Planning the perfect wedding day can be one of the most stressful experiences in life, but destination wedding planning is whole other ballgame. Planning from afar is not for the faint of heart! So, adventurous ones-- before deciding to hop on a plane to say "I do's", you'll definitely want to consider these do's and don'ts of destination weddings.
DO: Let your guests know what they should expect
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There’s a lot more logistics involved here than in wedding close by, so don’t leave out any important details! Provide a schedule for events surrounding your wedding, so guests can plan travel times accordingly. If there are special rates at certain hotels, or a designated place for your guests to stay, include this upfront as well.
DO: Give your guests a “travel guide”
Unless you’ve planned specific events other than the wedding itself, guests should plan to arrange their own food and activities. Make it a bit easier for them, by providing a little list of favorite sights to see, places to eat, and things to do in the area. Even though your special day is the main attraction, you don’t want guests to feel bored up until then.
DON’T: Forget to be mindful of safety risks
If there’s one top priority you should take into account, it’s the safety of you and your guests. Consider if your destination has any current health risks (no Zika virus for us, thanks), seasons with extreme weather conditions, and will be welcoming regardless of race or sexual preference.
DO: Send invites early AF
If you want people to actually show up at your wedding, be sure you give them enough time to budget for travel. For typical weddings, Save the Dates are sent 3 months before the formal invitation. However, for destination weddings you should plan to send the formal invite 3-4 months in advance.
DON’T: Offer only one accommodation option
The fact is, even with a group discount, not everyone can justify a 5 star resort. Offer a few different accommodation options at varying levels of price, so your guests don’t feel the need to break the bank just to be near the rest of the crew.
DON’T: Forget about your honeymoon
Destination weddings can seem like one long honeymoon with all your closest friends, but don’t forget to sneak away for time to yourselves! Whether that’s traveling to a neighboring city, or jetting off to the next destination, you won’t regret taking that time to celebrate with just your new hubby or wifey. Cause let’s be honest, having to manage incoming and going family members is not our idea of relaxation.