Lost, wrinkled, stained. All words you DON’T want to hear in the same sentence as the words “wedding dress.” So we’ve got just the ticket for keeping your dress safe and sounds throughout your beach wedding travels. From flight to hotel read on to learn how to travel with a wedding dress .
How to Travel with a Wedding Dress
Rule #1: Avoid packing your wedding dress in checked luggage.
Don’t let the fate of your wedding dress lie in the hands of baggage handlers. Bags may unintentionally be damaged or lost so play it safe and use a carry on when you travel with a wedding dress .
Carry On/Garmet Bag:
You may choose a carry on garment bag or hard shelled overhead luggage. Check with your airline requirements for sizes and carry on regulations. Don’t assume anything. If you have an oversized bag or too many bags, you may be forced to gate check. And that goes against Rule #1: avoid packing your wedding dress in checked luggage. You can also call your airline ahead of time to see if they would potentially offer closet space (often at the discretion of the flight attendants on duty). Check out this short YouTube video to get wedding dress carry on packing tips.
*Check with a professional (dress sales people or alteration specialist) to see if your dress will require steaming. You can pick up a travel steamer for around $30.
Professional Fold & Pack:
So the same laundry services that offer bridal gown preservation/storage often also offers professional bridal gown packing.
Check with flight attendants to see if there is available closet space to hang your dress. If not, you can place your hard shelled luggage in the overhead bin. If you have a garment bag, kindly ask your seat mates if you could lie your dress on top of the luggage bags in the overheard bins.
Arriving early to your gate will allow for a little more flexibility with storage options.
Car Travel: Upon arriving to your destination city. You’ll want to practice the same travel tips in the car as you did on the plane.
Hotel: Hang your dress immediately. Remove garment bag and hang dress in a safe, dry place. Often hotels offer on steaming/pressing services so check with front desk. The night before you wedding give your dress one last steam if required. And now you’re good to go!
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So you’ve chosen a destination wedding. But on the fence as to whether or not to host a party back home after the wedding? Is it too expensive? What’s expected? What’s proper etiquette for inviting guests? Bottom line, you want to know- is your post destination wedding reception worth having?
Post Destination Wedding Reception
There are different reasons for having a post destination wedding reception. But let’s first make sure you’re headed on the right path to your “after party.” Wedding receptions are a time to celebrate the newly married couple. A time to eat, drink, and party (whatever that looks like to you)! Read below for the three post wedding reception points- Affordability, Expectations, and Etiquette to see if an “after party” is right for you.
Before you commit to a home reception, make sure you have room for it in your budget. Depending on the size of your guest list, the amount will differ, but a fair price point is to expect to spend roughly $10/person. That price includes light food, drinks, simple decor, and cake. Of course, that number is loose and you can add or subtract according to your level of food & entertainment. If you’re looking a restaurant for your after party price will remain close to the $10/person mark. Any venue space will add thousands in rental fees to your budget(think not just the space but also tables, linens, caterer…). So it’s best to keep it simple at home or an affordable restaurant/private room. And while we’re talking money saving tips, you can read here about how to keep your overall destination wedding budget under control.
The main purpose of a post destination wedding reception is to celebrate the bride and groom (NOT a gift donation scheme, see “Etiquette” for more on that). That being said, here are ideas for food, entertainment, and decor for a home reception to get your guests in party mode:
- Food– Guests should expect some sort of food, drink, and wedding cake. Some ideas:
- Food-Finger foods(chicken tenders, party sandwiches), themed meals (tacos, spaghetti, etc.) You can even get reasonable catering quotes from places like Chipotle, Tijuana Flats, or Chick Fil A
- Drink- Booze or no booze? A few bottles of wine, cooler of beer, and/or a signature cocktail are perfect if you’re going with alcohol. No need for a fully stocked bar, but nice to offer a celebratory drink. Dry reception? Lemonade, tea, soda, and water are staple reception beverages.
- Dessert- Traditional wedding cake is always a winner. You can also check out these DIY “wedding” desserts
- Entertainment– No need for a DJ, games, and a bag of tricks. Keep it a simple, social event where you get to talk about your big day and enjoy the company of family and friends.
- Photo slideshow/album. Smilebox is a great resource for creating slideshows and is very user friendly (for both Mac and PC users). You don’t need a degree in graphic design or editing to make a quality slideshow.
- Decor- You can really find some simple decor at affordable prices to add a little wedded touch. No need to go full Pinterest wedding mode here. A nice touch here and there will set a perfectly wedded party mood. A beach/nautical themed “Just Married” or “Mr. & Mrs.” banner is a great touch. Fresh flowers are also festive and fun decor!
