Plan a destination wedding the whole family will love
Destination weddings can be fantastic. Being in a gorgeous setting with the one you love, surrounded by your closest friends and family, is a fun and exciting way to mark this significant moment in your life. But it’s also important to know that if you do decide to plan such a wedding, you should take your families into account a bit more than you normally would. A destination wedding is not just a ceremony and a party; it’s also a de-facto vacation for all of your guests. Now, the thought of deciding where your loved ones are going to go on vacation may sound a little daunting, but rest assured, if you take the following things into account, you’ll create a destination wedding everyone will love.
Choose a great location. There is no question that the final decision comes down to you and your significant other, but if you’re going through the trouble of having a destination wedding, make sure it’s somewhere that people will actually want to travel to. Choosing a place that’s both beautiful and safe are the two biggest factors.
Make sure the lodging can accommodate your guests. Where your guests will stay is a hugely important thing to figure out. Not only do you need to make sure that the accommodations you choose have enough space for your party, but also that anyone who may have trouble getting around is properly taken care of. Having your ceremony on the beach might not be the best idea if you have elderly guests coming, but if the resort offers beach wheelchairs, it might not be a problem. It’s also a good idea to ask about a discounted rate if you reserve a block of rooms for your guests. Having an open line of communication with both your family and the resort is the key to making this part of the wedding successful.
Pick a family-friendly spot if kids are attending. If children will be attending your wedding, make sure that your destination has plenty of things to keep them entertained. If you’re thinking about choosing a resort for lodging rather than a hotel, check to see if there are any kids’ clubs offered. These clubs have plenty of fun activities that children of various ages can enjoy on their own. Some of these have different clubs for age groups, creating a more catered experience for both teens and younger children separately. This gives a place for the kids to hang out and enjoy themselves, while the adults get some time alone as well.
Give ample notice. Again, keep in mind that this will be a little vacation for many of your guests. You may want to send out your invitations earlier than you otherwise would so they can save up for the trip and make other accommodations. Remember that having a destination wedding means that your guests will be spending more money than the typical wedding, so sending invitations early is a courtesy that they’ll appreciate.
Guide to Family-Friendly Destination Weddings [Destination Wedding Mag]
10 Tips On Planning A Family Destination Wedding [Vacation Kids]