DIY Destination Wedding… How much is possible?

posted 2 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 2
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Hi there! One of the reasons we love our destination venue is that it requires very little decoration, and provides things like centerpieces, tables numbers, and seating charts for us. We’re skipping some non-essentials, like seating cards, programs, etc. to keep things simple. However, I did want our ceremony location to feature some personal touches, so I DIY’d our chair ends, garlands for the altar, and swaths for our reception seats. I’ll be packing everything in my checked bag, excluding my wedding dress, which will be my carry-on item – don’t wanna let that out of my sight. We’re having favors (personalized jam jars; overdone, I know!) shipped directly to the venue.

I think it also depends on how early you’re arriving at your destination. We’re getting in on a Tuesday and the wedding is on a Sunday, so hopefully we’ll have a couple of days to sort things out if necessary. Best of luck! 🙂

Post # 3
1258 posts
Bumble bee

I haven’t gotten married yet, but we are skipping certain things like programs. But I would think that most paper products you mention wouldn’t be a problem to throw into a suitcase (gently of course!) I’m debating whether or not to do silk flowers but the cost is pretty cheap (we’re going to Cuba) for bouquets and bouts that I might not even worry about it. 

I’d like to DIY some of the reception decor, possibly do a photo table with the guest book or a sign and some smaller photo frames. But I haven’t quite figured out the logistics of doing that and carrying it with me. So I’m following this thread for inspiration! 😉 

Post # 4
2383 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

bkprettygirl:  we skipped most everything that wasn’t included with the package with our venue. The only thing we actually did ourselves was I made a welcome bag for all our guests along with a pamphlet with the timeline, contact #’s, map of the area, spanish phrases, and a conversion chart for $$. I made our ring holder for the ceremony too, but that was tiny. We put it all in our checked bags, except for my dress & his clothes we did carry on because they were the one thing I would freak if they got lost… 

I did my flowers myself, but only because I did the research ahead of time and found there were multiple flower markets within walking distance. 

I would be careful about what you bring with you and check into customs in your destination country. We went ot Mexico and found out they will only let you bring less than $500 worht of goods into the country with you (assuming you even get stopped by customs, we didn’t) because they don;t want you reselling the items in their country. A good way around that would be to split your items between multiple flyers (you, your fi, anyone else traveling with you- I included a note as well in english & spanish stating what the items were, their cost, and what we were doing with them just in case) or just ship it directly to your hotel ahead of time (but that is never 100% guaranteed and is expensive). 

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Post # 5
89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Be sure to check with your venue.  Some places will charge an additional fee if you bring your own decorations, etc.

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