Who to invite: Give your guest list some thought. Are you inviting a large group? Only those who were invited to the wedding, including those who couldn’t make the wedding? Maybe you eloped and you want to have a family/close friends gathering. It’s up to you how big or small you make your home reception. But, as with any wedding, consider those closest to you and avoid making it just an opportunity to receive a bunch of gifts. Those closest to you will likely shower you with gifts, but that shouldn’t be the motive for hosting your party.
When to invite: If you’ve given this a lot of thought ahead of time, you can make mention of it on your invitations. Otherwise, a simple e-vite is cheap/free and simple.
Thank you: Thank your guests for coming. An elaborate speech isn’t necessary but a formal announcement of gratitude is an appropriate gesture. And of course, thank you cards for any gifts received is standard practice.
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So you’ve chosen a destination beach wedding. And now the question is do you want to show up to your wedding looking like a bronzed, sun-kissed local or don your fair skin? The choice is yours whether or not to “pre-tan.” And the best advice is to choose whatever will have you feeling like singing, “I feel pretty, oh so pretty!” 😉 So let’s assume for the sake of this post, that you decide to get your tan on. Here’s a list of the do’s and don’t’s for your beach wedding spray tan preparations:
Do’s and Don’t’s for a Beach Wedding Spray Tan :
DO :Try out your spray tan BEFORE your wedding day.
This allows you to make sure you like the idea AND make sure your make up matches your spray tan skin (picture “Snow White” face make up & “Pocahontas” tan body- yikes)! If this is not an option for you, consider nixing the idea. Mystic Tan is a spray tanning company with services across the country. The product is consistent from salon to salon. This means you can have a trial spray tan in your home town. Loving your beach-y glow? Check out these tanning salons in Destin and Panama City Beach , Florida to plan your tan. Most people look great with a spray tan, but give it try before your big day. AND go for the trial at least 3 weeks before your wedding. The spray tan can last up to 14 days and you won’t want a double spray tan. Can you say Oompa Loompa?
DON’T: Let the day(s) before your wedding be the first time you ever try a spray tan.
Bad idea. Like we just said, most people look great with a spray tan. But don’t take a chance on “most.”
DO : Tan 2-3 days BEFORE your wedding day.
The first day of spray tan leaves a distinct scent (along the same lines as hair salon after color treatment or nail salons and strong chemicals). Days 2 & 3 are ideal tan days. The tan is still fresh but after a shower or two is most natural looking.
DON’T: Get a spray tan the day of your wedding.
The spray tan may wear off on your beautiful white dress within the first few hours/day of tanning. And the first day is just a little smelly and unnatural. A shower will take care of that though!
DO: Plan your tan ahead of time. Tips for the day of your tan:
- The best time to tan is night time (read on and you’ll see why)
- You will want to take a shower, exfoliate, and be sure to NOT wear any lotions, deodorant, perfumes, cremes, make up.. you get the point. Bare skin.
- Stay dry- You MUST NOT get any part of your body wet within approximately 8 hours of tanning. This includes rain, little splashes from the hand washing sink, spilled drinks… again, you get the point. The water stops the tanning process. So unless you want to look like a polka dot princess, be sure to check the weather for rain and stay dry (easiest to do close to bed time and sleep for the “dry” time).
- Getting a manicure or pedicure? Do so BEFORE tanning. The scrubs and exfoliants used for your mani/pedi may wear away your foot/leg tan.
- Prepare what you’ll wear. You can wear a bikini, just panties, or sans clothing during the spray tan. Just consider your dress lines and straps.
DON’T: “Wing it.”
A spray tan isn’t really complicated, but to get the results you want, you need to follow the directions.
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There are the color swatches. And the dress shopping. The vow choices. And the perfect location. Then there’s the icing on the (wedding) cake- hair and make up. Stay tuned for make up tips, but for now, let’s talk about trending wedding hair. Beach wedding hair to be exact. So here’s a break down of some hair style options by length. And some crucial generic beach wedding hair tips.
Trending Wedding Hair – Beach Edition
Tips for ALL hair colors, lengths, and fullness:
- MPH– I’m talking wind here. Consider the unpredictability of the wind conditions. You could have a bright sunny day, but a normal day’s sea breeze gets things moving. And by things, I’m talking your hair. So whether your hair’s up, down, or somewhere in between, keep your face clear. A simple pin back with a cute, beachy accessory or a headband could do the trick.
