According to The Knot, a leading online source for weddings, destination weddings are much more popular today than they have ever been in the past. In fact, you may have already planned quite a destination wedding without realizing it. What many couples don’t realize is that they can still plan the perfect destination wedding despite the fact that they are getting married outside of their home country. Destination wedding planning can be done quite easily and there are many different resources out there to help make your special day as unique as possible. Here are some of the top tips to keep in mind when planning a destination wedding:
Be creative. A big part of destination weddings is having a beautiful and elegant venue that makes your wedding truly one of a kind. This does not have to be a lavish hotel; it could just be something as simple as a vineyard or a garden with a garden house. The important thing is that your venue will provide you with an atmosphere that allows you to relax and really enjoy yourself.
Choose exotic locations. While many people may think that destination weddings have to be done away from home, that is not always the case. If you want to get married at the height of the holiday season, consider choosing a location in an exotic location that has not only charm but appeal. Hawaii is a popular choice for destination weddings, as are Vegas, Italy and even Bali.
Keep things simple. When you are considering an exotic destination wedding location, consider staying close to home. Not only is this going to be more comfortable for your guests, it will also be convenient for your wedding plans. Most destination weddings take place in exotic locations where you can be assured that your guests will take part in the festivities. Instead of having your big day spread out over several weeks, you can plan it all at one destination wedding location.
Stick with familiar faces. This may sound like a no-brainer, but it gets plenty of people nervous when they are asked to travel far away from their families and friends. For destination weddings, try to schedule your ceremony and reception to take place near the beginning or the end of the period of good weather in your area. If the ceremony is taking place in the middle of winter, try to schedule it during the warmer times. The beauty treatments and the luxurious accommodations that are offered by these locations will make your guests feel right at home.
Have a ceremony that fits your personalities. Many couples choose destination weddings that will allow them to get reacquainted with who they are as a couple after they tie the knot. As your guests travel to different locations for the ceremony, plan to spend some time getting to know your guests before the actual ceremony. Ask your vendors to send you photos of them participating in your ceremony, and if possible, schedule a personal meeting with them before the big day. Your best friends, who live across the country, might be a wonderful choice to help your new spouse learn the ropes. The more your bridesmaids and groomsmen know about the personality of the bride and groom, the more comfortable they will be around them on the wedding day.