We absolutely love traveling, weddings, and intimate celebrations; destination weddings are our favorite way to tie the knot! Here are a few tips to keep in mind when considering this option.

Are we there yet?

Consider the length of travel for most of your guests. Will your family need to take multiple connecting flights? Is the airport more than an hour from the hotel you are considering? Think wisely when considering these options to avoid potential guest conflicts and unnecessary family “drama”.

Save the Date!

We love intricate designs within a destination wedding invitation suite. It’s a great idea to incorporate the aesthetic of your destination city while keeping your personal style in mind; try to avoid being too literal or “kitschy”. Whether it’s a destination wedding in Amarillo, Texas or Tulum, Mexico, it’s important to set the mood for your guest experience at first glance.

Do I need a Wedding Planner?

Your destination venue more than likely will have a coordinator on-site to assist with organizing their standard wedding package, however, there are additional projects to consider at home organize your dream wedding. You will need to schedule weekly phone/conference calls with various vendors to communicate your needs, if you are in a different time zone or if you can only make them after work, you will need a wedding planner. Your local wedding planner will coordinate with the vendors at your destination venue, and organize all of your details including managing the RSVP list, shipping welcome baskets, arranging off-site excursions for your guests, scheduling hair and make- up, and assisting at the rehearsal. With a wedding planner by your side, you can relax and enjoy!

Should I pay for my guests to come?

This is the big debate. If you have the ability to pay for your guest’s accommodations, they will love you forever! Destination weddings are very special, your family and friends are happy to pay for their own stay and come celebrate with you. We do recommend planning a group excursion or a pre-wedding activity everyone can enjoy (we love local tours…with booze). Delight their senses with a fabulous welcome basket to include cultural treats from your destination city or country.

Whatever you decide to do, remember this is a celebration of love, commitment, and unity. Speaking from personal experience, there a nothing more special than planning your nuptials at a dreamy location with your closest loved ones. Cheers!

Steve says…

” When shopping for vendors for your destination event, it’s important to ask your venue if you have to use their vendors or if you can source your own. There may be additional fees if you use your own vendors, make sure you read the fine print on your contract. Look up reviews from every vendor the hotel provides before signing off! “