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How to Plan a Destination Wedding


Destination weddings are sometimes the easiest way to avoid the headaches and heartaches of wedding planning. If you eliminate a good portion of your guest list and let the venue handle a lot of your choices, you end up with an organized event that is done your way without interference from everyone around you. Having the wedding far away provides you a built-in excuse for a plethora of wedding issues. Even if it is not the case, you can always blame not being able to cater to someone else’s needs on a destination wedding. Do you have no desire to invite your second cousin’s ex-boyfriend? Tell them your destination location has severely limited the guest list. Want to pass on all the reception hoopla that often focuses on everyone but the bride and groom? It may not even be an option at your destination venue! If you want to plan a wedding far from home, there are a few additional concerns you will need to focus on. First of all, you will be traveling, so make sure you have great luggage that can handle a wedding trip. Choose pieces with telescoping handles or telescoping hand carts so you can move easily from place to place.

Next, plan on revising your guest list, chances are, there are many people who would come to a wedding nearby but would not be able to make it to a wedding far away. This is often good news for the bride and groom. If you want a small wedding and you think you will get a lot of rejections, go ahead and send invites to a normal sized guest list. However, if you do not even want to risk an unexpected yes response, trim the guest list to your nearest and dearest. You can always tell people they were not invited because you would never pressure them with the expense of traveling so far to attend.

To keep yourself organized for a destination wedding, create plenty of lists. Find a way to keep your lists organized, but make sure you write down everything that comes to mind. You will need to remember what to pack, what needs to be bought, what details need to be taken care of in advance, and what you need to do once you arrive at your destination. While destination weddings may seem simpler in some respects, organizing things from a distance can be frustrating. Keep organized right from the beginning so things do not get overwhelming.

If you are unsure about how things will flow on your wedding day, or you are having a tough time making decisions from a distance, consider a scouting trip to your destination. This is not always in the budget in the months leading up to the wedding. However, if you can swing a weekend away, it can put your mind at ease while planning. Schedule some visits to potential chapels, churches, reception venues, and hotels, just to be sure you are getting what you want on your big day.

Finally, even if you cannot visit beforehand, be sure you choose experienced vendors. There are locations that have handled thousands of weddings in the past and they are able to work out your details, personalize what you want, and still have everything go off without a hitch.

Stewart Wrighter recently purchased a couple of telescoping hand carts on the internet to help his aging mother and father transport their groceries. He ordered a couple of hand carts with telescoping handles online to help his daughter transport her luggage through the airport.

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