Destination weddings are becoming a popular choice among many brides and grooms-to-be. With the proper planning, they can be a fun and relaxing alternative to a traditional wedding. Here are some important things to consider when planning your destination wedding.
What to wear
Destination weddings call for casual elegance. What you wear will vary depending on where you decide to have your wedding; however, your destination will most likely be a less formal affair than a church. If you plan on getting married somewhere hot you may want to consider a light weight sleeveless gown. If you’re having a beach wedding invest in a shorter gown and flats so you can walk comfortably in the sand. Groom’s attire is usually a light suit, with or without a tie, and sandals or a light canvas shoe.
Of course you and your fiancé will have your tickets to get to your beautiful wedding destination; but what about your guests, your favors, gifts, and most importantly your gown? Destination wedding etiquettes say that guest should be responsible for their own travel tickets so you’re off the hook with that expense. In exchange couples are expected to pay for their guest’s accommodations and activities while they are at your destination.
You should strongly consider whether or not you actually need some of these items. You may want to look into purchasing favors at your destination and having guests send wedding gifts to your home so you do not have to worry about them while you are away.
When traveling with your gown, if there is space in the cabin closet you may be able to store it there during your flight. However, if there is no space available you will have to check your gown with the airline. To avoid the anxiety that comes with checking your most important item, some Wedding Gown Specialists provide a Destination Wedding Kit that protects your gown. Destination Wedding Kits are specially made to protect your gown from damage and prevent wrinkling. Most chambers fit easily in the overhead compartment so you can take your gown with you as one of your carry-ons.
Shipping Arrangements for your gifts, jewelry, and gown can also be made with organizations that provide luggage free travel. Luggage free travel services allow couples to travel without having to haul heavy luggage through airports and busy baggage claims. Garments are delivered to your hotel room or resort, superbly packaged and ready to wear.
Timing is very important when it comes to a destination wedding. Venues are often booked far in advanced to ensure there is plenty of time for planning. Your guest will need to be notified well in advance to give them enough time to make arrangements such as booking tickets at a reasonable price and request time off if needed. You will also need plenty of time to speak with the wedding coordinators and check their references.
The great thing about destination weddings is that most resorts are a “one stop shop” and have everything you’ll need for your wedding. The bad thing is that everything you need is not necessarily everything you want.
Destination weddings might not be the best fit for brides and grooms who are very particular about the details of their wedding. Depending on where you choose to have your wedding some features may not be practical. For example, if you are having a wedding in the Caribbean a steel drum band may be a little easier to find than a typical wedding band.
Your impute will be extremely important but couples will need to kind of “go with the flow” a bit. This will make things a lot easier and also give your wedding that unique touch of your destination.