Why did you choose a destination wedding?
My fiance works for a Major League Baseball team in Texas, the state in which we currently reside, but our families live on opposite coasts. My fiance is a California native and I am a Florida girl. Thus, our families would have had to travel far regardless of where we held our wedding. That got us thinking: if our family and friends will have to book flights and hotels regardless of the wedding location, why not make the venue somewhere very special so the trip is worth their while?
As we considered destinations, we found ourselves immediately taken with the enchanting, exotic, romantic ambiance of Hawaiian Weddings. The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is a simply breathtaking resort property, and the magic isle of Maui shows God’s creation at its finest. It was an easy decision to make. The atmosphere of our location is elegantly refined and soothingly relaxed all at once. Most of our wedding guests are successful, hardworking professionals, and we love that that our wedding celebration will allow them the opportunity to bury their perfectly pedicured toes and cares in the sand.
What was the general reaction of your friends and family to the travel aspects of your wedding?
Our friends and family were thrilled by our decision to have a destination wedding, and delighted by our venue choice. Our guests love to travel!
What’s your #1 helpful tip for planning a wedding from afar?
I have three that I think are equally important!
1. Get a great planner and use a venue you can trust.
As you can’t be at your venue in person to physically oversee certain steps of the wedding planning process, it is essential that you can trust in the judgment and recommendations of your wedding planner. I recommend utilizing a fine quality venue and experienced wedding planner who understands the ambiance you wish to create at your wedding. If your wedding planner is on the same page as you, it makes a world of difference.
2. Give guests detailed information.
With a destination wedding, you can’t be too detailed in providing guests information. The day our venue was booked, I began creating a wedding website that provides our guests with anything they could possible need to know in great detail. I sought to anticipate any needs or wishes our guests might possibly have over the next year, and addressed them on our website. Everything is on the website from major airport and accommodations information, to tiny but important tidbits like the phone number for the resort courtesy shuttle and the best local surf shop at which to rent a board.
3. Invite people early.
Send out engagement announcements or save the dates as soon as possible for a destination wedding. Similarly, send out invitations early enough for guests to have the opportunity to made vacation requests, financially plan to attend your event, and attend to booking details. For example, you must consider how long your hotel room block will be available before sending out invitations.