Destination weddings have become a new trend for tying the knot. There are a few things to consider, though, while you are planning your destination wedding.
• Choosing a venue where you can have all of your events is always a good bet. For example, choose a resort or hotel where you can have your ceremony, reception, and rehearsal dinner. If you or your guests need to change or grab a quick cat nap, everything is close by.
• Keep it intimate. By having a shorter guest list, you can make your destination wedding a more lavish event. For those who you have to eliminate from the list, plan a reception after your return.
• Pick a venue you love “as-is”. The more beautiful a venue is on its own, the less you have to spend on décor.
• Check for any available discounts. Whether it be a block of rooms for your guests or group airfare rates, don’t be afraid to ask for a good deal. Also, don’t assume that a package is the best deal. Check out a la carte pricing options as well.
When is your wedding scheduled?
• What else is going on? Is your wedding planned for a major holiday or Spring Break? Or maybe you are having your wedding in the tropics during the winter. All of these things will influence how many people are in the area during your destination wedding. If you don’t want to be overrun, be sure to consider these things. This can also save you money.
• Check the weather. If you want to have your wedding in the Caribbean, you may not want to go during hurricane season. Europe, if you want something a bit warmer, would be good to do in the summertime. Check the local weather and plan accordingly. You don’t want to plan a beach wedding in the middle of a tropical storm.
You may wonder what your destination wedding has to do with your dress. Believe me, it has plenty.
• If you are having a beach wedding, you may want to consider a tea-length or shorter gown to stay cool. Ocean breezes can be a handful. You may want to opt for something other than a traditional veil; think a sparkly headband or just simple flowers in your hair.
• Think of your climate before you choose your dress material. For a tropical destination wedding, try something lighter and flowing. Heavier silks and satins are better for cooler climates.
• Wrangle Wrinkles. Lace and Chiffon will travel well, however, silk and taffeta will wrinkle easily. Pack your dress in tissue paper and carry it in a carry on garment bag. Also, be sure your hotel has a steamer for touch-ups on location.
• Timing is everything. Let your seamstress know your wedding date and when you are leaving. Any alterations will be needed to be complete before your trip.
Your destination wedding will be beautiful. Just remember to keep these suggestions in mind while you are planning your destination wedding.