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Planning a Destination Wedding

Destination Wedding

Planning a destination wedding might differ from organizing a traditional wedding, yet it shares many similarities. While many envision a destination wedding in a far-off, exotic locale, it could be as close as the next state, city, or even street. The key is in the details that transform an ordinary setting into a romantic adventure.

Choosing a Location for Your Destination Wedding

The location is crucial to your destination wedding, often doubling as the starting point of your honeymoon. This type of wedding blends the excitement of travel with the intimacy of nuptials, creating a perfect backdrop for your ceremony. Couples often travel worldwide to find this unique combination. However, a distant journey isn't necessary for everyone. If you prefer not to travel far, look for local venues that can mimic the atmosphere and aesthetic of your dream destination, allowing you to craft the perfect escape without venturing too far from home. These strategies will help you plan a memorable destination wedding that captures the essence of both adventure and romance.

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Developing Your Destination Wedding Theme

Every wedding, including destination weddings, revolves around a theme inspired by the chosen travel location. Dive into the local culture, architecture, and cuisine to enrich your wedding day. Select three harmonious wedding colors that align with your theme. When considering floral arrangements, take into account the seasonal availability and native blooms of the region. Enhance your venue with creative décor choices like candelabras, elegant vases, fine linens, and chinaware that reflect your theme. Venues equipped with professional designers and planners can seamlessly integrate these elements to bring your vision to life.

Destination Wedding Planning Timeline

The planning process for a destination wedding typically mirrors that of traditional weddings, usually spanning about twelve months. Start by setting a date and selecting your venue as your first step. Following this, tally your guest count, pick your wedding party, and secure your venue approximately a year in advance. Next, prioritize choosing wedding attire. It’s crucial to address these details early on, not at the last minute. Once the venue is booked, select outfits for yourself, your partner, and the wedding party. Assemble your team of vendors—including photographers, caterers, entertainers, bakers, and officiants—about six months before your wedding to ensure everything is tailored to your destination theme. Lastly, don’t overlook arranging transportation and accommodations for yourself and your guests.

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Inviting Your Guests

Destination weddings vary greatly in size and style, but one constant remains: the need to invite your guests. For weddings that involve long-distance travel, it's crucial to send out invitations well in advance to give your guests ample time to arrange their travel plans. For locations closer to home, sending invitations six to eight weeks before the wedding day is generally sufficient.

Finalizing Your Wedding Plans

The final months leading up to your wedding should focus on confirming all details. Traditionally, the groom’s parents plan the rehearsal dinner, which typically occurs one or two days before the wedding. For destination weddings, consider scheduling this event a bit earlier to avoid last-minute rushes. Ensure all payments to vendors are completed, travel itineraries are set, and every vendor has a copy of your event timeline. Confirm your floral designs, cake orders, and catering arrangements. Schedule any final dress fittings, purchase the wedding rings, and secure your marriage license. Take the time to write your vows and pack for your honeymoon. With these tasks accomplished, you can look forward to enjoying the celebrations leading up to your big day.

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Crystal Ballroom on the Lake

Planning your destination wedding at Crystal Ballroom on the Lake simplifies the entire process. Journey to this stunningly picturesque venue, nestled amidst vibrant music, lively nightlife, convenient hotels, and a comprehensive honeymoon experience. Create unforgettable memories on a romantic adventure that will stay with you forever. Crystal Ballroom offers an all-inclusive package, complete with elegant furnishings, exquisite décor, fine chinaware, comprehensive staff services, and professional designers to tailor your distinctive wedding theme. With everything available in one place, including connections to skilled vendors, Crystal Ballroom enables you to seamlessly plan and realize your dream wedding.


We invite you to discover the
Crystal Ballroom difference found in the unparalleled elegance and uniqueness written into the design of each of our venues. The themes are as limitless as your imagination.

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