When brides think about a destination wedding, they generally think of exotic, sandy and far away places, because that’s how online destination wedding packages are generally presented. But let me tell you a little secret: destination weddings can take place anywhere, sandy or snowy, city or country, beach or mountain. They can also be large and elaborate, with hundreds of guests or very intimate and simple, with just the couple and their parents. These days, anything goes.
The special benefit of a destination wedding is having all of the people you love together for at least three days, a combination of celebration and vacation. My advice is to select a destination and amenities that suit your style and personality. For instance, if you prefer a mountainous backdrop and rugged spirituality, the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, New Mexico is perfect for you, while someone who loves the beach may prefer Hotel Casa Del Mar in sunny Santa Monica, California.
Whether you’ve decided on a destination wedding because you love to travel, or simply want a unique setting, your wedding planning timeline may vary because there are numerous factors to consider when asking people to travel for your special day. Here are the things you should consider for your destination wedding:
- Be sure that the accommodations are appropriate for all guests. Staying at a campground near a beautiful lake may suit your closest friends, but how will your older guests feel about it? Always think about your guests so that you choose accommodations that everyone will enjoy. The Nines, in Portland, Oregon will provide the scenic views and luxurious accommodations for those who would rather be pampered at a world-class metropolitan hotel.
- Consider the cost of lodging and travel. If you’re not paying for everything for your guests, it’s important that you keep in mind how much your guests can afford. Note that it is often customary for the bride and groom or their family to host a number of activities, such as dinner the night before the wedding, brunch on the day after the wedding as well as some transportation.
- Investigate the logistics. How long will it take to get to your dream destination? Planning ahead is important. If traveling abroad, some guests may need time to arrange for their passports. Attention to such planning details will ensure that your loved ones can make it to your wedding.
Here area few of my favorite destination locations:
- Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc (http://www.hotel-du-cap-eden-roc.com/uk/) – Antibes, France
- Villa Cimbrone (http://www.villacimbrone.com/) – Ravello, Italy;
- Spring Island (http://springisland-sc.com/beaufort-sc.html) – South Carolina
- Santa Ynez Wine Region (http://www.visitthesantaynezvalley.com/) – Southern California
- Stonepine Estate (http://www.stonepineestate.com/) – Carmel Valley, California.
Designing a destination wedding package is just the beginning of the excitement that comes with planning a special time for you and your guests. Want even more planning advice? Visit my Facebook page or Twitter and let’s talk!