As the bride or groom, you’re always in constant project management mode to make sure every detail is completed to meet your expectations for the perfect destination wedding. Of course, you can always rely on a trusted travel agent to help so you’re both not stressed out prior to your stroll down the aisle. To make your wedding extra special, we decided to pull together a list of 7 simple ways you can make this hallmark event that you nor your guests will ever forget.
Cover the Cost of Travel for Guests
This is a big splurge, but making sure the people you care about most are able attend your wedding is priceless. Talk to our travel agents about special rates for group travel for your airfare and hotel. Often times, you get better rates when they are booked as a package.
Throw a Welcome Party
Although not a necessity, a pre-wedding welcome party is a great way for guests to get to know one another and set the tone for your time together. There are no rules for an event like this, so whether you’re thinking cocktails on the veranda or beers on the beach, let your style be your guide.
Book a Photographer
You’ve already picked a photographer, so why not hire them for a few extra hours to capture your guests’ special moments too? Take advantage of the gorgeous locale and send your guests home with frame-worthy professional photos – from your cousin’s new baby to casual pics of your best friends goofing off around the pool.
Organize a Group Activity
Group activities create memories that will last a lifetime, such as chartering a boat for an afternoon, arranging a cooking class for the group, or hiring a personal guide for an island tour. Finding something for every age, interest and ability can be tough, but Vacation’s travel specialists will be able to point you in the right direction.
Arrive a Few Days Before Your Guests
With the expense of the wedding and honeymoon, an additional few days away might seem extravagant, but you’ll thank yourself once your guests start to arrive and you can relax knowing that you or someone else taken care of all the details. Use the time to meet with vendors, put together your welcome bags, and go hunting for the best local bars and restaurants.
Don’t Skip the Welcome Bags
Welcome bags might seem like an unnecessary expense, but when they’re done right, they are worth their weight in gold. Maps, restaurant suggestions, and a detailed itinerary give your guests the information they need to function without relying on you. Do you really want to be a 24/7 concierge? Welcome bags are especially important for destination weddings, especially if guests aren’t familiar with the area and have more free time to themselves.
Hire Live Entertainment
Talented musicians can take your party to a whole new level. Get everyone on the dance floor with a fun-loving mariachi band, have a jazz quartet play the first dance song, or hire a drummer to accompany the DJ. With thoughtful planning, a couple can create a real romantic stories that you’ll all remember for a lifetime.
Inspired by this article and need help planning your dream destination wedding? One of Vacation’s on-call travel experts will match you with an expert travel agent, who can customize the dream wedding you both deserve.