Here are 9 reasons to have a Intimate Destination wedding.
1 Mark the spot
Take into account where your guests live, and pick an accessible place—with affordable, easy flights—for as many of them as possible. If your family and friends live on the East Coast, perhaps Tampa or Clearwater Beach is a better option than California.
2 Check the requirements
Many states require you to be there for 72 hours before the wedding. If getting married in Florida, we suggest using MarriedbyMail.com to assist you in getting your marriage license. It is quick and painless. They will even deliver your license to your officiant or coordinator.
3 Save some green
To rein in costs, avoid holidays. Airfares, ceremony dates, and hotel rates are best midweek or in low season. You will pay a premium on the weekends and if you are booking last minute, may not get the best vendors.
4 Use a coordinator
It can be overwhelming to organize the most important party of your life in a different time zone. Resorts and cruise lines often include planning services in their wedding packages, but if you’re after something unique, you might want to hire your own planner or buy an all-inclusive package through Intimate Weddings of Tampa package. Check out their completely customizable packages.
5 Consider a takeover
Many places—from tiny inns to luxe beach resorts—allow you to rent out the whole property. Not only will you have privacy and the entire staff at your disposal, but the bulk rate is usually less than what you’d pay if you booked each room separately. The Harrington House on Ana Maria Island is one of our favorite places.
6 Give enough notice
Mail save-the-date announcements eight months in advance. Three to six months out, send guests a packet with travel info, brochures, and any group discounts on air and lodging you’ve arranged. Do this early enough and you’ll have plenty of time to invite B-list guests when the cousins bow out.
7 Play Daddy Warbucks
If there are relatives or wedding-party members who can’t afford to travel and whose presence is important to you, you might consider picking up the tab for their airfare or hotel bill.
8 Keep it real
You could fly in yellow roses, a string quartet, and Angus beef for your wedding on Antigua, but it would be much less expensive and more appropriate to have local orchids, steel drums, and Caribbean lobster. Remember one of the reasons to have a destination wedding is to save a little green.
9 Come early
Arrive at the hotel at least a day before your guests and welcome them with gift baskets in the rooms—snacks, maps, and favors. (If you purchase these items at home, you can ship them ahead of time.) Finally, a word of caution: When lazing poolside before the wedding, be generous with the sunscreen. That strapless gown won’t look so fetching if it’s accessorized with tan lines.