If you want the ultimate outdoor wedding experience, take it to the beach! Destination weddings are all the rage and can be an awesome experience for you and your guests. But first, take note of this helpful advice.
When it comes to planning your destination wedding, you want to think ahead and give your guests ample notice. This is definitely the kind of wedding where it would be encouraged to mail out save the date cards well in advance of your actual wedding invitations. Not only do your guests need to reserve your special date on their calendar, but they need to plan for several days of travel plus the expense that goes along with this.
Next, it’s important to make travel and lodging as easy as possible for guests. Include this information as soon as you have it finalized to give guests the best chance possible of reserving the room they want at the best rate. Include this on the back of your save the date cards, email the instructions to your guest list and include it as a separate card in your formal invitation. It’s not possible to over communicate this important information!
Many tropical resorts offer an all-inclusive package for destination weddings that includes your own on-site wedding planner to help you select all the details well in advance of arriving for your big day. If possible, it’s a great idea to visit your location a year in advance to see the venue at the same time of year as when your wedding will take place. If your chosen location doesn’t offer a wedding specialist, many professional planners here in Central Pennsylvania can offer services to help you plan your wedding remotely or you can negotiate for them to travel with you to be on-site for the big day!
When choosing your wedding gown, bridesmaids’ dresses, and tuxes for your groom and his best men, you want to consider all the elements of a beach wedding. Think free flowing dresses and lightweight attire, especially if your wedding date is in the hotter months. Mid-length to longer dresses (so long as they are made of light fabrics) are great choices when you have the possibility of windy beaches. Another element to consider is the sand. Flip flops are great options for foot attire, or even better, here is the opportunity to be free spirited and walk down your aisle barefoot!
While your destination beach wedding is sure to feel like a honeymoon from the moment you step foot on the sand, you want to be sure to make arrangements to make your real honeymoon feel special. You may choose to move to a different, nearby resort or fly somewhere new altogether. Especially if your guests are planning to stay a few extra days beyond your wedding to take advantage of this “mini vacation” for themselves, it’s smart to go to a new location that is all your own!
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