Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Ethical Destination Weddings: Saying 'I Do' With a Clear Conscience - Tip #3 Give Mexican Favors

Image: © Mexico Tourism Board (Photographer: Nadine Markova)

The term ‘responsible tourism’ has been used to describe tourism that is not only fun for visiting tourists, but also gives back to the world and local community by protecting nature and contributing to the lives of local people. This series of blogs will give you tips on how to contribute to the Mexican culture and economy, while preserving its beautiful land and ecological sites.

Tip #3 – Give Mexican Favors

Our third tip is to give Mexican favors to your guests. Favors are the little trinkets couples give to their guests as a small thank you for celebrating their special day with them. Popular choices include candy, chocolates, candles, matches, etc. Instead of hauling these little gifts from home, why not give your guests a memory of Mexico by distributing local handicrafts as a wedding favor? They are beautiful, they are inexpensive, they are conversation pieces, and they help support the local community. If you want to personalize them, you could always bring little cards or stickers from home. Talk to your wedding planner to find out what's available in the area you will be visiting. It can be fun to stroll the streets looking for unique items that catch your eye, or if you don't want the added stress of shopping before your wedding, your wedding planner may be able to procure the favors for you before you arrive so you can save time once you're there. Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

  • CDs of Mexican music
  • Mexican art & folk art
  • Mexican wedding cookies
  • Hot sauce
  • Vanilla
  • Tequila
  • Coffee beans
  • Mexican chocolate or cocoa
  • Mexican spices
  • Maracas
  • Piñatas
  • Mexican pottery

Remember, whatever favors you choose, keep them small and light because your guests will have to find room in their suitcases. If you can think of more Mexican favor ideas, please share your thoughts with us!

Ethical Destination Weddings: Saying 'I Do' With a Clear Conscience

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