You’re engaged! Congratulations! If you find yourself looking through bridal magazines and wanting to skip straight to the honeymoon ads, a traditional wedding in your hometown may not be for you. If your bridal dreams lead you to far off places, a destination wedding may be the best option for you. But how to do you plan an event in a far off location while living your life at home? Follow these easy steps to destination wedding success.
Pick the Perfect Spot
A lot goes into this one…When you are researching the perfect destination wedding location, be sure to pick a spot that reflects your personality as a couple. If you are known beach bums, a mountain locale may have your guests scratching their heads. You want your guests to come away from the wedding talking about “how them” the whole thing was. Also, make sure you have timed your nuptials with the seasonal weather conditions in mind for travelers. But, most importantly, make sure you GO THERE BEFORE THE WEDDING to see it for yourself. Your wedding is not the time for a surprise venue.
When you are planning a wedding from a remote location, it is imperative that you have help. Connect with a wedding planner or a trusted vendor at your location early in the planning process to have eyes and ears at ground zero. This person will serve as a single point of contact for all your other vendors both before you arrive and during your wedding. Your wedding planner can also help you to select locally reputable vendors to fill all the important slots like photographers, videographers and caterers.
Take Care of Your Guests
First of all, you don’t have to invite everyone. That’s right, don’t feel obligated to invite everyone you would have if planning a hometown wedding. Destination weddings are much more intimate affairs and allow for smaller, more culled down guest lists. If you feel like too many have been left out, host a post wedding reception at home. Likewise, make sure the guests who to make the trip with you are taken care of once they arrive. Arrange for a block of rooms for the event in a central location and for transportation to and from airports/train stations/ect. Guest bags given upon hotel/resort check in are a great way to connect with and educate your guests as well as educate them on amenities and activities they might want to take advantage of during their stay. You may even want to host a brunch or luncheon on wedding day to provide an additional opportunity for guests to gather and get to know one another better.
Above all, enjoy your destination wedding! Remember, once the reception ends, you’re already on your honeymoon!