DESTINATION: I DO

Are you considering a Destination Exchange of Vows? I think we are all ready to travel and gather with loved ones again these days.

Yes, of course this can be daunting, however with the help of a Professional Wedding Planner you can pull off destination I Do’s saving yourself time, stress, and money?

Will your loved ones support you on this? Wedding Planning can be stressful enough in your own backyard, if you find yourselves debating or needing to convince the VIPs to embrace your decision, I am here to offer you some expert guidance. After over two decades of planning destination weddings for clients I will share why a destination wedding is such a wonderful plan.

With a destination wedding in a stunning setting, your location of choice supplies the theme, from being surrounded by the sea barefoot in the sand to a historic inn to a mountain view ranch. These backdrops allow you to save on décor; I guide clients to use what you already have on site. And when you choose an amazing backdrop, it does not take much to dress it up. Opt for a castle, a vineyard or a historic inn already furnished with timeless antiques, and you will be left with just adding some simple florals and personal touches to make it perfectly yours!

If you are struggling with a giant guest list, this option is a way to overcome this without hurting anyone’s feelings. The very nature of destination weddings require travel, a longer time commitment and accommodations which gives you the perfect excuse to cut down on that growing guest list. Think distant cousins and colleagues will be offended? You can always throw a post wedding bash complete with a video slideshow and loads of photos on your return.

The average wedding lasts for five hours, and the bride and groom spend most of that time running from table to table, trying to say hello to everyone while smiling for photos. A destination I DO averages three days, which equates to spending more time with those you love! Now that you have finally gotten your nearest and dearest together, you can actually spend quality time with them!

Ask your Planner or Resort about discounted room blocks for your guests; most hotels and inns are more than willing to negotiate in exchange for the group business. Most airlines also offer discounted airfares for groups of 10 or more even if your guests are departing from different locations. Destination weddings give friends and family that most valuable gift of downtime, so you can all kick back, connect and celebrate.

Part of the joy of a destination wedding is sharing a place that has special meaning to you, perhaps that is where you both met or a beloved childhood summer home, sharing where you took your first vacation as a couple or simply going to a place you have always dreamed of visiting. Create lifelong memories.

You will be at your destination for a few days, so work with your wedding partners to see how timing can trim costs. If all your guests are there it will not matter what day the wedding is on. Everyone loses track of what day it is when on vacation. Seasons also play a key factor with most Caribbean resorts dropping rates dramatically in April. Planning your wedding around peak seasons can score you the same fabulous places for a fraction of the costs paid by visitors just a few weeks earlier. Likewise, mountain resort towns offer big savings in spring and fall.

Just arriving at your destination is sure to put you in a stress-free state of mind, you can relax and kick off the pre-wedding festivities! Many resorts offer automatic upgrades to the special couple over their wedding stay, and you may be able to negotiate an extended honeymoon at a reduced rate after your guests have all gone home.

Connect with me to learn more about a hot new destination and specials being offered for Tacari Brides at the Belle Air Mansion & Inn | Nashville, TN. A historic property available for wedding buyouts offering multiple onsite areas for all your celebrations to happen in one location. And located only minutes from the heart of music city!

Cheers to Happy & Healthy Wedding Planning

Kristin Sullivan | The Bridal Retreat & Swivel Group Events

Kristin Sullivan | Wedding & Wellness Coach | Chief Celebration Officer @Swivel Group Events Creator of The Bridal Retreat + idoin30 wedding & wellness planning deck + a wedding journal + hipbetty