Destination wedding Do’s and Dont’s
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For months, the couple planned their destination getaway like a tactical assault. Thanks to their research and hustle, the whole experience was big fun for all [except for the puppy that lost the fight].
But what about those distant weddings that go horribly pear-shaped? Whether you’re getting hitched in Canada or in the Virgin Islands, here are some Dos and Don’ts on how to stage an enjoyable destination wedding:
-Be specific to your guests about how much their room, flights, and travel connections will cost, what their options are, and how and when they should pay.
-Plan it together. You’re a team. Just be sure to turn your planning into a fun series of dates over drinks, dinners, camping, or bowling — whatever turns it from a chore to a joy.
-Consult a wedding planning/scheduling website like The Knot. It’ll help you discard the stuff you don’t care about, so you can create a personalized To Do list that matters.
-Know the lay of the land. Getting married on a beach? You’ll sink in it like quicksand if you try to wear your prized 5″ stilettos.
-Book hotel blocks with discounts. Yes, we know, it’s a $$-burning year — and as a bride & groom you’re getting used to aiming a money hose at everything. But not everyone is swimming around in a vault of money.
-Make a simple wedding website. It’ll save you a ton of hassles, questions, and panicky emails. The site should include clear directions and a list of activities including a social on the first night so guests can get acquainted and/or pick out their ‘boating partners’.
-Remind people to bring credit cards, smiles, sunscreen, special clothing, and their up-to-date passports. If you’re getting married in a country that requires a special visa or inoculation shots, let your guests know months in advance.
-Discourage neckties. The only people who should wear ties at resorts are the concierge or the security guards, and even then, those ties should be clip-ons in case a guest gets surly and grabby [I admit nothing]
-List every meal & menu that will be included for guests. For those meals that aren’t included, give options for local restaurant/grocery stores.
-Consider buying destination wedding insurance in case, say, your guests break a foghorn when they’re climbing atop a boat to have a tipsy moonlight make out.
-Get a DJ. They can read the crowd better (and are more reliable) than mixed CDs or iPods that may not work on every sound system.
–Check the rings with your luggage. Hold those babies close to your loving chest.
-Expect everyone to come to your wedding at the top of a volcano in East Java. Some of your best friends won’t have the time or resources to afford. Be understanding if they can’t make it and, instead, plan a separate get-together that you both will enjoy.
-Tell resorts you’re having a wedding, if you can avoid it. Instead, say it’s a family reunion. The second you mention ‘wedding’, they’ll try to sell you an exorbitantly-priced wedding package. Even if you turn that down, the price will soar through the roof.
-Have an open mic for speeches if you don’t want your drunk idiot friends to spill the beans to your whole family about that time you were arrested/in a cult [Trust me, I once was that drunk idiot friend].
-Invite anyone who doesn’t care about you.
If you’ve been to (or been the co-star of) a destination wedding, what tips can you pass on?
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