I know that trying to plan your destination wedding during these unprecedented times is tough! Although your plans may be on hold right now, that doesn’t mean you can’t dream about your future destination wedding celebration!
I want you to know that I am going to continually be a source of destination wedding inspiration for you by creating posts containing images, stories, and information about some of the top destination wedding venues and trends available! My hope is to give you a lot of reasons to daydream about your amazing day, as well as, give you something to look forward to! So keep daydreaming about your upcoming celebration, because I am going to give you plenty of ideas to dream about!
For the moment, feel free to browse around my website, check out my other blog posts, so you can start getting a regular dose of wedding inspiration!
If you are stressed out and overwhelmed trying to figure out how to plan your destination wedding, then you may want to schedule a complimentary 30 minute strategy session with me so we can get you unstuck and on your way to planning your amazing day in paradise and one to cherish for a lifetime!
I look forward to connecting with you to plan your dream wedding!
Destination weddings can be a lot of fun, but only if couples know what they are getting into. After all, these weddings can be a little different than a regular ceremony in a church followed by a reception at a nearby location. For a destination wedding, couples need to carefully determine who they want to invite, how they will entertain their guests before and after the wedding and figure out how to choose the perfect location.
Thankfully, there are many people who can help couples with the planning of destination weddings! Plus, there are a few tips that every couple should know before they even get this process started.
15 Wedding Tips for an Incredible Destination Wedding
- Always Choose Who Pays for What in Advance
Since this is a destination wedding, guests may make the assumption that the couple is paying for everything. Therefore, couples must decide what items they are paying for when it comes to their guests and what their guests will need to cover. It is then important to let their guests know this information prior to the RSVP date.
- Plan the Wedding Well in Advance
Not everyone has the money they need to fly partway around the world to see a couple get married, which is why couples must plan their destination wedding well in advance. This will ensure that the guests who really want to attend can do so.
- Always Choose a Meaningful Destination
While a couple may have always wanted to wed in a small town halfway around the world, it may be better if they choose a destination that means something to them both. It can also be helpful if couples make sure that the destination that they choose has the resources to give them the best wedding and reception possible.
- Keep the Local Traditions and Cultures in Mind for a Destination Wedding
Depending on where a couple has their destination wedding, they may need to be aware of the local traditions and cultures. This will ensure the couple does not do anything offensive during their ceremony or reception. The couple should also share pertinent information with their guests, so the guests do not do anything they shouldn’t as well.
- Create a Wedding Website
There is a lot of information needed for a destination wedding and the best way for a couple to share it all with their guests is via a wedding website. Guests can easily look at this website to see where they should be at what time for all scheduled activities. Guests can also learn about transportation methods, the address of their hotel, and emergency contact information all in one place.
- Think Local and Save Money
Depending on the location, brides and grooms can save a lot of money by utilizing the local ambiance for their wedding. This may mean using gorgeous flowers already in pots, or growing from the ground, down in the tropics or vines and other vineyard items for a wedding in wine country.
- Hire a Professional
Couples may think they can easily plan their wedding on their own, but it is difficult to accomplish everything when it comes to destination weddings. A professional will have completed multiple weddings in the area already and they can help couples deal with any issues that arise.
- Create a Budget
Some couples go into their wedding without a budget in mind and then realize they spent more money than they should have later on. Destination weddings are excellent for couples looking to stay on budget, but they need to have a number in mind before all the planning begins.
- Choose Attire to Match the Wedding Destination
A bride’s dress is always the most important piece in a wedding, but a bride will want to choose her dress carefully when deciding to have a destination wedding.
- Always Carry the Dress onto the Plane
As a bride is traveling to the destination of her wedding, she may be tempted to check her wedding dress with the rest of her luggage. Carrying the dress on the plane will prevent it from getting lost before the big day.
- Always Arrive to the Wedding in Advance
Couples are going to want to arrive to their wedding destination a few days before the ceremony to welcome their guests and make sure everything is ready.
- Never Do Too Much Do-It-Yourself Projects for Destination Weddings
Some couples are super creative and want to tackle many different do-it-yourself projects for their big day. This can be a mistake for many couples having destination weddings, because there simply isn’t enough time to get it all completed.
- Take Advantage of Free Perks
Couples will often get free perks when their guests all stay at the same hotel or resort. Couples should take advantage of these free perks, since it will make their experience better.
