(Closed) Ideas for destination wedding favors….

posted 5 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 2
1504 posts
Bumble bee

We were originally wanting to do like Bubba mugs, but our guest list was much bigger than what we thought. I’ve seen people do travelers necessities with asprins, bug repellent, aloe, sunglasses, etc all in a welcome bag. Maybe a cute beach bag since that would be easy to pack and people can use it on the trip.

Post # 3
47412 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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ambernd :  I would skip the ornament idea. Most people I know either have coordinated decor on their tree, or ornaments that are meaningful to them.

Have you considered buying your favors after you get to Jamaica? Rum, Blue Mountain coffee, rum cake, jerk seasoning would all work.

Post # 4
605 posts
Busy bee

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ambernd :  My friends did shark shaped bottle opener key chains with their names and dates engraved on them. 

Post # 5
4496 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I disagree with julies1949; I would actually love an ornament. You can’t have too many, and it would always remind me of the trip we took to Jamaica. If you are only inviting 9 people, I’m sure your wedding is a very “meaningful” event to them. 

Post # 6
7199 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

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ambernd :  I really love the ornament idea. It would be meaningful to me because I obviously liked you enough to travel to your wedding… and it’s a big vacation for me regardless of the reason. I maybe wouldn’t etch your names all huge on it or something… just the sand and shells and maybe a small ribbon with your names/dates tied at the top. I think it’s an awesome idea. 

Other than that (which seems like it would be a lot of effort), I’d probably get something small while in Jamaica. Rum cake would be cute. Or if you were planning on something like seasoning, maybe pack small containers to take with you so you could divide a larger container up in case you can’t find small ones. In any case- have stickers or ribbons with whatever favor information you want already made and packed. 

Post # 8
3323 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I don’t love the ornament idea either. I’d do something you can pick up locally. Hot sauce, jerk spice mix, something more quintessentially Jamaican. 

Post # 9
5015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2017

How about a travel candle that comes in a tin with a lid?  Provide a nice zipo lighter with it?


Post # 10
10 posts
  • Wedding: June 2017

My sister did the bubba mug thing for all of her 20 guests when she got married in the Dominican a few years ago and I am planning on doing the same because it was awesome. However, this only worked so well because most of the guests were traveling together, so she was able to give them out at the airport to each guest before going through security. Everyone was so excited and we just put them in our carry ons. They were so convinient to have on the resort! I must have had 5 different people stop  me and ask where they could buy one because they’re drinks were too small and got warm too quickly. 

She also had them engraved with a quote and their wedding date so it allowed people to recognize other people who were with our group even if they didn’t necessary know one another.

Just thought I’d share my experience 🙂 I know it may not be feasible if everyone is meeting at the resort!

Post # 11
448 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I love the Jamaican food item idea (rum cake, jerk spice, etc). The ornament wouldn’t do it for me, personally, and I’m honestly pretty sick of these Destination Wedding “emergency kits” with tylenol, bug spray, and cheap flip-flops. I usually throw those away before I fly home. You know your family better than all the rest of us, though – are they more for personalized stuff?

Post # 14
448 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Customs is typically worried with fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, fresh cheeses – things that could carry agricultural disease. A tinned cake soaked in rum or a bag of really good Jamaican coffee won’t set off anyone radar.

Post # 15
236 posts
Helper bee

We had our wedding in Jamaica with only six guests so I really wanted to spoil them with favors but not spend too much and try to make it stuff that would actually be used and appreciated. I put together a bunch of stuff, using a waterproof bag instead of a tote bag or disposable gift bag. 

The items I included were: 

-A small packet of useful stuff like advil, insect repellant wipes, spf chapstick (I trusted that everybody would bring their own sunscreen but thought this might come in handy), recoverors (hangover/travel sickness powder packets), mini lint brushes, goldfish snacks and chocolates, tissues, tropical hand sanitizer, aloe face masks for the girls and lotion for the guys

-tropical printed hand fans

-floating flamingo cup holders

-koozies (no wedding date or names on them, but all Buffalo themed)

-waterproof pouches for cell phone/camera

-turkish towels


The favorite thing was definitely the turkish towels. The resort we were at provided towels but everybody used the turkish towels every day after they got them and told us multiple times how great they were. I found a good deal on Etsy and chose a different color for everybody so it made our beach chairs easy to find when we used them, and they’re super easy to pack because they’re so thin. Second favorite thing was the waterproof cases, but I knew that maybe only one or two of my guests would already have them so if you think your guests probably already have them they’re kind of useless. The flamingos were fun to use once everybody realized they were drink holders not just cute decorations but the koozies got more use. I originally wanted to include bubba mugs or something like that but they would have taken up too much space so I made the towels the main favor instead and I’m glad I did.

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