Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Wediquette: Destination Wedding Do's and Don'ts

When having a destination wedding, there are simple ideas that you should definitely include and some ideas that you should definitely stay away from. Here's a short list to keep your wedding planning smooth and ensure that both you AND your guests have a magical experience:

Do: Get references from your venue from previous couples regarding the in-house wedding coordinator. If the reviews aren't stellar, hire your own - it may just be the factor that saves your wedding weekend from chaos.

Don't: Assume that the Preferred Vendor list provided by a hotel / venue is full of quality vendors. Those companies pay to be on the Preferred Vendor list - do background research on how quality their services are.

Do: Create welcome bags and itineraries for your guests. They've traveled from afar and would like to know where and when to be as well as have a small snack!

Don't: Skimp on decor or design simply because you either need the money to afford the venue fee's or you feel the place has enough going on. If you need to make a last minute switch to a different location, you want to make sure it looks just as good as your original space.

Do: Have a concrete rain plan in place in case of inclement weather. Make sure that you are 100% comfortable with the rain plan, you may need it and you don't want to be unhappy with your secondary choice.

Don't: Get upset if you wind up having less guests than you expected. Everyone's financial situation is different and you have to respect that if someone you thought was coming can't afford to.

Do: Show your appreciate for everyone who traveled to your wedding. Acknowledge their effort and tell them repeatedly how much you appreciate it.

Don't: Forget the sunscreen. If you head down to the destination early, wear tons of sunblock before the wedding day - red and white candy strips are probably not what you want to go with your dress!

Happy Planning!

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