion chart
-Our big splurge for the bags was bubba kegs for everyone- the huge like 60 oz size. I got a stencil & put their names on each. It was great since we were at an AI- we could have the bartender fill them up and go take a walk around town/beach for 2+ hours and our drink would still be slushy when we returned…. I got those on amazon for $14 each…
-The last splurge was we got canvas bags off vistaprint (with my coupon they were $10/each) and I put the outline of mexico on the bag, and a heart over where we got married, and in spanish “I left my heart in isla mujeres”
Post # 7
I really like the idea of insect repellant believe it or not. It’s very practical and not everyone will remember to bring their own. how about some sunscreen as well? and maybe a sun hat? or funky sun glasses?
Post # 8
-have the bag be reusable.
-bug spray and because I get bit no matter how much repellant i have on, I suggest insect bite treatment ( they have those sticks you dab on the bite)
-a postcard or two
-conversion chart for money would be a good idea
-travel water bottle/mug something reusable
-you could put a cheap disposable camera in the bag with directions to take pictures and give back to you. You could process the cameras after the wedding and make a scrapbook
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2014 - Disney
We are doing:
Folder with itinerary, maps, etc
Snacks: Nuts, Bars, fruit
Pack of Tissues
Post # 10
ny88: sorry, I mean from the grocery stores there! It is amazing coffee.
i would definitely check out film prices before you buy a bunch of Polaroid cameras.
Post # 11
Our guests are travelling far, so I wanted to spoil them with the OOT bags. I am including:
Weekend survival kit including: mini 1st aid kit, aloe vera gel, hand sanitizer, tylenol, pepto & advil packs, electrolyte powder packs, mini altoids, insect repellent wipes, and shout wipes
personalized deck of cards
wristlet to hold their room key and tip money
20 oz insulated mug to keep drinks cold at the pool with personalized sticker
I may also include an activity book, but i have to find the right size because my wedding travel materials are getting ridiculous.
Post # 12
I am very particular about flip flops, so unless they were reef sandals with the thin straps, that’d be a waste. I like all of your other items and my favorite types of items are food (snacks and sweets) And water. Nothing needs to be personalized imo but that’s up to you. Sunscreen and aloe vera are great.
Post # 13
BeckyS0: That’s a great idea! We want to hire a wedding planner because we have no idea how to prepare for a wedding from the states. Did you work with a wedding planner? If so, did you do diy and shipped it or did you let the planner quote you prices for the items you wanted?
Post # 14
Shkragoldfish: Are you referring to those sandles with cloth on top? We were thinking of sandals like these.
Post # 15
we did our plastic cups (for drinking at the all inclusive resort), sunscreen, itinerary, hand sanitizer, and a money holder for tips