How to Show Your Friends and Family Love at Your Destination Wedding

Being a recent bride myself, I know how much wedding couples want to show their friends and family a good time and how much you care about them.  They are joining with you to celebrate this amazing day in your life, and you want to return the favor and show them some love, too!  Having a destination wedding gives you unique opportunities to let your friends and family know how thankful you are for being a part of your big day.  Read on for some of our favorite ways to show your guest some love at your destination wedding!

ASSEMBLE GUEST WELCOME BAGS

Welcome bags are such a sweet way to show your friends and family appreciation right when they walk in the door.  They should include small, thoughtful gifts as well as information about your wedding events. For tips on what to include, check out our blog! Resorts will deliver the assembled bags to your guests’ rooms so you don’t have to worry about handing them out, and they set the tone for your guests that you are thinking about them and are happy they are there!

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HAVE WELCOME BOTTLES OF WINE IN THEIR ROOMS

Along with welcome bags, bottles of wine (or tequila, rum, champagne) are a great way to send thanks to your guests right off the bat.  The bottles might be pricey, so these can be just for your VIP guests, especially ones who have helped you with the wedding like parents and grandparents.  They’ll appreciate enjoying a glass of wine on their oceanfront balcony!

GIVE YOUR CLOSEST LOVED ONES ROOM UPGRADES

You would be surprised how many all-inclusive resorts include the potential for room upgrades in their wedding perks.  Normally you can earn one upgrade for every so many rooms your group books.  We see many wedding couples give these upgrades to their parents, grandparents, and other close relatives and friends.  Those that receive the upgrade are always so thankful!  No doubt getting an even cooler room is supremely exciting.

RENT BEACH OR POOL CABANAS FOR YOU AND YOUR BESTIES

We find that a lot of wedding couples will rent a row of beach or pool cabanas for them and their group for a day, and we are loving this!  It’s an awesome way to keep the party going and lets guests explore the rest of the resort as they please while still having a spot at the pool to come back to.

 

SCHEDULE MOM AND DAD A SPA TREATMENT

Who needs to relax at a spa more than parents who have been helping you with your wedding for months?  This could go for any VIP guests who have supported you during this process or are just there for you whenever you need them.  Resorts have world-class spas, so this is a treat they won’t forget!

HOST A WELCOME EVENT

Welcome events are super popular for destination weddings.  Because your loved ones have come a long way to join you for your big day, many wedding couples want to make sure the guests are getting the bang for their buck party-wise.  Of course, a big welcome event is not in the budget for everyone.  That’s why we love intimate welcome dinners with your close family and wedding party hosted at the resort’s private wine cellar or chef dinner venues.

Grand Palladium Vallarta Barbacoa Mexicana

ATTEND RESORT EVENTS WITH YOUR FAMILY

Sometimes just the simple act of spending time with your loved ones are what they want the most!  Everyone wants to get their share of the wedding couple.  Attending daily resort events with them can be a fun way for everyone to get together with you.  Resorts have rum tastings, morning yoga, cooking classes, nighttime shows, and so much more!

ARRANGE KIDS’ ACTIVITIES FOR YOUR GUEST WITH KIDDOS

Finding special activities for kids is a nice way to show your guests with children that you are happy that they made all the way with their family.  These can be on-resort activities or one of the many tour options that they can take off resort.

DO A “FIRST LOOK” FOR YOUR PARENTS

Probably the most heartfelt option, a “first look” for your parents is one of our favorite ways to show some love.  One or both may have been there to help you get ready, but for the other, having that personal moment where they get to see their son or daughter for the last time before they get married can mean so much.

Vallarta Photo

BOOK HAIR AND MAKEUP FOR MOM FOR THE BIG DAY

Your wedding is a momentous occasion for your mom.  She’s the host for the big day, so she wants to feel pretty, too!  Having her makeup and hair done professionally will make her feel like a million bucks.  Plus it’s one less big thing she has to worry about for the day.  She can just sit back, relax, and get pretty (well, prettier)!

ARRANGE A GROUP EXCURSION

Group excursions are guest favorites!  Check out our blog on what an excursion adds to your wedding.  We always say you can’t go wrong with a sunset catamaran or snorkeling.  Anyway you decide to show your guests a good time will be much appreciated!

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This post was written by Samantha Szapor

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