Half holiday and half wedding, having a destination
wedding at a faraway location isn’t as difficult to plan or execute as you may
To make your life easier, we’re going to cover a few
tips for anyone looking to plan a destination wedding.
Location, Location, Location
Location is everything when planning your destination
wedding. The first thing you should consider is how easy the location is for
your family and close friends to get to your destination. Most couples aim for
exoctic locations that they’ve always had in the back of their minds. Before
you book, think about how realistic this is for your loved ones to get to as
well as the paperwork needed to marry legitimately in that city or country as a
visitor. Yes, this exists. In order to marry in a different country than your
own, you must request and file paperwork to make it legal in the US. Some of
the more complicated countries include Italy, Mexico, and the Cayman Islands.
Make sure to visit your location prior to the big day
to ensure that the accommodations, locations, and food are everything you
wanted and more. Make sure to meet the people who will be helping to make your
dream wedding possible (the wedding planner, on-site coordinators, etc.)
More often than not, destination weddings are cheaper
to host but more expensive for guests to attend. When planning a destination
wedding, you can forget fancy decor since the beach and sunset will set the
scenery for your wedding. For a destination wedding, it’s also much more
accepted to have fewer guests in attendance, which cuts down on food expenses.
For your guests, a destination wedding may be more
pricey than they had planned. They have to pay for plane tickets (round trip),
hotel accommodations, and plan for vacation time in order to make it to all of
your wedding. Make sure to plan out your attendees’ costs as well as your own
to insure that it’s within everyone’s reasonable budget before booking.
So your wedding is on the West Coast, but your
groomsmen and best man are scattered across the country. With Savvi’s Coast to
Coast Certified Fit Guarantee, your bridal party doesn’t have to live in the
same city, to take advantage of Savvi’s incredible tuxedos. Savvi Formalwear
stores are located all over North America and with the Savvi Online Wedding
Manager you can easily send your groomsmen and best man specific instructions
of how to measure and map out their perfect tuxedo. They can be measured at any
Savvi location, and submit their measurements directly online. Savvi will then
custom fit their tuxedo and send it straight to your wedding destination. It’s
as simple as that. Learn more about how Savvi can accommodate any “Out of Town Groomsmen” in your Wedding Party!
Planning for a destination wedding takes a lot of
time, preparation, and commitment. Make sure you tell your guests well in advance that you are planning a destination wedding
and that they should plan for ___ date. It’s respectful to tell them about 6
months in advance to ensure that they can get cheap plane tickets and
accommodations. Actual invitations should go out to your guests about 8-12
weeks prior to your big day, but they should already know the date before
receiving the invite.
The overall generalization we can make about
destinations weddings is to plan, plan, plan far in
advance of the big day. Make sure that you have addressed every
single detail including the location, transportation, and accommodations; you
definitely don’t want to overlook anything.