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Destination Wedding Favors for St. Thomas & St. John Weddings

I have to admit, one of my favorite elements of a wedding is the favors. I know a lot of people think they’re useless or unnecessary and in some cases, I can’t disagree. But I love to see a bride & groom put their own twist on a typical wedding favor.

One wedding I had a couple of years ago used custom pizza cutters & keychains with miniature handcuffs. Weird right? Like…what? But the groom and his brothers owned a chain of pizza restaurants and the bride was a corrections officer. I mean, that’s pretty cool!

My sister-in-law was married this past December. To say she and her husband are geniuses is a bit of a understatement. She is working on her PhD at Princeton and he is starting his MBA at Harvard soon – they met while studying at Cambridge (I don’t play Trivia Pursuit with these two….she was kicking my butt at that game when she was 12 years old). I love that they incorporated their love for books with their favors. They set up an adorable little library and invited guests to choose from some of their favorites. And the coolest thing about this – these were all used books that you could pick up from Goodwill, consignment shops or any second hand store.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of my favorite favors from my own brides included these photo albums. Each album had the guests name on the tag, and when opened up, there was a personalized note from the bride and groom and even a copy of their engagement photo. These books are a great way to get your guests vacation album started.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A big hit with guests are custom reusable cups, made by Tervis, Corkcicle, etc. You can place custom orders with these companies and do something like this Tervis below for everyone…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or personalize each one for each guests. These are two that were gifted to me by brides (PS your wedding planners also loves to get favors!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are a lot of local favorites that you can pick up including coffee from VI Coffee Roasters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Items by local artists such as Isola Bella

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cruzan Rum and Island Spices from places like St. John Spice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve accumulated a lot of favorites over the years and put together a document of great destination wedding favor ideas. Email me at Janelle@islandblissweddings.com and I’m happy to send it your way!

 

Sapphire Beach Resort & Village

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Top 5 Reasons to be Married in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

We have been planning & coordinating destination weddings in St. Thomas since 2004 and with 15 years of experience, we can tell you that St. Thomas is the perfect spot for your destination wedding! Below are the Top 5 Reasons you should choose St. Thomas for your big day! FIVE Natural beauty all around youContinue Reading

Sapphire Beach Bar, St. Thomas Weddings

I am super excited about the renovations of Sapphire Beach Bar on Sapphire Beach, St. Thomas. We have an all-inclusive wedding package for this venue that I will be revamping over the next week or so. This spot is perfect for a destination wedding beach reception or welcome party in the Virgin Islands.

St. Thomas Destination Weddings

St. Thomas destination weddings are truly magical. Can you even believe the beauty of this Magen’s Bay wedding? The island has come so far since Fall 2017, and it more beautiful than ever. Thank you to Mermaid Rebecca Ruth for these images! Your work really shows the beauty of a Virgin Islands wedding!

Magen’s Bay Rate Increase

Magen’s Bay Brides! The Magen’s Bay Authority is raising the wedding fee for 2019 from $100 to $150. Every wedding scheduled for 2019 will be affected, even if you scheduled your wedding at the $100 rate, they will be charging the $150 (so no one is “grandfathered” in so to speak). You can email meContinue Reading

October Special!

October is my favorite time of year. It’s the start of the holiday season! And while it can be….different…celebrating the holidays in the islands (finding Halloween costumes to wear in hot weather, lighting pine scented candles while the ocean breeze already fills the air…), I still like to find magic in the season and celebrate!Continue Reading

My favorite wedding, my favorite people…

Brookie & Russ were married on Lindquist Beach this past June. They are dear friends of my husband & I. We absolutely love these two – you can just tell by the video what amazing people they are. A few weeks after their wedding, Brookie lost her mother, one of the most vivacious women IContinue Reading

Sand Dollar Estate Wedding

Congrats Melissa & David…another gorgeous Sand Dollar Estate event! All photos by Megan Biggs Photography.

Get the Best Rest before your Wedding Day!

Your big day is getting closer, and you’re excited, but the stress is killing you. Maybe you’re worried that you won’t fit into your dress, or you’re concerned about the logistics of getting all of your guests in the same place at the same time. This stress can affect you in some negative ways. YouContinue Reading