What could be better than getting married to the love of your life within feet of the ocean or mountains? When you have a destination wedding, that’s exactly what you can enjoy.
No matter if you want your nuptials to take place on the sandy beaches of Maui or along the snow-tipped caps of the Rockies – or perhaps in another country! – you can have the wedding of your dreams in a location that you love. Just keep in mind that as with any other type of wedding, a destination wedding comes with a few dos and don’ts.
Oübly.com has broken down these guidelines to help you better coordinate your matrimonial plans.
Do Choose a Thoroughly Researched Location
Some couples decide to have their destination wedding in a location to which they’ve been many times. Others use their nuptials as the perfect excuse to sightsee in a place they’ve never been.
No matter if you consider your destination wedding setting a second home or an unexplored locale, make sure that the venue you use has the credentials to back up its services. Especially since you may not be able to vet your location in person, it becomes all the more important that you receive testimonials confirming the competence of your destination wedding site.
Don’t Expect All of Your Invitees to Attend
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Even if you have a domestic destination wedding, you likely will have fewer guests than had you planned a local affair.
Between air travel costs, hotel fees, and a host of other expenses, many of your friends and family may not be able to afford your destination wedding.
If you receive a decline from a loved one, be gracious in recognizing that they may need to save their money for more pressing matters.
Do Provide Your Guests with Travel Information
For those guests who do accept your wedding invitation, make sure to give them information for both the traveling and lodging aspects of their trip.
Even if they ultimately decide to use their own resources, it can ease the minds of many guests to know that they have options regarding how to get to your locale and where to stay while in town.
Don’t Get Hung Up on the Details
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The fewer details that you personally coordinate for your destination wedding, the higher the chances that you might encounter a hiccup or two in your plans.
If you, your spouse-to-be, and your guests all arrive safe and sound at your locale, you have the most important details already taken care of. Though you have every right to tell your venue that you asked for chocolate cake instead of white, or that you wanted lilies in your bouquet instead of roses, the important thing to remember is that everyone you love is in the same place to celebrate your marriage.
Focusing on bungled details may take away from this once-in-a-lifetime event.
Do Offer Activity Suggestions for Your Guests
Guess what? If you’re using your destination wedding as a way to enjoy a mini vacation, odds are that some of your guests are doing the same thing! So to help them make the most of their time abroad, put together a list of local sightseeing options.
Depending on the number of people attending your nuptials, you may even want to coordinate a few activities in the days preceding your wedding.
If you intend to stay after the festivities, you can host a post-wedding brunch for those who remain as well. To get your guests excited about your impending wedding plans, you can also include a few fun facts about your locale in your wedding invitations. By the time you meet up with everyone at your destination wedding, they’ll be more than ready to celebrate and have a good time!
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