Doing a pre-destination wedding planning trip is nothing less than being on a journey toward the wedding of your dreams. This pre-planning trip is the starting point of a grand adventure—a journey that leads to your ultimate celebration of love.
From choosing the perfect venue that mirrors your vision to establishing productive connections with the onsite wedding team, every step will help you decide if this location is right for your destination wedding.
Allow us to uncover a string of tips and strategies, all aimed at helping you optimize your pre-wedding planning trip.
TIP 1: Visiting a Destination
When choosing a destination for your wedding, prioritize safety, accessibility, and guest comfort. Ensure there are no recent travel warnings, political issues, or health concerns. Consider the feasibility of travel for all guests, especially those with specific needs.
Understand the climate of the destination and how it will be around the time of your planned wedding. Always have backup plans in case of bad weather.
Tip 2: Visiting The Resort Venue – What to Consider
When scouting for a resort wedding venue, several important factors must be considered. Here are some key things to keep in mind:
● Location: Choose a location that aligns with your vision and is easily accessible to all your guests. If you can find a location that is within 30-45 minutes of the airport, that is ideal, but don’t let that be your sole criteria.
● Ceremony & Reception Locations: Seeing ceremony and reception sites available at your resort or at an offsite venue is the number one decision to make on a pre-wedding planning trip. You need to be able to “see yourself” truly having the ceremony of your dreams there.
● Capacity: Make sure the space is right for a group of your size and that the venue's capacity is suitable for both the ceremony and reception
● Policies: Ask about the venue's policies on outside vendors, alcohol, decor, music and entertainment, catering, cake, accommodations, insurance, and security.
● Accessibility: Check the venue's policy on accessibility and parking situation. If you are inviting people who are more physically challenged, then choosing a location and resort that is easy to get around in, without a lot of hills or valleys, is preferable.
● Indoor vs. Outdoor: Decide whether you want an indoor or outdoor wedding and consider the pros and cons of each option. Obviously, unless the weather is a factor, most people will have their ceremony and reception outside, that’s the main reason you are having a destination wedding however, there are times when you could have the beauty of an outdoor ceremony, with the comfort of a ballroom reception, out of the heat and humidity. It just depends on you.
NOTE: Make sure that the resort you choose does have quality spots for a backup plan if needed when weather is bad.
● Your Guest Experience: The comfort and enjoyment of your guests is also a top priority area. Make sure that the resort you choose will have plenty to offer for all of your family and friends you are inviting to your wedding.
Tip 3: Meeting With The Onsite Wedding Team
One advantage of doing a pre-destination wedding visit is being able to meet with the onsite wedding team to see how you relate and communicate with them. Your comfort level of course is of utmost importance when working with a wedding team.
Here are some areas to consider during your visit to maximize the productivity of your meeting.
1. Prepare a list of questions that include inquiries about menu options, venue capacity, and decor choices.
2. Be receptive to suggestions and recommendations from the onsite team. They possess valuable experience and knowledge about the venue and the local area, which can prove invaluable in making informed decisions. With that said, make
sure the team is actually listening to your concerns and needs. If they aren’t now, when they are looking for your business, they really won’t be once you’re signed, sealed, and delivered.
3. Take a comprehensive tour of the venue alongside the team. This will give you a clearer understanding of the space and how it can best be utilized for your wedding.
4. Communicate your wedding vision and preferences. Collaborate with them to develop a plan that aligns with your desires and suits your budget. Again, make sure they are listening to you, not just pushing their own agenda.
5. Ensure that your expectations are transparently communicated. Any special requests or requirements should be clearly articulated to the onsite team.
Your meeting should make you feel like you can collaborate effectively with the onsite team to make well-informed decisions for your wedding, resulting in a memorable and enjoyable experience for you and your guests.
Tip 4: Turn Your Pre-Wedding Planning trip into a Mini Getaway Experience
While a pre-wedding planning trip can be busy, try to enjoy a little break while there. Take at least one day to relax on the beach, sip some margs, and rejuvenate. The details of your wedding will come together and you won’t plan everything in an entire weekend, so relax!
Enjoy your visit and come back excited and energetic to make your final decision and start planning your destination wedding!
Pro tip: have some professional pics taken while there so you can send out the save-the-date cards with a photo of you two at the destination! How cool would that be?
Your pre-wedding planning trip isn’t just a quick getaway. It can provide you with all the information you need that will help you plan your dream wedding. From understanding your destination's culture to selecting the perfect resort venue, doing a pre-planning trip will help you craft a wedding experience that will leave a lasting mark, and become a cherished chapter in your love story.
If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed and want to ensure you cover all your bases with your
destination wedding planning, Or you would like to do a pre-planning destination wedding
trip, I’d be delighted to chat with you.