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What Items Should You Source Locally?

When planning your destination wedding, there’s one big question most couples face. Do we purchase items at home and carry them with us or do we source them locally in country? When planning a destination wedding, there are certain elements of your day that will need to be purchased at home while others should be sourced locally. Here’s the breakdown of what to get where.

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Our Top 6 Destination Wedding Planning Tips

Most of your closest friends are engaged or already married. When you got engaged you all were excited to experience wedding planning together - share tips and vendor recommendations and even commiserate when it got stressful and overwhelming. But, planning your destination wedding will be a different experience than your friends are going through. Their tips, while helpful, won’t always be relevant to your experience.

But, as your destination wedding planners, we have the top six tips you’ll need to remember while planning your destination wedding.

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Why You Shouldn't Choose an All Inclusive for Your Destination Wedding

Just like with any wedding, there are endless decisions you will have to make between now and your destination wedding. What will the centerpieces look like? What will our main entree be? Should we choose raspberry or mango filling for the cake? The biggest decision you will have to make though is whether you will host your destination wedding at an all inclusive resort or not?

After planning countless destination weddings, we’ve found there are five main reasons you shouldn’t choose an all inclusive resort and here’s why.

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Wedding Welcome Bag Must Haves

Crafting a memorable destination wedding weekend is all in the details. From designing your invitations to sending your guests off in style with a post wedding brunch, focusing on the moments that matter will create a big impact. While your guest’s experience begins long before wedding weekend arrives, their first impression of your wedding when they arrive in country is the welcome bag.

We always work with our couples to design a welcome bag that is representative of not only who they are but the destination they’ve chosen. While the contents of each welcome bag will vary by wedding, these are the key items that every great bag should include.

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Three Destination Wedding Myths

You’re planning the ultimate vacation -  a week away with your closest friends and family, exciting excursions and time to enjoy a little R&R before the big day. Sounds like a total dream right? You could trade in the endless hours spent making decisions about table placement, cake flavors, linen colors and timelines for fun in the sun and daily happy hours.

While a destination wedding is worth every effort, it’s not always the escape from planning that some make it out to be. There are always going to be unknowns with planning a wedding in a foreign location, which is why it’s important to do your research (and hire a planner!). But, before you think you’ve learned all you can learn about destination weddings, here are the three most common myths often shared.

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Destination Wedding Planning Milestones

When you’re planning your wedding, there are certain tasks you will accomplish that make it all feel more real. Choosing your date and booking your venue, finding your wedding day attire and hiring each of your vendors are all exciting boxes to check on your planning to do list.

While most of your planning will follow a similar timeline to that of a local wedding, there are a few key tasks that must be handled sooner when planning a destination wedding. You’ll want to note these four planning milestones so you can ensure everything stays on track.

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The Five Best U.S. Cities for a Destination Wedding

Often times when you hear “destination wedding”, you think about a far off international location. However, you don’t have to travel far to have an unforgettable destination wedding experience. Some of the best locations are right in your backyard. With convenient travel options, ample activities for all your guests, plenty of accommodations and stunning views, these five U.S. cities are the perfect location for your destination wedding.

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5 Reasons Why You Need to Hire a Destination Wedding Planner

One of the most common misconceptions we often hear about destination weddings is that they’re a simple and stress free version of wedding planning. However, planning from a distance in a place you may have never been before can certainly cause some headaches and a lot of anxiety if you don’t have the right team on your side. Hiring a destination wedding planner, especially one with an in house travel agent, will make the planning experience much more enjoyable.

Here are the top five reasons why you need to hire a destination wedding planner.

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5 Things to Know About Attending a Destination Wedding

During the planning of your destination wedding, you’ll find that your guests have many questions. Since it’s likely the majority of your guests have never attended a destination wedding, they are probably unsure of the proper etiquette. While you could answer each of your guests directly, we suggest sharing this post. Here are the five things that every guest should know when attending a destination wedding.

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What Does a Destination Wedding Weekend Look Like?

We’re frequently asked what a destination wedding weekend looks like. Just like local weddings, every destination wedding is different with each couple personalizing outings and gatherings to match their personalities.  However, every wedding weekend will generally follow a similar format for events. Here’s how we like to curate our destination wedding weekends…

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The 6 Types of People You Shouldn't Invite to Your Destination Wedding

Weddings are meant to be a joyous celebration attended by your family and friends. For some, that can mean crowds of 200+ on the invite list. While this is very common with local or stateside weddings, destination weddings are meant to be a more intimate affair with most guest lists topping out between 30 and 50 people.

So, who exactly should you invite to your destination wedding? Immediate family and closest friends is the easiest answer. But, the better question is who should you not invite. Here are the six types of people you should never invite to your destination wedding…

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Five Destination Wedding Must Haves

Just like with any wedding, a destination wedding has must have items. Regardless of location, good food, a good bar and engaging entertainment are key to a successful celebration. However, when planning a destination wedding there are a few other must haves that are crucial to having a fun-filled, memorable experience.

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When to Cancel or Go On With a Destination Wedding Post Hurricane

If a hurricane strikes your destination wedding location, the effects could impact your wedding months after the season is over. The 2017 hurricane season was an active one with multiple named storms causing damage in the same locations. This left us all wondering whether to cancel or go on with planned Caribbean destination weddings months after the storms had passed.

When forced to make this decision, here are the things you need to consider first.

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Destination Wedding Travel Tips for Couples

Traveling for your destination wedding requires you bring a little more with you than on your standard trip. While packing you have to think through keeping essential items secure guaranteeing they make it all the way to your final destination with you. Here are our top destination wedding travel tips for couples.

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Our Dream Destination Wedding Cities

We have been very fortunate in our years in business to have traveled and planned weddings in some of the world’s most beautiful places. Being able to create these one-of-a-kind experiences for our clients and their guests brings us so much joy. We often get asked what are favorite or dream destination wedding locations would be. And while there are so many, we’re sharing our top seven with you today and telling you why they’d be perfect for your big day.

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Three Things Guests Love About Destination Weddings

You love the idea of having a destination wedding. The thought of jetting off somewhere special, bringing along your closest friends and family and enjoying the best vacation ever is a dream. However, you’ve probably heard that some people have mixed feelings on destination weddings. In case you’re on the fence about whether or not you’re guests would be up for the adventure, here are three things every guest loves about destination weddings.

 

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Are You a Beach or City Couple?

When you start planning your destination wedding, the first question that probably comes up for you is, “do we pick a relaxing beachside locale or jet off to the big city?” For some couples the answer is easy. For others, both options sound intriguing. If you’re on the fence about which way to go, here’s how you can figure out if you’re a beach couple or a city couple.

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