The question of the day, what makes a true destination wedding? When people hear destination they think, Hawaii, Mexico... extravagant locations around the world. However, a destination wedding can also be more of a local spot. A place that is special to the bride and groom. It might be closer to an hour drive, although it's still a destination the majority of guests might NOT have to fly. Here are a few tips on planning a "local destination" wedding.
- Make sure you plan in advance, if you are going to pick a holiday weekend like July 4th, Labor Day, or Memorial Day, plan close to a year in advance.
- Make a list of all your guests and make columns checking off which guests will drive and spend 1 or 2 nights, and which guests will drive home the same night. Some guests might even stay 3 or 4 nights. Start getting an idea of what kind of trip your guests are going to make this. Are they making it a week trip? a weekend? Start asking the questions, it's never too early.
- Start calling hotels and even visiting hotels to make sure they do room blocks and will give you a group rate. Usually if you book about 10 rooms and gaurantee a certain % will book with your guests they'll give you about 18% off.
- Think about making a welcome packet that outlines the weekend activities. Good restaurants, activities, and where the bride and groom will be throughout the weekend.
Some ideas for welcome bags...