- D.I.Y. or call in the professional: Do you have some wiggle room in your budget for hair and make up? If so, this is a good place to go for it. There’s just something about the magic touch of a stylist that keeps things in all the right places for the long haul. Especially for beach weddings when you’re considering sand, salt, heat, wind, etc. Maxed out budget? Don’t sweat it. Seek help from a fashion savvy friend, or a YouTube style channel, and do a few practice runs. Oh, and LOTS of hairspray!! 🙂
- Be realistic: In the world of internet stock images and photoshop, don’t be fooled. Finding an image or style that “inspires” you is a GREAT place to start. But be willing to modify the look to fit your beach wedding and personal hair type. Consider thickness, length, and curl/straight and be aware of how that affects your style options. If you have heavy, thick, straight hair, springing curls may not work for you. However, you can still achieve a beachy wave or similar look. Just cater to your natural beauty.
On the lookout for some inspirational trending wedding hair styles? Check out our photo gallery of previous weddings. And see below for a variety of potential beach wedding hair styles.
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Stress free. Perfectly romantic. Beautiful beach sunset. Do those thoughts make your engaged heart beat with excitement? If you like the thought of a destination beach wedding, but don’t quite know how to do it, check this out:
Destination Beach Wedding Guide:
- Choose Your Location: East coast or west coast? North or South Florida? Many of Florida’s beaches have made the “Best Beaches in the U.S.” list. A west coast wedding is perfect for stunning sunsets and white sandy beaches. While the east coast offers historic cities and world famous entertainment spots. Both coasts provide lots of opportunities for accommodating both night life party-goes, quiet nature enthusiasts, and everything in between. Determining your own must-haves and creating a pros/cons list can help you narrow down your most desirable beach wedding spots!
- Determine Your Budget: Figure out how much you’re able to spend on your wedding day and break it down into these main categories:
- Wedding Package- See pricing here
- Wedding Dress/Groom Attire
- Transportation (flights, taxis/Uber/gas)
- Day of Preparations (hair, make up)
- Guest List: By browsing wedding package options, you can see the price points on smaller vs. larger weddings. Once you’ve determined your guest list, be sure to notify family and friends of your date. The sooner the better so they can also plan for an exciting and fun vacation!
- Honeymoon Included: Don’t forget the costs you’ll be saving on a honeymoon. You’ll already be in a paradise location so stay a little longer and enjoy your first days as Mr. & Mrs. soaking up the sun and relaxing by the water!
- One Stop Shop: The best thing about choosing Your Wedding Company is the affordability and convenience. Save money and time by eliminating multiple vendors, travel researching, phone calls and emails. We provide everything you need the day of your wedding (officiant, photographer, set up and break down). If you’re traveling to an unfamiliar beach, rest assured we will help you create the destination beach wedding of your dreams!
So you’re preparing and planning for your Clearwater Beach Wedding and you’re thinking about beach wedding favors. Well let’s assume you’ve already hired Your Clearwater Beach Weddings to organize and prepare the perfect wedding day. If you’ve done that, the only real necessity left to plan is what to wear and how to get to the beach. Sound too good to be true? It’s not. Your Clearwater Beach Weddings can work with you to take care of everything for a perfect wedding from set up to officiant, photographer to music. Click here for proof and a break down of what Clearwater Beach Weddings has to offer.
So, now where were we? Your Clearwater Beach Weddings has everything covered, but you want to add a few more personal touches. Here are some ideas for favors and the do’s and don’ts of what to bring to the beach.
5 Ideas for Beach Wedding Favors at Your Beach Wedding:
- Keep it simple- There may not be immediate access to garbage cans and it’s likely your guests may not be bringing bags or purses onto the sand. So when choosing beach wedding party favors, avoid items with something involving lots of plastic wrapping or bulky items that are a hassle to carry.
- Sweet Treats- Want the perfect beach wedding treat? Match the salty air with some tasty saltwater taffy. Simply put these yummy treats in a clear baggie, tie with some ribbon, and you have an easy and colorful wedding favor. You can even buy local, Florida made taffy and have it shipped. Click here to order. Not into taffy? Choose another sweet or salty snack for your guests to enjoy, but be sure to stay away from chocolate or other fast melting foods that won’t make it in the Florida sun.
- Practically speaking- No one needs another trinket that’s likely to get tossed minutes after the vow exchange. Think of practical beach wedding favors your guests could enjoy the day of your wedding and in the future. A few ideas- personalized wedding sunglasses like these or fun drink koozies like these.
- Follow the rules- There is a no glass policy on the beach and the general rule is to leave the beach the same (or better) as when you got there. So before you order those cute mason jars or votive holders, remember the rules.
- In the sand- There won’t really be anywhere to display your favors. Consider purchasing a basket to place in the sand near the seating area for favors. And don’t forget to assign someone to put it out before your guests arrive.