As you know, we do our best to help everyone plan their wedding efficiently. Every blog we write is done from our experience in the wedding industry. However, even though Diana and I are both planners and have been a part of numerous weddings & events, over the years, we still have one regret from our wedding day. Though we planned everything on our own, created the timeline, had the vendors setup and deliver everything at a good time, we made one mistake on our timeline.
We had the time of our lives on our special day, but if we could do it all over again, we'd change one thing: we would plan enough time for us to go around, during dinner, to personally thank everyone for coming to the wedding. This is a small, but often overlooked detail. We added extra time, but did not count on our pictures taking as long as they did, which meant we had less time for dinner, and we wanted to keep things moving, so we started the dance on time. We did not want to have a wedding longer than 5.5 hours, and overall, we stuck to that.
We had about 150 guests at our wedding and at your wedding, the clock keeps ticking. We knew we had a timeline to stick to, and because our pictures ran late, our timeline was completely thrown off. We spent months planning and believe it or not, your wedding day goes by so quickly! So don't make the same mistake we did. Add additional time during dinner or cocktail hour, to allow for you and your new husband/wife to go around and chat with everyone, thank them for coming, etc. Even if it's just an extra 15 minutes. This is one of the very few moments in life where everyone you care about will be together with you, in the same room. Take the time to visit with them and personally thank them, catch up, etc.
This is one of the most meaningful moments of the wedding, and many couples forget to allow time for this. So add the extra time; you'll be glad you did. Sure, you can send thank you notes, write a post on your social media, or do as we did, and thank them during the toasts/speeches. Sure, this was a way to thank everyone, but it wasn't as personal. So don't make the same mistake we did, and build in more time to say thank you to your family and friends!
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There may have been a place you have been dreaming of for your wedding day since you were a child. But now you are engaged and live all the way across the country! Good news - it’s time for a destination wedding. Destination weddings are fun, if done right, and help people that live all over to meet at one specific location. The only quirk is planning it just right to make sure your wedding goes off without a hitch! Here are some of the best tips for planning a destination wedding you can utilize to get your wedding just right.
It is easy to forget that other states have completely unique weather at certain times of the year. For example, Austin, Texas, may be hot or rainy during the summer months, so a spring or fall wedding is a great time for a Texas wedding. On the other hand, Colorado has snowy winters and windy springs, so in this beautiful state, fall and summer are the best months. That said, if you’re looking to have a wedding at one of the less desirable times, there’s always the option of an indoor venue. This way, you can choose your wedding date regardless of the weather.
Plan (at least) two trips prior to wedding
Because you don’t live in the destination that you’ll be planning this major event in, it’s important to plan some visits. The first trip should be to visit wedding venues and speak to other vendors like a great DJ, caterer, florist, etc. It should be at least one year to ensure that you have plenty of options left for your venue. This will help with your timing aspect.
The second trip should be planned around the 6-month mark. At this point, brides likely have their dress chosen and the wedding colors and theme are decided on as well. This trip is a great time to have a hair and makeup trial, that way if you need to figure out a different style option, you have plenty of time to do so. This second trip is also a great time to revisit your venue and get a more detailed idea of how the décor, seating and schedule might pan out. Double-check with all your vendors to be sure you’re still on the same page.
The (optional) third trip should be taken about 1 month prior to the nuptials. For brides that are doing a lot of DIY projects, didn’t like their first hair and makeup trial, or need to do a food tasting, this third trip is necessary. Otherwise, save the travel expense and plan to get to your destination wedding a week ahead of time to organize and set up.
Keep the guests in mind
While your wedding should be everything you’ve ever dreamed of, it’s also important to keep your guests in mind, especially if they need to travel. If you plan for a place too expensive, or out of reach, they might not have a good time, or worse, they might not even show up. That’s why you should put as much effort into making it as convenient as possible for them. Maybe put together an all-inclusive package so they know exactly what they have to pay for. Provide accommodations, airport information, rental car options and a variety of things to do.
Hire a pro
Sometimes, wedding planning can be overwhelming. If at some point you feel like you can’t do it, consider hiring a professional. You should feel confident and excited about your wedding. So, let them take on some of the responsibility while you communicate what your dream wedding will be like.
It may seem crazy at times, but always remember that the most important aspect of the wedding is the joining of you and your significant other. Follow these tips for planning a destination wedding and chances are, you’ll have the wedding of your dreams!
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