A Fantasy Wedding With
Destination Wedding Ideas
Destination wedding ideas are your starting point for a
fabulous wedding day in your favorite destination.
There are many good reasons for having a wedding away from home. Maybe
you want to get married on an island or other exotic place, or maybe
this is your second
and you just want to have a small ceremony with a few
close family and friends.
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Whatever the reason, below are some destination wedding ideas to get
you started with your
planning. There is a lot of information here, so you may want to
bookmark this page so you can easily return in the future.
Location ideas for your destination wedding are only limited by your
imagination. While the beach
and other tropical
locations are always popular choices, you can get married in a number
of different places.
The mountains are another great choice, especially for those that don't
live close to the beach or want to travel a long distance. Also,
resorts like Disney World can provide a fun backdrop for your wedding.
We strongly suggest hiring a wedding
and travel agent to help with all aspects of
destination wedding ideas. Planning a wedding remotely has
many challenges, so don't delay in hiring the help of these wedding professionals
Europe and Caribbean islands are typically some of the top choices for
a destination wedding.
To kick off your wedding, you may want to consider sending out save the
dates (at least a year in advance). This will let your guests know well
ahead of time what your plans are for your destination wedding.
Your invitations should represent the theme and location of your
destination wedding. If you are getting married on the beach
example, choose an invitation that displays the beauty of the island
you chose for your wedding.
Also, create a wedding website as soon as you start
planning your wedding. Your website will be essential
for communicating important information about your big day as well as
answering questions that your guests might have prior to the trip.
Welcome bags for your guests are not only a nice gesture, they are
essential for helping to communicate the timeline of your wedding as
well as other important information. Arrange to have them placed in
each guests room by your wedding
or hotel staff.
The bags should include information about the wedding such as time and
location of the rehearsal dinner and wedding day activities. It can
also contain fun items like snacks, drinks, items for children and any
other local items from the location of your wedding.
a great option for your welcome bags.
Attire for a destination event can be as formal or casual as you wish.
location and reception location will help to determine how you and your
bridal party should dress for your wedding day.
If you are getting married on an island or other tropical location,
attire tends to be on the casual side. Casual beach dresses
and beach wedding shoes
are common as well as other types of casual wedding dresses
especially for second
The groom and groomsmen attire should match the attire of the bride and
bridesmaids. So, if the bridesmaids are going casual, so should the
Many brides dream of getting married with their toes in the sand,
however there are other options as well. Many resorts and hotels have
gazebos and other outdoor locations, like gardens, that are perfect
options for saying your vows.
The timing of your wedding reception should be in the evening if you
are getting married in a warm climate. Your guests will appreciate not
having to sweat through your reception in the hot sun.
Most resorts offer standard packages, and others offer private dining
experiences in a restaurant on the resort grounds. Start early with
booking reservations for both your reception as well as other meals
like your rehearsal dinner.
It is always best to stick with wedding
that are local and in season. Find out what flowers
are native to the island or location of your wedding by talking to your
contact person at the resort or hotel, or work with a local florist.
Many times there will be flower
packages to choose from that include a nice variety of local flowers.
Ask about special requests if you don't see something you like, or have
help out by arranging everything with the hotel.
Food and Cake
For destination wedding ideas, you may have to go with the wedding cake
that are offered by the resort or hotel. When given a choice, try to
choose a flavor and style that is unique to the location of your
As an example, for a Hawaiian wedding you may want to choose a cake
pineapple, coconut or passion fruit.
The same goes for your wedding reception menu. Have local options
available on the menu for those guests that want to try some of the
Your wedding reception entertainment is a chance to really make your
big day unique. Research hiring local entertainment that can perform at
your wedding reception.
Destination wedding ideas for entertainment start with local music that
is native to the location of your wedding. Many islands offer a unique
style of music, like steel drums, salsa or
merengue. Hire local musicians, bands or DJs that can play music with a
Hire local entertainers, like hula dancers, as a special treat for your
guests. Even if it is only for a short time, doing this can create a
memorable wedding experience.
There are many options for wedding
when it comes to destination wedding ideas. You can
choose to include the favors in your guest's
welcome bag, or you can give your guests something small at the end of
your wedding reception.
Just remember that your guests may not have a lot of extra room in
their suitcases, so make it something small or something they will eat
right after the wedding or before they go home. Also consider any
restrictions that might prevent them from taking your wedding favor on
the plane ride home.
Destination wedding ideas wouldn't be complete without a signature
drink. Many islands feature special liquor, like rum, which are a great
starting point for your signature drink.
This could be something as simple as a local micro-brewed beer in
Colorado or something exotic like a fruity drink from a coconut. Have
some fun with it and come up with a catchy name for your wedding