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Destination Wedding Welcome Bag Gift Ideas Guests Will Love

Destination Wedding Welcome Bag Gift Ideas Guests Will Love
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Whether your wedding locale is in your hometown and guests are coming to you, or better yet, the whole wedding party and invitees are headed to a tropical destination (like Hawaii), chances are your friends and family will be holed up in a hotel for the weekend-long festivities. Show your appreciation for their willingness to travel with a thoughtful and downright necessary wedding welcome bag (or survival kit!) flush with affordable goodies, reusable gifts and ceremony-ready items. Many even double as wedding favor ideas. Check out our checklist, including customizable guest gifts and wedding inspo from Sugarfina, Amazon, Sephora, Nordstrom and more.




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Destination Wedding Welcome Bag with Heart Print


First things first: A cute, reusable tote or canvas bag is a thoughtful way to greet your bridal party and special guests who’ve traveled a long way to help celebrate your big day. Fill this heart-print wedding welcome bag with drinks, snacks, wedding necessities and other special treats or trinkets. This Zazzle wedding tote bag is both practical and customizable: Friends and family can use it to carry sunscreen to the pool for catching some pre-ceremony rays or hang onto it for weekend errands back home. Either way, wherever they tote it, they’ll think fondly of you!

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Fiji Natural Artesian Water


Hydration is a must, not only for the bride and groom but also for everyone involved in celebrating your wedding day. An extra bottle of water upon waking up, especially if they’re baking in the sun throughout a tropical destination wedding weekend, is very necessary for any DIY wedding survival kit. Not to mention that champagne and hangovers go hand-in-hand. They’ll appreciate having a Fiji water bottle handy on their nightstand when taking two aspirin before brunch the morning after.

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Sugarfina Champagne Gummy Bears


Speaking of champagne, these yummy gummies are an adorable faux-bubbly option that makes an equally spirited addition to any wedding welcome bag. Post-dance party snack attacks are a given, so keeping guests’ rooms stocked with sweets will fill their tummies and their hearts with love. Plus, Sugarfina champagne gummy bears are way more elegant and wedding appropriate than the typical deli-style pick ‘n mix offerings.

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Sephora Collection Rouge Balm SPF 20


A rouge lip balm with SPF 20 for lady guests that doubles as a legit pretty lip color is a wedding gift bag score. From beach to bridal suite to ceremony to a post-dinner touch-up, a little lip service takes your best gals a long way. This wedding survival kit must-have and purse staple from Sephora will keep them talking about your nuptials for the rest of the year.

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Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lip Balm Multipack

Price:$9.00 - $

For Him (or Unisex)

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Tweezerman Mini Brow Rescue Kit


This Mini Brow Rescue Kit by Tweezerman is a welcome add-on to any wedding day beauty emergency kit. This eye-opening gift pack is a great little gift for your bridal party and any other special ladies in your life. Packed with travel-size essentials, the kit will keep their brows on point all weekend long, courtesy of the bride.

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Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist with Rosemary SPF 50


Let your guests in on a destination wedding day super weapon with this rosemary-scented setting mist with SPF 50 from Supergoop! The innovative three-in-one mist sets makeup, helps control oil and shiny faces, and defends against any harmful tropical UV rays, making it a wedding survival kit must-have. Available on Nordstrom now, this bottle belongs in your own bridal arsenal.

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Kleenex Everyday Tissues

Price:$26.00 - $

This might seem obvious, but don’t underestimate your guests’ emotional response to your big day. The walk down the aisle, the vows, the first kiss, the first dance, all those touching speeches — tears of joy will be freely flowing and in need of gentle dabs away. Stock their wedding gift bags with a Kleenex tissue pack or two, and they’ll be fully equipped for waterworks all weekend long.

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Buttermints “Mr. & Mrs.” Wrapped Mints


Sure, your guests are there for you, but they’ve also come to socialize. From that groomsman with halitosis to your old aunt with tuna breath, these Mr. and Mrs. Buttermints are yet another wedding survival kit must-have. You can even ask the hotel staff to have housekeepers refresh your block of rooms with extra mints during their daily cleaning session or evening turn-down service.

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Sephora Favorites Perfume Travel Sampler


Yet another way to ensure all your guests smell nice. Purchase a few perfume travel samplers from Sephora and drop one designer fragrance in each wedding gift bag. Favorite scents from Tocca, Tory Burch, Dolce & Gabbana and more will waft along with the ocean breezes as you make your way down the aisle. Just breathe it all in, bridey!

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Johnson & Johnson All-Purpose Portable Emergency First Aid Kit


Ok, it’s not necessarily pretty, but it sure is practical. This 140-piece emergency first aid kit from Johnson & Johnson comes with every item they’ll possibly need (but hopefully won’t) over the wedding weekend. From Band-Aids to itch ointments (ugh, mosquitoes!) to Tylenol and more, they’ll hang onto this wedding survival kit for future vacations and destination weddings.

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Custom Wedding Name Monogram Heart Wood USB Drive


Aside from the wedding bag itself, it’s always nice to include another customizable keepsake. This custom wedding name monogram heart wood USB drive is a great idea for guests who want to store all their photos from your big day in one safe place. It’s yet another small but useful gift they’ll use and enjoy for months or even years to come

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SkinnyPop Original Popped Popcorn 30-Pack


Ah, popcorn: The magical snack that nobody feels guilty about. These 100-calorie individual bags of SkinnyPop are the perfect minor indulgence when your guests finally arrives to their hotel room after a day of travel, when they’re killing time between the ceremony and the party, or when they’ve got a case of the late-night munchies. Plus, popcorn is gluten-free — a bonus for all the bridesmaids watching their figures.

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Drift to Sleep Eye Mask with Two Pairs Soft Foam Ear Plugs


Here’s a gift that’s not only thoughtful, it’s thoroughly dreamy. Destination wedding weekends are packed with travel, celebrating, socializing, beach or pool time, eating and drinking; the one thing your friends and family don’t get a lot of time to do is rest. This comfortable sleep mask is unisex, allowing every guest to enjoy its benefits, whether they need a quick power nap before your nuptials, a deep post-party slumber or a respite on the flight home. And don’t underestimate those additional Moldex ear plugs. Trust us, your grandparents have zero interest in the hotel afterparty going on in the suite next door to their own.

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The New York Times: 36 Hours USA & Canada Book


Finally, if your destination wedding location (or even a nearby city) happens to be featured in this great travel guide courtesy of The New York Times, guests will surely appreciate all the creative, in-the-know suggested itineraries. While they may not get a chance to explore much further than the pool bar of your resort this time, they’ll have something fun to read — and maybe their own romantic trip to plan — on the flight home.