Post # 1
Does anyone have any good advice for destination wedding favors? Thing is they will have to be small and easily portable as we would be bringing them to Jamaica with us in our luggage. We have 9 guests.
We we are getting married mid December, I had the idea of sending all the guests a plastic or glass Christmas ornament filled with Jamaican sand, some small seashells, and topped with a ribbon that says thank you on it. I thought I would send them by fedex as soon as we got home so they would get them in time for Christmas which is 10 days after we return.
But I kind of thought it may be nicer for our guests to have something they could take with them that day. But considering everyone is traveling I don’t know what is feasible yet still nice. Any suggestions?
Post # 2
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
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
My friends did shark shaped bottle opener key chains with their names and dates engraved on them.
Post # 5
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
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 # 7
The ornaments, it would just be our immediate family members attending and receiving them. Also it wouldn’t be personalized with our names,either a nice ribbon with thank you on it, or a plain ribbon.
Im hesitant to plan on going shopping for gifts once we get to Jamaica. We will only have one full day there before the wedding and I don’t want the pressure. I may bring small gift bags and if I see anything in the resorts gift shop maybe I can fill those.
i love the bubba mug idea and was actually seriously considering them when it was just 4 guests, but now that we upped it to 9 they would take up more than half my suitcase lol.
Post # 8
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
How about a travel candle that comes in a tin with a lid? Provide a nice zipo lighter with it?
Post # 10
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
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 # 12
what size mugs did you get? 5 guests are flying with us so that may be a good idea. Then I would only have to pack 4.
Post # 13
I’m worried about food stuff and customs. Spice would be fine though.
Post # 14
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
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
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.