- Be Flexible
Every couple knows what they want for their wedding, but flexibility has its perks too. Sometimes lower rates are offered for different menu options, while extra photographs can be worked into an already agreed upon package.
- Don’t Worry about Those Smaller Things
Brides and grooms should never worry about those smaller things at their wedding. Something is always going wrong at weddings and couples need to forget about those items and focus on what is truly important.
These fifteen wedding tips for destination weddings will have couples enjoying every moment of their destination wedding, as well as the planning that leads up to it. While couples may not need all these tips, most of them are helpful no matter what type of wedding is being planned.
There’s more to Mexico than Cabo and Cancun. Don’t get us wrong—those places are great. But in a country with more than 761,000 square miles of coastlines, mountains, deserts, and jungles, not to mention a vibrant culture with Spanish and indigenous influences, there are bound to be some hidden gems.
Here are six extraordinary honeymoon destinations in Mexico to consider for your next trip:
Valle de Guadalupe
This Baja California locale has earned a reputation as “the Napa Valley of Mexico.” Unwind at the Monte Xanic winery, Mexico’s first boutique winery and the one that makes Valle de Guadalupe a must-visit for vino enthusiasts. Foodies will also love the Valle Food & Wine Festival, started in 2017, which attracts celebrity chefs from around the United States and Mexico. For lodging, the Campera Hotel Burbuja is one of the most unique hotels on the continent, with clear, bubble rooms—yes, bubbles—so guests sleep comfortably under the stars. Its proximity to San Diego (less than 100 miles by car) makes travel to Valle de Guadalupe a breeze.
Located in the central part of the country, Guanajuato has been called the most beautiful city in Mexico, and with good reason. The proximity of buildings creates a mosaic that explodes with color against the surrounding mountainsides. Guanajuato has something for everyone: It’s a university town with plenty of cafes, bars, and markets, and a romantic getaway where couples can secure their happiness by kissing in the Callejon del Beso. On the other side of the spectrum, el Museo de las Momias, the mummy museum, is a rather unusual tourist attraction that should be on any visitor’s itinerary.
Tulum has become a go-to destination on the Yucatán for its beautiful Caribbean beaches and variety of offerings. In search of history? Check out the Tulum Mayan ruins along the beach, or head into the jungle to Coba and climb Nohoch Mul, the tallest pyramid on the peninsula. On a family getaway? Xel-Há—part ecological waterpark, part natural aquarium—is home to 90-plus marine species and has activities for all ages, from swimming with dolphins and snorkeling to a lazy river. Tulum is also considered a haven for hipsters, with its vegan restaurants and yoga studios. Escape the noise of all-inclusive resorts by booking a cabana mere steps from the sand.
Travelers seeking a blend of activity and relaxation will find paradise in Sayulita. A surfing haven on the Pacific Coast, Sayulita promises fun for the aquatically inclined—fishing, snorkeling, whale-watching—as well as those more interested in rugged experiences, such as horseback riding, hiking, and jungle canopy tours. The village also boasts numerous art galleries and casual cafes, so time spent away from nature is just as worthwhile. If yoga is your thing, grab a room at the Hotelito Los Sueños.
Day of the Dead Celebration in Pátzcuaro
Looking to add some authenticity to everyone’s favorite dress-up holiday? Consider a trip to Pátzcuaro for Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead. The area is filled with festivals on November 1, while come nightfall, locals on the island of Janitizio illuminate their town and Lake Pátzcuaro with candles in remembrance of deceased loved ones, a ritual known as Noche de Muertos. In addition to the traditional Mexican holidays, Pátzcuaro offers stunning mountain views and colorful markets. Direct flights from several American cities to Morelia International Airport, about an hour drive from Pátzcuaro, make travel to Pátzcuaro surprisingly inexpensive.
Whether you’re in search of cultural, culinary, or historical enlightenment, Oaxaca is the place for you. Explore the Monte Alban ruins, remnants of one of the earliest cities in Mesoamerica. Go on a mezcal tour to sample local spirits. Or wander the streets of Oaxaca City, where there’s seemingly a festival every week. Instagram users, be sure to make the trek to Hierve el Agua, a rock formation that looks like a petrified waterfall. The Templo de Santo Domingo, completed in 1731, is a must-see for honeymooners, too.