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.
Purchase at Home
While it would be nice to source everything for your destination wedding from local vendors, logistically it doesn’t make sense. Here are the items you’ll want to buy at home and carry to your destination wedding.
Attire: Since your attire will likely need alterations, it’s best to purchase it at home. If you’re looking to add a local touch to your attire, consider purchasing accessories from a local artist. Be sure to have a back up though just in case it doesn’t work like you imagined.
Stationery: Your stationery pieces like save the dates and invitation suites will have to be sent in advance of your big day. Have your suite designed by someone near home so that it’s simpler to receive and mail out. If you want your wedding day stationery pieces to coordinate with your suite, plan on carrying them with you.
Rings and Essentials: Since there’s no guarantee that checked luggage and packages won’t get lost, you’ll always want to travel with important and valuable items. This includes items like wedding bands, heirloom pieces, emergency kits and travel documents and confirmations..
Incorporating local products and vendors into your wedding not only supports the local economy but allows you to create a more unique and authentic experience for your guests. When planning a destination wedding, we always encourage our clients to source the following items locally.
Flowers: Embrace your surroundings and feature flowers that are native to the location you’re getting married. Not only will it feel more authentic but you can guarantee the freshest florals for your day.
Rentals & Decor: You’ll obviously want to source larger rental items locally for logistical purposes. But, sourcing smaller items like linens, napkins and decor pieces makes travel easier on you. In addition to that, using local goods for decor embraces the destination’s look and feel.
Gifts: When creating welcome bags and favors for your guests, including local goods is a must. It introduces your friends and family to the place where they’ll be spending time in the coming day and allows them to take home a piece of the magic with them.
Vendors: With the exception of stationery and your planner, you’ll want to hire all other vendors locally. It would be incredibly difficult for vendors like your musicians, caterer, baker and bartenders to travel with everything they need to execute a flawless event for you. An exception to this is your photographer and videographer. Above all else, it’s important to find a photographer and videographer that you love and trust. It’s easier for these vendors to travel so hiring one from home works just as well as hiring someone local.