Written By: Terri Mitchell
There are so many details surrounding a wedding, and it is easy to get bogged down and lose some of the joy that should be inherent to the process. This is compounded when planning a wedding somewhere else, a destination event that includes loved ones from home and members of the wedding party. Perhaps the easiest and most stress-free approach to a memorable destination wedding is to take advantage of some of the inclusive packages offered by travel agents, websites and businesses. For example, there are packages offered by third-party groups that sub-contract out various vendors and services, or there are inclusive deals through hotels and resorts that cater to each detail of the affair with an in-house planning team.
Whatever the preference, planning a destination wedding should never be a last-minute decision unless an elopement is planned. There are aspects related to these events that take time to coordinate and it is better etiquette to inform guests of the nuptials six to eight months ahead for them to make travel plans. Consider some of the following options when contemplating a ceremony in another locale and make the wedding a far less stressful experience:
An exotic cruise is an exemplary way to get married, pamper guests and enjoy a relaxing honeymoon, all in one inclusive vacation experience. Cruise directors and staff are adept at planning ceremonies, hosting parties and providing resources to accommodate showers, rehearsals and festivities of a wedding. This also gives every member of the group a fun and memorable vacation with a wide range of activities on board to keep them occupied. Food and stay are covered in the cost of the cruise and groups will receive reduced fares per person.
If traveling on a cruise ship is not the desired wedding venue, look for one of the many tropical resorts that offer high-end luxury amenities amid a beautiful, serene backdrop. Blocks of rooms will accommodate guests and attendants, while on-site services, dining, spa, golf and other services will keep everyone busy and happy. These will require advance reservation for resort staff to plan and pull-off a spectacular wedding and their experience and attention to detail ensures it will be a magnificent day.
A charter is a great destination wedding concept and chartering a luxury bus to the casinos of Vegas or a popular attraction is a great way to enjoy the entire wedding experience with family and friends. This does limit the number of individuals that can participate; couples will need to arrange where the group will stay, where rehearsals or ceremonies will take place and other details of the trip. Some hotels and charter companies will accommodate such events but this will require some early collaboration and planning. Unless the couple wants to leave everyone on their own, there will need to be some work done ahead of time.
If the couple has a specific hotel in mind, talking with the concierge could begin the process of planning the destination nuptials. Many high-end, popular hotels have on-site services that include clergy, catering, music and florists to create a dream venue that requires little effort on the couple’s part.
Getting married somewhere intriguing or exciting is a wonderful way to start a life together. If the couple wants the most effortless experience, opting for an inclusive package could be the best approach. If the wedding is small and intimate, there is more versatility pertaining to destination options and preparations can be made more spontaneously. Regardless of the details of the affair, a destination wedding promises to provide memories and experiences that will last a lifetime for anyone in attendance.