10 Destination Wedding Tips While choosing the perfect location for your special day can seem like one of the most overwhelming parts of the wedding planning process, having a destination wedding presents the option of saying your “I Do’s” in a dream location. Maybe it’s your favorite spot in the world, or somewhere you’ve always imagined you would visit. It’s exciting to explore the option of a destination wedding, but also important to consider a few things along the way:
1. Choose the perfect spot! Make sure you select a place that is true to you and your groom’s personal style. Essentially you can go anywhere in the world, with the consideration that the farther you choose to travel from home, the more difficult it may be for your guests to get there or take time away from work. Be sure to keep in mind local activities, hotel accommodations and accessibility when selecting your ideal location.
2. Plan ahead. Once you’ve selected your location and finalized your guest list, the next thing to do is to send out your Save the Date. It’s appropriate to send your Save the Dates at least 8-12 months in advance to give your guests ample time to plan ahead and make travel arrangements.
3. Look for All-Inclusive wedding packages. A great way to have a destination wedding and save some money is by finding a location that will be able to host your wedding, along with providing accommodations and meals for your guests. Venues all over the world offer specials and packages that take the utmost care of your guests, while cutting overall costs at the same time.
4. Use local vendors. You can often use your venue as a preliminary resource for finding local vendors to make your day exactly how you want it. Rather than incurring the extra cost of bringing in materials close to home, reach out to local florists, musicians, and caterers for a more authentic atmosphere.
5. Research marriage requirements. Be sure to look into the marriage laws and necessary steps to be taken to ensure a valid marriage in your location. It’s important to consider and look into this ahead of time as some destinations can require a lot of lengthy paperwork.
6. Take advantage of local activities. One of the most exciting parts of a destination wedding is that most of your guests are taking a vacation with you. While some guests may choose to spend their down time exploring on their own, it’s a great idea to arrange for a few exciting daytime activities that will give your guests the ultimate experience while they are away.
7. Make your dress arrangements. Be sure to contact your dressmaker or retailer and be advised as to the appropriate way to pack your wedding dress for travel. Often they will provide special garment bags and explain specifically how to press the dress once it’s unpacked, and they might even suggest finding local garment specialist to make sure you are looking picture-perfect on your big day!
8. Consider Welcome Gifts. Especially if your guests have made a long journey to get to your wedding destination, a great way to greet them is with a welcome gift in their hotel room. Put together an adorable basket or tote bag filled with travel essentials like a map, bottled water, sunscreen, some local treats and a welcome note from the bride and groom.
9. Trial Run. Even though you will likely be working with some vendors without ever having an in-person meeting, if your budget allows, visit your lwedding location at least once before your wedding. When it comes to asking for “favors” or working in a discount, a face-to-face encounter with the venue coordinator and any local vendors will go a long way.
10. Enjoy yourself! The added pressure of traveling can create stress on a day that is meant to be special and exciting. In many ways a destination wedding is meant to be a vacation for you too, so it’s best to let the small stuff go and focus on having an incredible time in an exotic place with the people you love most!
Call Colesville Travel to help you start your plans.