Thursday, January 18, 2018

Guest Post :: The Ultimate Guide To Throwing A Destination Wedding

Planning a wedding in your home town or city you currently live in where you are able to keep an eye on the details and be as hands on as you want to be with the wedding can be stressful at times, but throw in the factor of your wedding being a destination wedding, and I can imagine the stress level would probably go up a slight bit. I’ve known a few people that have had a dentation wedding and they absolutely loved it – so if that is what you are leaning towards don’t let a little extra planning get in the way! Today Georgia Selih, from the, is going to be sharing a few tips that will help you throw a destination wedding everyone will love!

Planning a wedding is a lot of work: from the guest list to the dress and the flower arrangements, it’s hard enough to do in your own backyard, let alone in another country. But, maybe you’re an international couple, you live far away from family, or you simply want the big day to be in a location that is really special to you or some place you dreamed of getting married in. No matter what your reasons are, it can often be a lot of work for you, but also your guests. So if you can’t afford to fly them all over and pay for their accommodation, then you can at least use these tips to help them out:

Try to find a package
It can be quite expensive for your guests to fly to and stay at a specific location for your wedding, on top of getting the gifts and outfits for the occasion. However, if you look around, you will find that a lot of agencies are willing to negotiate the price down for groups. For example, you can find a small hostel and book the entire place for the week, getting a great discount on the price. And if you talk to a travel agency, they might be able to get you cheaper flight tickets if a big group is flying together.
Choose the right location
If your guests are travelling a long way to get to your wedding, you should make sure they feel like they are off on a vacation. With that in mind, choosing the right location is key. You want a place that has something for everyone. This is why places like Las Vegas are ideal: there are sights to see, parties to go to, spas to relax in and activities to fill the entire stay. While you are choosing the location, you should also keep in mind your guests’ different ages, tastes and budgets. Make sure nobody feels left out. If you have older family members coming over, remember that they might not be able to go far from their hotel, so pick accommodation that has an in-house restaurant and spa for their enjoyment.

Help them get around
Arriving into a new place, especially if you don’t speak the language or have arrived into a new time zone half the world away, can be very disorienting and tiring for your guests. If your destination is Australia, help them get to their hotel in style by hiring a chauffeur service at Sydney airport who will take them to their destination and tell them about the city they arrived in on the way there. When they arrive, make sure there is a welcome package waiting for them in their rooms, complete with important addresses, phone numbers, recommendations for places to visit and, of course, a wedding schedule.
Let your guests enjoy their time
Although you are welcome to offer suggestions, you shouldn’t fill your guests’ schedules completely. Having several hours per day of wedding-related activities is fine, but don’t book their every minute. You can plan group activities during the days and offer them as an option, for example, visiting the Niagara Falls if you’re in Canada, but be prepared for the guests to want to do something on their own, especially if they are not all a tight-knit group. That’s perfectly fine, and not having to think about your guests’ schedules will take a load off your shoulders and help you have a good time yourself, focusing on the big day.

Most importantly, remember to relax and enjoy yourself. This is your day and you shouldn’t be stressing about anything, so having a wedding planner or a dedicated friend to organize with you there will make it a lot easier on you. Arrive a few days before your guests to make sure everything is running smoothly, and greet your guests with a big party to start the holiday/wedding off!