Planning a destination wedding can be a little different than planning a traditional wedding, but is similar in many ways. Most couples think of a destination wedding as an exotic place far away. This is not always the case. The destination could be the next state, city or street over. Creating a magical escape that puts adventure into the romance is accomplished by all the little details you plan. These tips will help you plan an unforgettable destination wedding.
Destination Wedding Location
The location of your destination wedding will be one of the most significant parts of your wedding day. The setting should be incredibly romantic and near your honeymoon adventure, since this type of wedding is usually planned as part of a honeymoon experience. Couples travel across the world to create the perfect backdrop for their magical ceremony that incorporates the adventure of a honeymoon. While the destination wedding is all about location, not everyone travels to the other side of the world to find it. If you are looking for ways to have the destination wedding of dreams without going the distance, search for wedding venues that have the aesthetic of the location and recreate the atmosphere of your getaway.
Creating the Destination Wedding Theme
Every wedding has a theme, even a destination wedding. Your travel location will be a significant part of developing your theme. Explore the location, architecture and foods to inspire your wedding day. Choose three wedding colors that complement each other and match your theme. Your floral arrangements should consider the season and the types of blooms from the region you envision. Get creative with your décor. Bring candelabras, elegant vases, linens, chinaware and décor to the table that convey your theme. Venues with in-house designers and planners will be able to coordinate the pieces and bring your theme to life.
The Planning Timeline
Destination weddings follow a similar timeline as traditional weddings. Most weddings are planned within twelve months and begin with picking a date. You should always choose your venue first. Count your guests, choose your wedding party and book your venue about a year before your wedding day. The wedding attire should be the next thing on the list. These are important details that should never be saved for the last minute. As soon as you book the venue, choose the dress, tux and wedding party attire. You should build your wedding team of vendors at least six months prior to your big day, including the photography, catering, entertainment, cake, officiant and all the vendors essential to creating the destination wedding you imagine. Do not forget to plan all of your transportation and hotel accommodations.
Inviting Your Guests
Destination weddings come in all shapes and sizes. Regardless of the size, inviting the guests is necessary to have them there. Make sure you design your invitations and invite your guests well in advance, especially if your destination wedding requires distant travel. Your guests might need the extra time to plan the getaway. If travel is not required, you should send out invitations about six to eight weeks before the big day.
Finalizing the Plan
The last few months of wedding planning is all about getting everything in order. The rehearsal dinner is usually planned by the groom’s parents to take place a day or two before the wedding. When planning a destination wedding, this step can be accomplished a little sooner to prevent rushing between events. Make sure all of your vendors are paid, travel arrangements are secured, and all the vendors have your timeline. Finalize the floral arrangements, cake, catering and essential vendors. Schedule dress fittings and purchase the rings. Obtain your marriage license. Write your vows. Pack for your honeymoon and enjoy all the celebrations before the big day.
Crystal Ballroom on the Lake
Planning a destination wedding with Crystal Ballroom on the Lake makes planning effortless. Travel to this breathtakingly beautiful destination wedding venue that is surrounded by music, nightlife, hotels and a complete honeymoon experience. Make magical moments on a romantic adventure that you will remember forever. Crystal Ballroom is an all-inclusive wedding venue with furnishings, décor, chinaware, staff services and professional designers to create your unique destination wedding theme. Plan your wedding and take advantage of the connection with talented vendors to plan your entire wedding at one location. Crystal Ballroom makes the dream wedding possible.