Sandy Toes, Salty Kisses: Planning Tips For Your Destination Wedding

Whether you are looking for an intimate getaway with a few close friends and family members or plan on inviting everyone you know, it is never too early to start planning your Florida destination wedding. If done right, destination weddings can be a fun and beautiful way to celebrate your love and the beginning of your life together. These types of wedding celebrations usually involve more detailed planning and some extra time to coordinate. Check out these destination wedding tips to plan the wedding you have always dreamed about.

Timing is Everything

Even in weddings that do not involve a destination, timing can be a weighty factor. There can be various events in your personal life or in the lives of those close to you that you need to plan around. With destination weddings, you will need to consider your budget and how much you want to deal with crowds when selecting a date. If you choose to say your vows during the height of vacation season, consider booking your hotel and other venues, at least, one year in advance. This will ensure that you get the hotel and location that you want and it will also allow your guests to book their flights and accommodations before prices increase.

Test the Waters

One of the most recommended tips to planning a destination wedding is to visit your location at least once, if not two or three times, prior to your wedding day. During the first trip, you can tour spaces for both the reception and ceremony, as well as hotels and a place to hold your rehearsal dinner. In addition, you can meet with and hire photographers, caterers, florists, and other local suppliers. On subsequent trips, you can have cake and food tastings, see the work of your florist and select flowers for your bouquet, have a practice hair and makeup session and organize activities for your guests.

Plan on Pampering Your Guests

Whether they travel 200 miles or 2000, your guests will have likely spent a pretty penny to witness your big day and many will have put their own lives on hold during this time. The best way to show your gratitude and appreciation is to make the trip convenient and easy for them and pamper them. You should consider giving them all welcome bags complete with outdoor essentials such as sunscreen, bottled water, and bug repellent. Invite them to the rehearsal dinner and brunch the day after your wedding. It is also a good idea to assign one to two contact people for guests who may have problems, such as not being able to find their hotel or forgetting to arrange an airport transfer. This will help your guests feel well taken care of and take one less worry off of your mind.

Check with the Bridal Party

Prior to asking your maid of honor or best man to commit, be open and upfront about your destination wedding. These weddings often require extra commitments of time and money of the bridal party, which some people may not be up for. It is best to put all of your cards on the table before asking.

Photo: Tim Dodd Photography

Lover’s Key Weddings


8700 Estero Blvd,
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

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