This information comes from past wedding couples, wedding vendors such as photographers, wedding coordinators, and more.
The first and foremost important thing to keep in mind is “it is your special day!”
Try to not let your guests determine your wedding date or location. If they are not able to attend your destination wedding due to finances or health reasons let them know you will miss them. Then do your best to include them later by sharing your wedding video and photos.
Many wedding couples have a small function when they return home. This is a great way to include all the guests in your special day who were not able to attend your wedding.
The first step when planning your destination wedding is to set a date and location.
It may be a good idea to have some flexibility with this to lock in the best prices.
For example many private locations offer a discount if you do a day of event verses a nightly function. This may not be available 365 days of the year.
After you have locked in your wedding date, location and venue the next phase would be your travel planning. You will be able to lock in your airfare 330-300 days prior to departure. Because most wedding sites become available a year in advance this will be perfect timing.
Travel to Maui averages 50+ destination weddings per year for the last 11 years. During this time we have arranged travel packages from 2-120 people.
I have heard of wedding parties where the guests never RSVP and just showed up at the destination wedding. Or worse they did RSVP and then no showed. In either event this added extra stress at the day of wedding, not to mention the expense.
When you book your wedding with Travel to Maui we advise you of each and every guest once they have confirmed their travel plans.
It is a good idea to send out your save the date information 6-12 months in advance. This allows your guests time to request the time off, and to arrange their travel.
One cute idea I have seen when doing a destination wedding to Hawaii is to send out a Hawaiian post card with the wedding information on it.
Another great tip when planning your destination wedding is to set up a wedding website. Here you can list your travel agents contact information, wedding details and any other information necessary.
Once you have completed all the above information you can sit back, relax and count the days until your upcoming wedding in paradise!
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Written by Marie Glodt
Certified Hawaii Specialist and Maui Master with the Hawaii Visitor Bureau.
Tiare Tahiti Specialist with the Tahiti Visitor Bureau and Pearl Partner with Paul Gauguin Cruises.
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