Wish to have a destination wedding that no one will ever forget? Then remove the sandy beaches, ski slopes and skylines out of the equation. And think of your location as a blank canvas. As you begin to fill it in, just keep these 3 questions in mind: How can I make it exceptional? How can I make it feel like us? How can I make my guests comfortable?
So before you go ahead and book your tickets to Thailand or anywhere else, our team of professional destination wedding planners have laid a full proof plan of how you can entertain all of your loved ones with fun, memory-making and personalized events.
BUILD THE EXCITEMENT
A month before the wedding starts, send your friends and family a teaser via mail to get them excited for their coming trip. You can send them a gift that’s related to your destination — a beautiful shell, a bag of gourmet coffee beans, a fresh lei, or a bottle of local wine.
CREATE A FUN-FILLED ITINERARY
If you’re inviting your family and friends to join you for your destination wedding, it can be fun to plan a few group activities surrounding the big day. After all, how often do your loved ones gather in paradise to celebrate such a momentous occasion right?
ARRANGE TRANSPORT FACILITY FOR YOUR GUESTS
Arrange a van or a luxury bus to pick your guests up from the airport and shuttle them to the resort. If possible, hire a guide who knows a lot about the area as your guests will definitely ask a few questions. For extra brownie points, stick a “Welcome” sign on the van—this will definitely put a smile on their face.
START THE CELEBRATIONS WITH A BANG
The best way to welcome your guests to your destination is with a PARTY. This is a great opportunity to introduce anyone who hasn’t met before, and it also gives you a chance to mix and mingle with guests before the big day arrives.
PERSONALIZED WAKE-UP CALL
Your resort will be happy by this step! Instead of the boring wake-up calls, you and your husband-to-be record a personalized rise-and-shine greeting for your guests. Sing it, especially if you can’t!
SERVE GRAB AND GO MEALS
Coordinate with the restaurant to help pack portable picnic meals that guests can enjoy on the beach or on their daytime excursion.
ADD LOCAL TOUCHES TO THE VENUE
Just like your haldi ceremony back home, you’re bound to have an event as part of your destination wedding too. But why not give it a fun twist? For example, if your resort is at the beach, it’s a great idea to host your haldi ceremony on the shores of your resort’s private beach! Imagine bright yellow décor against the backdrop of the azure blue sea. Exciting, isn’t it?
GIVE YOUR GUESTS A TASTE OF THE LOCAL FLAVOR
As a special surprise to your guests, arrange for a local artist to perform an act in between or during the reception. There are plenty of options like: tarot-card readers, dance troupes, flame throwers, belly dancers etc.
TAKE A GROUP PICTURE
After the wedding, let your wedding planner gather all your guests together to take a group picture. Get the copies made of the photo promptly when you get back from your honeymoon, and include one with each thank-you card. After all, your wedding is a reunion — why not make the most of it?