20 Elements of a Successful Destination Wedding :: Day 2

June 5, 2009by Precious


6 :: Decide Your Guest List Early On

Yesterday, we used the world as a blank canvas to visualize location selection.  You were able to paint your wedding at a specific location.  Let’s take a look at this beautiful masterpiece!  Do you see a handful of your closest family members?  Maybe you envision something a bit larger, yet still intimate in size.  You may even picture a fiesta of family, friends and loved ones.  At any rate, the important fact is knowing early on and communicating this important piece of information to all parties involved.  Doing so can avoid ill feelings.

7 :: Save The Date Notice

Other than your overly excited parents eagerly chatting about your upcoming nuptials, you will need to formally announce your wedding date.  Destination wedding save the dates should be ordered and delivered as soon as you know your actual wedding date.  Keep is short and sweet!  Highlight your date and destination.  There will be plenty of details to follow.

8 :: Offer More Than One Guest Rooming Option

It’s very common to have guest that may feel comfortable rooming at an alternative location other than the one hosting your event or your primary housing option.  Sure, you will be offered upgrades and/or additional amenities by booking “X” amount of rooms into your group space.  Doing so may not be the best choice for your guests.  Family A may desire a bit more modest arrangement while Family B may be accustomed to a more luxurious experience.  Be prepared for split decisions.  We’re not saying that everyone will not book into your primary location.  We’re simply advising that you should never make your guest feel obligated to book one specific location.  Remember, they will be traveling to share in the joy of your union.  Many of them will make great sacrifices.  Be a gracious host every step of the way.

9 :: Negotiate Group Rates

When creating room blocks, you will have the opportunity to negotiate your group rate.  I don’t recommend calling up a hotel or resort and saying, “Let’s make a deal.”  No!  This is not the 1970’s game show with Monty Hall waiting to show you what’s behind curtain number one.  Instead, leave this task for your wedding planner or travel agent to handle (see day one : no. 4).  Depending on who you’ve retained, they may be able to land additional amenities for you and your guests as well as the standard offerings of a blocked space.

10 ::  Create a Wedding Website

A good wedding website should be your main resource for keeping your guests in the know.  Take the time time necessary to introduce yourselves and your destination wedding details.  Having a good resource of information will habit your guests to visit your website verses constant telephone calls.  We recommend WeddingWindow.  It’s reasonably priced, and comes with powerful features.  The designs are visually appealing and easy to customize.  The features are too lengthy to list here.  We know you’ll appreciate the password feature.  Undoubtedly, your family will share your wedding website with others.  Password protection is a great way to protect attending specifics for your guests access only.  Test drive WeddingWindow’s free trial offer.

Day 3 :: Series resumes on Monday!

[To your precious nuptial :: Cheers!]


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