So planning your destination wedding is one thing. But planning to attend one is a whole other ballgame. And we have the tips to help your destination wedding guests not only enjoy your wedding ceremony, but let them add this to the list of all time favorite vacations. Brides and grooms, this information is geared for you and your guests. So take note and share the love!
These 5 tips will create a smooth, carefree destination wedding experience for you and your guests.
1. Timing is Everything
Traveling over holidays/holiday weekends are often pricier across the board. So even though it’s a built in extra weekend day, the extra costs in hotel, flights, and package prices may not be worth it. In Florida, some of the cheaper times to visit are September, November (not Thanksgiving), December (not Christmas or New Year’s Eve), January, and February (not President’s Day/Race week).
2. Save the Date
Brides and grooms- notify your guests of your wedding date and location within 6-8 months prior to, if possible. Consider the fact that your friends and family may be cashing in on vacation time at work. This gives time to budget, plan, and increase the likelihood of attendance.
3. Group Rates
Airlines and hotels often offer group rates at a cheaper than normal price. Once you have a rough idea of who will definitely be attending/traveling, get plans for a group in order. It’s best to email or call the Florida hotels directly to ensure rate discounts and inquire about any special wedding accommodations.
4. Things To Do List
Once you have an established guest list, send out an email with some fun things for guests to do. Do some research and inform your guests about things to do before/after your beach wedding. Check out Trip Advisor’s Things to Do and see what catches your eye. It’s up to you if you want to create an itinerary and invite guests along or simply do your own newlywed outings and share other ideas with guests. Also prepare guests for predicted weather temperatures so they can pack accordingly- they may not realize the wedding is actually outside. 😉
If you have it in your budget, a welcome bag is a nice gesture to welcome guests and show appreciation for celebrating your wedding. A welcome note is a great idea with details about the wedding ceremony (time, location, directions, after party arrangements). If you can’t afford the bags and goodies, a welcome note alone is fine and necessary.
Ok, so now you have everything you need to know to share with your destination wedding guests. Now let’s give them a time and a place to celebrate with you. Click HERE to book your Florida Beach Wedding today!