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Things You Should Know About Planning a Destination Wedding

Destination Wedding

A destination wedding is becoming an increasingly popular trend. Whether brides envision a more intimate wedding at a romantic honeymoon location or they are searching for an all-inclusive venue, the number of destination weddings are on the rise. We have a few tips to planning an unforgettable destination wedding.

Choosing the Location

Regardless of the type of wedding you plan, the location will be important. This will be the romantic place to create forever memories. When planning a destination wedding, location is key. It is not about distance. It is more about the significance of the location. You might want to create your intimate wedding on the water, overlooking a marina of boats or in a three story mansion in a coastal city. You will be searching for an incredibly romantic venue near your honeymoon adventure. Whatever you envision, imagine being whisked away on a private boat, indulging in fine dining and enjoying the amenities at a beachfront resort. We have a few tips for choosing your venue and bringing your vision to life.

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Destination Wedding Venue

Once you pin that magical location on the map, you will need to choose a venue. One of the reasons brides plan a destination wedding is to avoid the empty spaces that involve expensive décor rentals and hiring wedding designers. When brides are searching for the destination wedding, they are thinking about an all-inclusive wedding venue. An all-inclusive wedding venue includes all of the furnishings, décor, chinaware, linens, and a professional wedding designer to stage the space. This avoids costly rentals and the stress of coordinating all the moving pieces from afar.

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Destination Wedding Theme

Every wedding has a theme, even a destination wedding. Your travel location will be a significant part of developing your theme. Explore the location, architecture and foods to inspire your wedding day. Choose three wedding colors that complement each other and match your theme. Your floral arrangements should consider the season and the types of blooms from the region you envision. Get creative with your décor. You might consider a local mansion on the water and creating the distant location theme with the designs, rather than planning travel. Venues with in-house designers and planners will be able to coordinate the pieces and bring your theme to life.

The Planning Timeline

Most weddings are planned within twelve months. Count your guests and book your wedding venue to start the planning timeline. Always secure your venue before planning the other details. An all-inclusive destination wedding will avoid rentals and décor, but you might want to hire a few vendors. Choosing a venue with a vendor list can help you plan all the details in one place. You will probably want catering to match your theme, a photographer, entertainment, a wedding cake, bouquets, wedding attire and an officiant. Make sure you have secured your vendors at least six months prior to your big day. Do not forget to plan all of your transportation and hotel accommodations.

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Inviting Your Guests

Destination weddings come in all shapes and sizes. Regardless of the size, you will probably want a few important people there. Make sure you design your invitations and invite your guests well in advance, especially if your destination wedding requires distant travel. Your guests might need the extra time to plan the getaway. If travel is not required, you should send out invitations about six to eight weeks before the big day.

Breaking Traditions

A destination wedding is designed to break tradition and do it all differently. You might still have an engagement party, rehearsal dinner, bridal party, bachelor and bachelorette celebration; however, the timeline and experience could take a different shape. The rehearsal dinner is usually planned by the groom’s parents to take place a day or two before the wedding. When planning a destination wedding, this step can be accomplished a little sooner to prevent rushing between events. The bridal party might be moved up on the timeline as well. The bachelor and bachelorette parties might take place at the destination location. It is acceptable to leave some events out of the planning. This type of wedding is about doing it a little differently.

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Crystal Ballroom at Sunset Harbor

Crystal Ballroom at Sunset Harbor makes planning your wedding day effortless. Plan your destination wedding in a romantic three story mansion overlooking Coquina Marina. Travel to this breathtakingly beautiful destination wedding venue that is surrounded by music, nightlife, hotels and a complete honeymoon experience. Make magical moments on Florida’s famous Daytona Beach. Crystal Ballroom is an all-inclusive wedding venue that includes all of the furnishings, décor, chinaware, staff services and professional designers to make your wedding day everything it should be.


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