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Your guests have have traveled a long way to celebrate this momentous occasion with you.  What better way to show your appreciation and make your wedding guests feel at home?

Depending on flight schedules, you may not be able to greet all your guests personally upon arrival.  Consider having the welcome bags hand delivered by your wedding party or the staff at the hotel.

Destination Wedding Welcome Basket Contents

A Welcome Letter:

Let your guests know how happy you are that they are able to share in the joy of your special day.  Depending on the number of baskets you need, you may want to print your letters but sign each by hand for a personalized touch.

Wedding and Events Schedule:

Include a list of the optional and ‘required’ wedding events.  Make sure you include the date, time , location, and dress as well as any other important details for each event.

Contact Information:

Guests will not want to disturb you and your fiance as you prepare for your vows.  Assign a trusted friend or family member to be the point of contact for your guests in case they have any last minute questions of problems.  Be sure to include a mobile number as well as the land-line number to their hotel.

Also, depending on your mobile carrier, you may want to consider purchasing a pre-paid mobile phone for yourself and your contact person while on island.    AT&T has the best service on island.  Sprint is available on island as well, but Verizon, T-mobile and others either roam or do not have service on island.

Map and Entertainment Information:

It is a great idea to include directions and a map, as well as taxi and car service information.   You may also want to include a list of recommended local restaurants and entertainment including the pricing, phone numbers, menu’s etc.  Maps and guidebooks are often available for free at your destination.

 

More Destination Wedding Welcome Basket Ideas:

In addition to the basics, you may want to include a few gift items in your wedding welcome bag or basket that lend a personal touch and make your guests feel at home.  However, be sure to keep things simple for your guests.  Be mindful that your guests may not have access to a refrigerator or have space to for bulky items in their suitcase.  Also, keep in mind that plant life and fruit cannot be carried back to the mainland.

Tote Bag:

Consider using a bag instead of a basket.  Large baskets are beautiful but are bulky and difficult to pack.  A tote bag or beach bag is a gift in itself for an island wedding.

Local or Thematic Snacks:

Snacks are always a great option for a welcome basket and local items make your basket unique.  Local herbal tea or rum make a perfect addition for a St. Thomas destination wedding gift basket.  Seashell shaped cookies or chocolates set the tone for a beach wedding.

Destination Essentials:

A destination care kit is always a great option.  You may want to include items your guests may find handy on island  such as sunscreen, flip flops, a hat or visor, insect repellant, water, disposable cameras, beach towels.

Regardless of the items you choose for your baskets, be assured, your gift will be greatly appreciated.

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