Heading off to a faraway place to tie the knot? Saying “I do” in a secluded location can be a very romantic way to start off your new life together. So if the love of your life just popped the question, it’s time to get started on those destination wedding plans. First things first – save the dates. These destination save the date cards are going to contain information that is a bit different than the traditional save the date because because you wedding is a location that’s faraway. But don’t worry, I’m here to fill you in on everything that you need to know.

Names and date
The most obvious information, your names and the wedding date, should be clearly stated on the stationery. If your guests don’t have a date to go off of, they won’t know when to book their flight or make hotel reservations.

Location
Not only does the location let your loved ones know where they’re supposed to be on that given date, but knowing the location also gives them the ability to look into flights and hotel accommodations. This gives them ample time to be able to find the best deals. Including the location also lets your loved ones know what they should pack. For example, if you’re getting married on the beaches of Hawaii, they won’t be packing jeans or a winter jacket. But if you’re tying the knot in a snowy lodge in Colorado, they may want to bring that coat after all.

Travel information
Having travel information on your save the dates is crucial and it’s courteous to your guests. If you’re asking them to travel to a faraway location to celebrate with you, you should be giving them every detail that they need in order to do so. This means including these three things:

Hotel suggestions
It’s likely that your loved ones aren’t familiar with the area that they’ll be flying to. Take the time to do your own research before the save the dates go out. Then you can tell them not only which hotels are closest to your wedding venue, but which ones are the best. This way, your loved ones won’t have to guess where they should stay and it will save them lots of time.

Nearby airports
Let them know which airport is best to fly into. One airport may be closer to the hotel or wedding venue than another, which could make your loved one’s trip much easier. On your save the dates, provide the name and location of the airport so that your guests can make the proper arrangements.

A schedule of wedding events
While you don’t necessarily have to have the exact times of everything for your destination wedding, a vague schedule of events may be necessary.

Where are you having your destination wedding? Share your thoughts with us!