Post # 1
So my fiance and I will be having our destination wedding in St. Petersburg, FL in February. We live in Miami, along with most of our friends and his entire family, but all of my family and some friends will be coming from New York. Since it is a destination wedding for everyone I was planning on putting a cute welcome bag together for everyone, with a bottle of wine, some beach stuff, and a few other small things. My question is, does the welcome bag count as a wedding favor, or do we still need to have small favors for people to take at the reception. Help!
Post # 3
I don’t think you ever have to give a favor. If what you can afford and want to put your effort into is a welcome bag, then go for it!
Post # 4
They would be two separate things. However, unless you have a very original idea for favors, skip them. I doubt anyone would miss them.
Post # 5
i did both, only because i had a good idea for beach favors – i got sandalwood fans for the ceremony. if i didnt want to do that specifically, i would have skipped the favors.
Post # 6
We did both. Not everyone stayed at the hotel where we blocked rooms, and though we tried to get welcome bags to everyone, I know we missed some. But everyone was at the wedding, so I know everyone got our favors there.
Post # 7
- Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna
I am with everyone else. Unless you have a killer, must-have idea skip the favors. Do the bags though, I loved how much our guests used ours. =)
Post # 8
Thanks for the help, everyone! I think we’ve decided that in addition to a welcome bag full of wine, treats, and funny sunglasses to name a few, to do split bottles of champagne as the “favor” as our open bar does not include champagne, and who doesn’t like champange at a wedding, right?! 🙂 We found some from an online vendor for as cheap as $3.00/bottle. We’re actually going to use it as an opportunity for us to toast everyone who is helping make our big day possible.
Post # 9
We only had about 12 guests at our Destination Wedding so we opted not to do favors. No one seemed to miss them, my mom didn’t even say anything about us not having them. We did do Out of Town bags though, with necessities people would need down in Mexico.