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Grand Bahama Island may only be 60 miles off the Florida coast, but once your guests arrive for your, they're sure to fall into the Caribbean rhythm. Nothing helps ease guests onto island time better than a welcome bag curated with local treats. To get your guests in the spirit of the wedding weekend, we've curated the perfect list of gift bag goodies that are sure to give them a warm Bahamian welcome.
Of course the contents are important, but it's called a welcome bag, after all, so present these treats in something stylish. Think of the packaging the same way as you did your wedding invites, paying extra attention to detail so that it speaks not only to your union, but also to the guests who traveled all this way to celebrate with you. Since you're beachside, a beach tote is a great option that can double as a carry-all for trips to the sand, as well as a shopping bag for any purchases they make on the island (Grand Bahama is home to straw markets and tons of duty-free shops). Better yet, you can head to the straw market yourself during the wedding planning process and handpick locally made straw totes to give your guests.
Next, compile an island "first aid" kit complete with all the must-have essentials: mini bottles of sunscreen, lip balm, mosquito repellent, bottled water, and a mini fan. You can even throw in a souvenir towel personalized with an island motif and your wedding hashtag that guests can bring to the beach during the trip.
The Caribbean is home to some of the top spirits, so throw in a cocktail kit with a few mini bottles of local favorites like John Watling's rum, nicknamed the "Spirit of the Bahamas," so your guests can indulge any time of the day (and not worry about racking up too many mini bar fees). For more local flavor, surprise guests with bottles of Bahamian beer Sands, whose brewery is based on Grand Bahama, and something sweet like Caribbean Bundt rum cake from the Bahamas Rum Cake Factory, marinated in Don Lorenzo Rum and vacuum-packed so it's airplane-ready.
A hangover kit is the perfect addition for an island destination wedding (sun and booze are not always the best mix), filled with pick-me-ups like Advil, Emergen-C, chewing gum, and coconut water. Or add a personal touch to the wedding favors by blending a fragrance at the Grand Bahama Island Perfume Factory, giving it your very own name and label so guests have a one-of-a-kind scent to remind them of your fun weekend getaway.
Tie everything together with a heart-felt welcome note decorated with your wedding theme, and a checklist to match filled with ideas for activities throughout the stay. The wedding planners at your hotel can help you compile the ideal to-do list of activities that are sure to please all types of guests, whether they're up for extreme water sports like cave diving or would rather stay above water and go fishing or head off on a romantic horseback ride along the shore.