6 Helpful Tips for Destination Brides
Destination weddings are a great idea for many reasons. They can end up being much cheaper than hosting a wedding in your hometown and they can double as your wedding and honeymoon in one! Here are 6 helpful tips for destination brides.
1. Take care of your guests
Most guests that attend destination weddings are also trying to make a holiday out of their trip. It’s important to thank your guests by treating them well. Think about leaving a “welcome basket” at their hotel for when they arrive. Include a thank you letter, local treat, list of activities to do in the area, and all the wedding info they might need. You might also want to consider inviting them to the rehearsal dinner since they have traveled so far to be a part of your special day.
2. Know your vendors
Use the internet to research vendors that you might want to hire. Read the reviews and look at their work. If you find one vendor that you like they will probably have other vendors that they would recommend. If you hire a planner, they will be able to provide a preferred vendor list which is a great place to start when planning a wedding from afar!
3. Weekday wedding
Have your wedding on a weekday! Since you’ve made this a holiday, most of your guests will too. If all of the guests are around for the week there is no reason you can’t have your wedding on a Thursday. Vendors can sometimes be cheaper during the week and will also have more availability.
4. Weather considerations
Weather can make or break your wedding day! If you are looking at a tropical destination, hoping for sunshine on your wedding day, consider hurricane season and make sure you choose the right month to have a wedding.
5. Book a planning trip
If possible, try to visit the destination once or twice before the actual wedding. This allows for those large to do lists to be looked after in just a few days. Book as many vendor meetings as you can and knock out finding the perfect centerpieces, correct napkin and linen color, and of course, food and cake tastings! It might add to your overall wedding cost, but chances are your destination wedding will cost less than a wedding at home anyway, so you will have some extra cash to spend on a planning trip!
6. Get a wedding planner
Planning a wedding from a different state or country can be difficult. Hiring a planner can reduce that wedding stress tremendously. Not only will a planner help organize and coordinate the wedding day, but they will also help provide information about the area and recommend possible vendors that suit your needs. You will not regret having a local wedding planner to bounce ideas off of, available to ask questions, and most of all support your ideas and dreams.