Are you and your fiance considering a destination wedding but don’t know quite where to start? The truth is a destination wedding, when done right, can be a dream come true. The alternative (when you don’t know the ins and outs of planning an event plus travel) can turn into a nightmare!
So, let our team at Travel N Relax, based in Denver, walk you through the process, starting with the basics.
What is a destination wedding?
A destination wedding is a celebration of marriage in a location outside of the couple’s hometown that requires travel. While you may automatically get an image of a beachside wedding on an island or a ceremony in a fairytale town outside of the country, destination weddings can really be held just about anywhere.
Spoiler alert: it’s your wedding, so you get to choose just about any place you desire! Love the beach? Then get married in a tropical location. Love the snow? Celebrate a love-filled winter wonderland in the mountains.
How do you plan a destination wedding?
Planning a destination wedding isn’t exactly one-size-fits-all. After all, each couple is unique, and so are their desires. But there is one thing all destination weddings do have in common: celebrating a lifetime union in a fun, unique, and memorable way.
By working with a professional destination wedding planner, you’ll get the best connections to venues and travel, along with our years of experience in successfully planning and managing destination weddings.
From small intimate celebrations to large gatherings, we make it simple:
- Step 1: You fill out a detailed questionnaire to help us understand your vision.
- Step 2: Our planners gather the best options for your review.
- Step 3: We schedule a meeting to go over the details of your destination wedding.
- Step 4: Sit back and relax; we do the planning for you and provide a timeline, so you know exactly what to expect.
While a beautiful destination wedding may feel like magic, it doesn’t happen by accident. There’s a lot of research, planning, and budgeting involved – and that’s where we come in!
By working with the area’s most experienced destination wedding planner, you’ll get access to the best ideas, connections, and deals. And instead of stressing and worrying about the wedding day, you can truly enjoy your special day! (After all, you only get one like it!)
Are destination weddings more expensive than traditional ones?
A destination wedding is typically less expensive than a traditional wedding and reception. The cost of your destination wedding depends on several factors, including the location, size, entertainment, and activities.
We’ll go over this in detail and help you set your wedding goals and budget to determine the total costs involved.
Do you pay for guests at a destination wedding?
Just like with a traditional wedding, the bride and groom are expected to pay for the reception and wedding festivities, including food and drink at the wedding.
As for paying for your guests’ travel and accommodations, this is totally up to you, but you are not expected to pay for your guests’ flights or hotels. As a courtesy, you should provide your guests with discounted hotel rates when you book a hotel block (and we’ll help you do this).
Having your guests pay for their participation in your wedding is completely normal, and a well-designed invitation that gives all the details far in advance lets your guests plan accordingly.
Plan your destination wedding with Travel N Relax:
We’re here to help you plan your dream wedding getaway and are part of the Destination Wedding and Honeymoon Specialists Association (DWHSA).
While it’s never too early to start researching destination wedding ideas, we recommend you contact our wedding planners at least one year in advance of your desired wedding date.
During this time, we’ll help you choose your perfect destination, venue, and hotel, plus connect you with the right suppliers, caterers, photographers, and more. In addition to this, our team handles the details, like assembling the guest list and sending out “Save the Dates.”
A full timeline of how we help plan your destination wedding can be viewed here.
Contact us today:
Phone: (303) 317-6945
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