Destination Wedding Favor Ideas

Wedding Gift BagsDestination weddings make up a very large portion of all weddings nationwide, so it only makes sense to have wedding favors that reflect that type of occasion. While its fine and dandy to have normal types of favors at the reception hall on the tables, having something that is thoughtful and useful for your guests that have traveled a great distance to be with you on your big day is a very courteous notion. Depending on the type of wedding you are having and where it will be geographically, you can use a combination of common sense and budget room to determine what you want to do. However, regardless of where you are having your destination wedding, there are some common travel gift ideas that all guests can appreciate which I have outlined below.

Coffee or Tea

While not everyone might jump to the conclusion that a gourmet coffee or fine tea would make a good wedding for, nothing is more relaxing after a stint of traveling than a nice cup of your favorite beverage. Since having a destination wedding almost always means your guests are going to be put up in a hotel room for a few days, having some good tasting coffee and tea for the morning instead of the freeze dried pouches that they usually leave in the room can be a real treat and ensure that your guests are in a good mood on the morning of your ceremony.

Gift Bags

If you’re thinking of something a bit more elaborate for your guests, you may want to give them full gift bags when they arrive. If you decide to go this route, you will want to focus on things that your guests may need or might have forgotten such as sunscreen or body lotion; though the specifics can vary depending on where your destination wedding is taking place. You will also want to include something fun like bubble bath, long wedding sparklers, or scented candles to give them a luxurious feel to their stay. Whatever you choose to put into your gift bags, just try to keep it relevant to your location and the needs of your guests and they are sure to love and appreciate the effort.

Personalized Towels

For a personalized touch, you can give your guests some premium personalized towels. While something as luxurious and expensive as premium towels with a personalized embroidered message for each guest isn’t possible for large weddings with hundreds of guests, most destination weddings are much more intimate and are reserved for only your closest friends and family members. Your guests will love the soft feel of their very own towel instead of a hotel towel, and the big benefit is that they can continue to use the gift for years to come at home.


Favors for Sendoff Lines

Favors for Sendoff LinesSendoff lines are a very popular way to exit your wedding reception and head off to your honeymoon in style. Sometimes called a “grand exit” or “farewell line”, most guests really enjoy the fun and excitement of lining up along the aisle as you make your hasty getaway. Traditionally, rice and birdseed are the most common types of items used to make the sendoff line more interesting, but companies have been adding new ideas and items into the marketplace over the years to give couples a little more variety when it comes to their favors for sendoff lines and other interactive parts of the celebration. I have comprised a list of my favorites to help you think outside the box and make your sendoff line as memorable as possible.


Ribbons are a fun way to add some movement to the sidelines of your sendoff and they really show up great in pictures. You can buy multi-colored ribbons specifically designed for sendoff lines that are basically a long stick to hold onto and a long ribbon hanging off the end. As your guests and their children waive their ribbons and you make your dash down the line, the busy movement and variety of colors will create some amazing effects for your wedding photographer to capture.


Sparklers are another item that can be captured on film quite easily, and they are also a favorite among wedding guests. Many couples choose sendoff line sparklers over traditional items like rice and birdseed because they more fun, more memorable, and nearly as inexpensive. You can buy sparklers for your sendoff line for literally pennies each, so you can get plenty of them for a very limited amount of money. They also double as wedding favors, so you can save some money instead of having to buy favors for your sendoff line and reception tables.

Confetti and Party Poppers

Another common and remarkably fun item is party poppers or just loose confetti. Everybody loves making a mess, so shooting streamers from the poppers or throwing handfuls of loose confetti in the air truly appeals to children people of any age. The major benefits to using confetti or party poppers as favors for sendoff lines is that the colors, shapes, and sizes are virtually limitless. However, they make a tremendous mess that can be very difficult to clean up so you need to check with your venue to make sure they can be used. Some venues don’t allow confetti or may require an additional cleanup fee if you plan to make that type of mess.