Destination weddings are becoming more and more popular. Maybe because couples are finding that it's a less expensive alternative to a traditional big bonanza at home, or it might be the allure of having all your friends and family on one big holiday together. Whatever it is, I'm loving it! I've just been invited to a Bali wedding next year and I can't wait! The thought of being with all my friends in a stunning location where all of us are in 'holiday mode' is so fun!
So how do you blow your guests away with your wedding away? I have a few tips.
1. First impressions last!
Your Friends and loved ones have packed their bags and travelled for your big day. They have driven, sailed or flown in - a great way to welcome them is with a refreshing drink on arrival. Organise for the hotel staff to greet your guests with a hot or cold drink (depending on the season of course).
When your guests arrive to their rooms, greet them with a little welcome note and package. The package can contain anything you wish - perhaps a map of the area; a DIY guide book with ideas on what they can do during their stay; a phrase book (if needed); and a gift, such as sun-block and thongs (if the location is a beachy place) or a bottle of wine (if you are in the vineyards) you get the picture...
2. Besides the wedding
Arrange a fun group activity to get your friends out of the hotel and experiencing what the location has to offer. Try to think of something a little special that they will remember forever. Some ideas? A bush walk; snorkelling; wine tasting; ice skating; a sightseeing bus tour....
Whatever you choose, think about who you are planning for. Your great aunt may not wish to lace up some skates or don some hiking boots.
Don't organise too much for your guests - remember this is their holiday too and may have an agenda of what they want to see - besides your wonderful wedding of course.
3. Wrapping it up
Some ideas on ending the perfect week/weekend:
- Pamper your guests just a little more by organising breakfast in bed for all.
- Host a luncheon or BBQ before everyone sets off for their trip home.
- Put together some lunch boxes for your guests to take with them on the plane, in the train or car. A personal little thankyou note will make each of your guests feel very special.
- If your destination required a plane trip - It is always a good idea to organise a shuttle bus back to the airport for your guests.