Post # 1
I’m in need of your expertise again.
Are wedding favors “expected” at destination weddings? We are getting married at an all inclusive resort in Jamaica. We want to give our guest a THANK YOU for making the choice to travel to our wedding.
We thought about favors or welcome bags. Is there an afforable way to do this without breaking the bank or will I ever think about this after the wedding? We have 20 people confirmed now but this could increase to about 30-36 people in the next couple of months
If you have done this were there any issues with customs cost? Was it worth it?
Did you do something diffrent?
Thanks for your help.
Post # 2
I don’t think favors are a big deal, but I would at the very least do little bags of candies.. maybe even personalized m&ms or something?
Post # 3
jenilynevette: Thanks! We did think about that. Might be the most affordable option if everyone decides to come.
Post # 4
MrsBlake2015: FI and I are actually doing what PP said- personalized M&M’s. We got them in the other day and we love them!
Post # 5
I’m doing welcome bags. I ordered some stuff here to pack and bring (advil to go, sunscreens, the bags, etc) and then when we get to Mexico we are going to go to costco to get waters, beers and snacks to add into them. If thiers a store where your going it’s an easy way to do it.
Post # 6
Our favors were chocolates in self-made boxes (my MIL did them!) with our names and wedding colors. We brought the several boxes of chocolates in our luggage from Europe – for 40 people, you won’t need that many. If you use pouches rather than boxes, they would fit nicely into your suitcase and I doubt you would have problems bringing them into the country. Then you just fill the bags with chocolates the day before.
Post # 7
MrsBlake2015: we went to a friends wedding in Mexico and she gave maracas as favors. It was super cute, and they doubled as the “kissing” thing in place of the clinking glasses- you shook your maraca instead! I don’t know about Jamaica but I would be careful about transporting a large qty. of food like candy with you. The Mexican authorities gave her grief about the bottled water (with custom labels) she brought because of the qty (36) could technically look like it is product to be sold.
Post # 8
MrsBlake2015: We did both welcome bags and favours for our wedding in DR. The welcome bag we gave per family/room and it contained useful, travel-sized items for the trip such as sunscreen, advil, pack of pistachios, gummy candy, toothpaste, band-aids, hand sanitizer, air freshener and a large, double-walled plastic travel cup. The cup was for our guests to get drinks while they were by the pool/beach as many resorts only have small cups plus the heat melts your drink pretty fast. I picked up stuff from Target, Wal-mart, Amazon as well as Bath & Body Works and the travel cups I got at the dollar store. I got the reusable fabric tote that everything went into from the dollar store as well. Our guests were were really happy with the welcome bag and they used pretty much all the stuff in it while we were down there….including the band aids! We gave out the welcome bags on the day that everyone arrived at the resort, after they had settled into their rooms. The 4 kids (aged 2-9) who attended got their own individualized, age-appropriate welcome bags that contained pool toys, a kite, small box of goldfish crackers, card game, mosquito repellent stickers and sand toys.
For favours, which we gave out at our reception, we wanted mementos that represented DH and I as well as our wedding location in DR. From my culture we had 2 tea bags that were in mini pyramid boxes, 4 coasters that had vintage photos of the city DH was born in and a tiny bottle with sand and shells from the beach at the resort.
To answer some of your questions, no issues with customs at all, in retrospect we were really happy we did them and we had 40 guests. We wanted to really show our guests how much we appreciated the time and money that they spent to come to our wedding so we had no hesitation in doing both a welcome bag and favours.
Post # 9
After much back and forth, we did not do favors for our destination wedding. I was planning to do welcome bags but then we decided to host brunch at the hotel the morning after the wedding. We also did a big dinner for everyone who traveled the night before the wedding. The brunch was about $30pp and we had over 100 guests so I didn’t feel bad about skipping the welcome bags.
Post # 10
We got married in Mexico and we have personalized fans as favors.
Post # 11
MrsBlake2015: I know I am in the minority on Weddingbee in my opinion on this, but my favorite “favors” at weddings I’ve attended have been when the couple made a charitable donation in lieu of a traditional favor. To be completely honest, other than the charitable donations, I don’t remember what the favors were or if I even got one at any other wedding I’ve ever attended.
If you decide to do a traditional favor, just don’t do any large liquids (guests won’t be able to carry them on) or anything too heavy (again, luggage issues) since you are having a destination wedding.
Post # 12
The large insulated drinking cup would be the most useful at an all-inclusive. They give you such small glasses and it’s a pain to have to go to the bar so often. Give them as a welcome gift and forget about favors.
Post # 13
I don’t think I would care about either particularly. A snack for the room may be nice though.
Post # 14
I am planning to do all of these but I voted for Welcome Bags as they are the first impression your guests will get when they arrive. Why not throw in a personal hand written note to thank them for coming right in the gift bag? I will be extremely appreciative that these folks made the trip to take part in our special day. I hope I’m over budgeting but I have about $1,000 set aside for the welcome bags and favors. The wedding favor will be VERY simple (probably a chocolate bar with a self made wrapper with our names and date) since I plan to go all out on the welcome bags.
Post # 15
MissLibra: MrsBlake2015: We weren’t going to do favors (other than the welcome bags provided complimentary by the hotel) but near the end of planning our wedding coordinators starting offering locally painted marcacas for $2/ea. They weren’t personalized with our names or anything, but they were colorful, had a small painting of the beach, etc. on them, and said ‘Cozumel, Mexico’. We thought it would be a fun souvenior for our guests of their trip to Cozumel. It was especially nice that they originated in Cozumel, so I didn’t have to bring them. I did make little signs that said “Shake at the kiss” and that was really fun! People kept using them throughout the reception instead of the glass clinking, and they were actually a pretty hot commodity. We had to snatch an extra pair to keep for ourselves, because everyone loved them and took them home!