Now’s the time to start planning! There will be a lot of details you’ll need to arrange long-distance (the venue, the officiant, the ceremony, the food, the flowers, the cake, the transportation, the paperwork for getting married away from home…) and the earlier you get those plans rolling the better.
One of the very first things you should take care of is sending a save the date card to everyone on your guest list as soon as you have the date set and the venue secured. This will allow your BFFs and your family to plan ahead with their own paperwork and travel plans. Be sure to choose a save the date style that hints at the wedding location of your wedding to get guests in the travelin’ mood.
Here are 6 more great tips for planning your great escape:
Tip 1: Follow up that great save the date card with a matching invitation! As you did with your save the date, make sure your invitation matches the location, the colors and the mood of your event. Just think how excited guests will be to receive this bright orange, tropical-inspired, palm tree wedding invitation ensemble? (It’s called Tropical Palms and you can find it on our site. You can even find a matching Tropical Palms Save the Date to match!
Tip 2: When it comes to favors for a tropical destination wedding, think light, portable and useful. We love the idea of giving each guest a Tropical Favor Fan to help them stay cool during your ceremony and as the festivities continue. You get to choose the ink color for printing these to match your entire wedding color scheme. And the best part? They don’t take up much room in the suitcase!
Tip 3: When it comes to flowers, do as the locals do (when they pick flowers, that is). Ask your on-site wedding coordinator to clue you in on which blooms are in season during the time of your wedding, and ask what styles he or she would recommend for bouquets, boutonnieres, your hair and for centerpieces. There may be an exotic local blossom you’ve never heard of that would be perfect for your wedding look.
Tip 4: Jimmy Choo stilettos + sandy beach = disaster. Save the killer heels for another time (your reception back home, perhaps?) and opt for low-maintenance, easy-wear sandals at your destination wedding. These cute, blinged-out flip flops can be embroidered for a fun, personal touch. Get a pair for each bridesmaid, too!
Tip 5: The great thing about tropical destination weddings is that the location IS the decoration! All you need to do is say your vows facing the waves, and no one will miss the extra décor. Of course, you can add a few personal touches, like ribbons on the chairs in a shade that matches your color scheme, flowers lining the sandy aisle and a simple canopy to shelter you from the sun.
Tip 6: Your venue will have everything you need for dining, toasting and celebrating in style after the ceremony. But you’ll still want to add in a few elements that will make the event yours. Personalized napkins are easy to pack (or ship ahead to your location) and the personalization will let you add your own personal stamp to the event.
Now, make sure those passports are up to date and get planning your wedding in paradise!