Hey, hey, it’s Wednesday! That means it’s time for me to answer your wedding planning and styling questions that you submitted on social media using #AskDes.
A lime green Hyundai Kona. My friend, Daniella McBride. Hawaii. Add these three things together and you get one epic road trip around the Big Island of Hawaii. Daniella and I spent the week in flowing dresses with our sunroof open and our music turned up. We experienced paradise in all its forms, from taking in the serene ocean and the magically foggy mountain views to getting our thrill on with zip lining and indulging in the local cuisine. There really is something about road tripping–it makes the journey the destination and all the things that happen along the way add to the adventure. Let’s do it again, Daniella!
Now for your questions!
Steffy asks: I’m thinking about having a destination wedding. How do I know if this is a good option for us?
Did someone say destination wedding? Here’s what you need to consider before getting your passport!
Your vision. Do your wedding fantasies involve a quaint European city or a white sand beach? Not really into the local weddings you’ve attended before? If that’s the case, then a destination wedding might be perfect for you. However, if you’ve always dreamed of that traditional white wedding, you might want to save your travels for the honeymoon.
Where your families and friends live. The nice thing about a destination wedding is that you can cut down on your guest list as only your very closest friends and family will most likely attend. For couples whose families and friends are already scattered in different places, a destination wedding can be a wonderful idea. Everyone already has to travel so might as well have them travel someplace beautiful!
Your budget. It’s true! A destination wedding can save you money if you select a venue that has an all-inclusive wedding package. It can also roll your nuptials and honeymoon into one–your wedding location can be your jumping off point for your honeymoon travels.
Your personality. If you are flexible and don’t have a ton of time to put into planning, a destination wedding might work well for you, especially if you pick a venue that specializes in weddings. With an all-inclusive package, the individual planning tasks are taken out of your hands and placed into those of industry professionals. However, if you want to oversee every aspect of the day, you might want to stick with a local option–when you plan a destination wedding, you don’t get to see things in person and you have to trust others to make your dreams come true (which they definitely can…it just depends if that’s something you want).
Sarah asks: For my destination wedding, how do I make my guests feel at home?
If your wedding is abroad, making sure your guests have a good experience begins ahead of time! Send out Save-the-Dates early so your family and friends can plan, request time off, and book their tickets. Help them out by reserving blocks of hotel rooms at special rates. When they arrive, it’s a nice gesture to have a welcome basket in their room. This can include a guidebook to the area, applicable goodies (like sunscreen or bug spray for warmer temps and mittens or hot chocolate kits for snowy climates), and a small gift that ties into the locale (re: Swiss chocolates if you are tying the knot in the Alps). If your budget is a little tight, don’t worry! A sweet welcome note goes a long way.
You might also want to plan some fun events prior to the wedding, like a welcome brunch, guided tour, or activity. This way, your guests can get to know each other while exploring the new locale!
That’s it for now! Come back next week for more questions and answers!