Destination Wedding Welcome Gifts and Favors Guest will Actually Use

Looking for Destination Wedding Welcome Gifts and Favors that your guest will actually use? Today, I am sharing with you a few of the ideas that I came up with for our Icelandic elopement.

 It was really important to my husband and I to make sure we were spending our money efficiently for our wedding. This was a large part of our reasoning for choosing to do a destination wedding. We figured if we are going to spend thousands of dollars anyways, we would rather a week long experience, rather than a one-day shin-dig. (I’m all for all types of weddings, big- small – destination… It should be w h a t e v e r you want!)

This method of planning for efficiency applied to our welcome gifts and wedding favors as well, if we were going to spend the money, we wanted it to be something that guests would actually (hopefully) use. Yet also, something that they would want to keep and not toss before they board the plane back home. If that happened, in our heads, it would literally just be like us throwing our money away.



We ended up having only 20 guests at the wedding, so this allowed us to spend the time and money to do something extra special, and custom for our guests. We decided on leather passports and luggage tags for the welcome gifts. Not only did it fit the theme of a destination wedding, but also it was something that they could immediately put to use!

Chris (my hsuband) and I choose to have ‘Let the Adventure Begin’ stamped on each one, as “marriage being our the greatest adventure yet” is something we kept saying to each other throughout planning (it was also what we put on our save the dates).

We (accidentally) choose Easter weekend to get married (it was the same day we got engaged the year before)  so we put the passport and luggage tags into a little gift bag with easter eggs full of candies, advil, and emergency packets.

The passport & luggage tags were a Blue Sky Papers custom project. If interested in a custom project email: ready to ship leather passports can be purchased here



Since we went all out with the welcome gifts, we kept it farely simple with the wedding favor. We choose little slices of agate, that we ordered off amazon. I hand lettered everyones name on one and they served as place seating at the dinner table. So it was still practicle for us, but a little charm that we hoped the guests would hang on to  as well.

Like I said before, your wedding should be what you want, and you should spend your money for that day however you wish. But for us, it wasn’t just about being wasteful with our money, we just didn’t want to be wasteful in general. Think about weddings and how much stuff gets thrown away at the end of the day. It was important to us to cut down on waste as much as possible, and I encourage you to do that as well!

Wedding Card Keepsake Ideas

If you’re in search of Wedding Card Keepsake Ideas then keep reading, because in this post we’re sharing with you 4 creative ways to save your wedding cards.


Once you get engaged you will begin to receive card after card of congratulations, warm wishes and love. And by the time your wedding day has come and gone you will have quite the card collection. If you’re the sentimental type you’ll want to save these, as tossing these thoughtful notes from loved ones just doesn’t seem right.

Below are 4 different wedding card keepsake Ideas to help you create something you’ll treasure forever!

Binder wedding Card Keepsake


Using a binder is an easy and creative way to store your wedding cards. You can start saving them from the moment your get engaged and cards start pouring in through the mail. All you need is a small 3 ring binder and a hole puncher.  (You will either need a hole puncher where you can adjust the holes or use a single hole puncher.

We suggest buying a 9.25″ x 8.5″ size binder for your Wedding Card Keepsake Book. You can get a binder made to match your wedding colors and/or album + guest book, here.


Unique Box for Wedding Card Storage

The recipe for love is written in each of those cards from your favorite people in the world. Save wedding cards in a recipe box or a unique vintage box as a creative solution to keeping those sweet thoughts on display and easy to pullout and reminisce over.

Shop our wodden recipe box, here and the floral one, here!



Custom Wedding Card Keepsake Album

Using a post bound photo album is another easy, yet great way for saving Wedding Cards. Using a post bound album you can always add more pages if you need.

You can have an album custom made and embossed to go with your wedding theme, photo album, guest book and vow book, etc. The only other thing you will need is double sided tape to use on the back of your cards to secure it to the page. If you choose an album with a photo frame on the front, you can use this spot to insert YOUR wedding invite or favorite card that you received.


Reuse + Recycled : Wedding Card College Art

If you aren’t sentimental enough to save each and every card but would like a small moment, consider creating a framed college of the cards. You do not have to be an artist to create something beautiful to display in your home. Keep it simple. Use straight lines, or a paper puncher to cut out simple shapes (i.e.: circle, heart, etc.).



I printed out an outline of Atlanta (city where we we’re wed) and then cut the cards into skinny rectangles.  Then, carefully arranged the slices to align with the cityscape. Once everything was lined up, I used a glue stick to secure it all, added our name + wedding date in my hand writing and put it in this wooden frame and viola! Art 🙂