find a location that you both love
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best man or maid of honor in case of emergency. This
The perfect venue for your
way, he or she will have all
ceremony and/or reception
the tools to fix any issue that
is one that only needs a few
may arise and won’t need to
accessories to make it your own,
come to you.
as opposed to completely over-
keep your guests in mind when planning a destination wedding
hauling a space into something you want. (Transformations of this nature equate to big bucks!)
send out save-thedates soon after booking the venue
Typically, couples will pay
The objective of the save- the-
hotel rooms for the duration
date is to ensure that
of the event, but it’s uncom-
your guests have ample time
mon to foot the bill for your
to make the necessary
other guests’ airfare and
arrangements so they can
lodging. Having a destination
attend. This is especially
wedding may be costly for
true for a destination
your guests, but they’re often
wedding, which will require
weekend-long events, and
advance planning to book
the people closest to you
travel and lodging.
don’t make your seating chart until you’ve received your guests’ RSVPs dinner, this will help make the process go much more
“Delegate tasks to eliminate as much stress as you can. Being a control freak will only hurt you in the end.”
exactly how many units will be needed for printing purposes (think menus, escort cards, wedding programs and favors).
keep in mind that most wedding venues have a maximum capacity
delegate small tasks and projects to your attendants Eliminate as much unnecessary stress as you can. Don’t be a control freak—it will only hurt you in the end.
don’t try anything new a month before the wedding! Don’t overdo it in the tanning salon, don’t get an intense facial or chemical peel, don’t try any new medications or workout
Most of the time, maximum capacity also means a very tight
supplements, and so on. It’s easy to fall into the trap of trying
floor plan or a cramped dance floor, so try to stay under that
something dramatic so you look your best, but more often than
number by 20 to 30 guests.
not, it falls short of expectations, or leaves you with results that
give your guests a favor at the end of the event as a token of your appreciation
can impact your appearance in a negative way.
While it’s customary, you can have fun with it. The favor should
above all, remember that it’s one day and it goes by faster than you could ever imagine!
be something you love as a couple, and could possibly tie into
Don’t forget to relax and enjoy every moment.
the theme of your wedding.
compile a master list of all pros
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