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Easy-to-Pack Decorations for a Dreamy Destination Wedding

Destination weddings are a fantastic choice for couples who do not fancy traditional, cookie-cutter weddings.  Weddings in far-flung, exotic locales are exciting and allow you to start your marriage in the most romantic way imaginable.

Nevertheless, planning a destination wedding presents a unique set of challenges, and one of them is decorating your venue as you please. You may have to settle for what is available at the venue, and this may not exactly match your vision.

Now, the good news is that you can always enhance your wedding décor with accessories from home, that are light-weight, compact and easy-to-carry.

Here are some suggestions from the team at Best for Bride in Canada to help you choose wedding decorations that travel well.

1.Personalized buntings

Buntings are simple, but effective decorations that dress up even the simplest of spaces and add instant cheer. The options are endless; you can have strings of pom-poms for a Boho effect, shimmering polished golden flags for a glam look or rustic burlap flags strung together for a rustic, countryside theme. You can also create massive impact with reams of bunting that occupy very little luggage space and are weightless.

For more inspiration on using buntings at your wedding, visit this post on Bridal Musings.

2.Whimsical paper lanterns

Add delightful pops of color to your venue with assorted paper lanterns in various shades and shapes that match your wedding theme. Not only do these lanterns fold flat, they are light-weight and easy to install. Suspend them from the ceiling using twine and enhance the effect with flickering lights for a pleasant glow. Use them in large numbers to instantly elevate the ambiance and wow your guests. Here are some fantastic décor ideas with paper lanterns on My wedding.  

3.Flickering Fairy lights

Soft, twinkling fairy lights will illuminate and add festive cheer to your wedding venue. These versatile decorations come in all colors and you can use them in many ways to create a magical effect. Add them to your centerpieces, wrap them around trees and bushes at an outdoor venue or hang them like a canopy from the ceiling and create stunning starry overhead decor. There are more fantastic ideas in this post on Frugal2Fab that incorporate these budget-friendly decorations in many different ways.

4.Lightweight table runners

You will have to go with the bulky table linens like tablecloths available at your venue. Nevertheless, you can still create stunning tablescapes that suit your taste, with fantastic table runners. Since they do not take up much space, you can easily carry these accessories with you to your destination. Shop around to find the best choices that tie the different elements of your reception décor together. Make sure they are well-pressed and packed flat, so they neatly fit under the centerpieces on your tables. For more help with choosing your table linens, check out this post on My wedding.com.

5. Unconventional guest book choices

Guest books are a valuable keepsake that reminds couples of all the special people who were at their wedding. However, they are big and bulky. So, let us avoid traditional guest books and instead explore some unconventional alternatives. Creative guest book alternatives will serve the purpose of a memento, even while being stylish décor items for your home. We found some fantastic ideas here, on the Destination Wedding Details website. Although they are all amazing, we think that the shadow box and photo jigsaw puzzle are brilliant and practical choices for a destination wedding.

6.Artificial flowers

There are many advantages to choosing artificial flowers for your destination wedding. They look just as good as the real thing and you can have them customized to match your wedding theme perfectly. With artificial flowers, not only will you be able to keep your costs down, but they will turn out exactly how you want them. You also need not worry about keeping them fresh or handling with care, since they are sturdy and well-structured. Use them anywhere; in your bridal bouquet, boutonnieres, centerpieces or in the rest of the wedding décor.So, opt for artificial flowers and strike this element off your list, and use the time to focus on yourself for a bit. Here are some self-care tips to help you.

7.Tapestries

Add color and personality to blank walls at your venue with easy-to-transport tapestries that pack a punch. You can even have them custom-created with details like your names and wedding date or designed to match your wedding theme. Find the right locations to hang them, so they will not go unnoticed. Set them up as the backdrop for a dessert table or at photo booths and instantly elevate the overall ambiance. A big advantage of using tapestries in your wedding décor is that you can even use them to quickly mask unsightly wall paint and unimpressive natural décor at your venue.

8.Ribbon decorations

Ribbons are versatile décor accessories that come in all sizes, colors, prints and textures. You can use them in a variety of ways to create interesting effects at your wedding venue. Simply tie them behind chairs to add a special effect, use them as decorative accents in your wedding cake or in elaborate designs in the ceremony backdrop. Find more inspiration to use this décor essential here, on the Knot website.

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Your Ultimate Guide to Throwing a Destination Wedding All Your Guests Will Love

No matter where you celebrate your wedding, the guests who come to watch your nuptials in person will be delighted to witness such a display of love. Still, there’s something even more special about a destination wedding — maybe it’s the fact that it blends the adventure of traveling with the joy of experiencing that everlasting love we already mentioned.

And that’s precisely why you’ve decided to take your “I dos” somewhere other than your hometown or the city in which you reside. Now, all you have left to do is figure out how to put together a wedding from hundreds or thousands of miles away. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered.

Here’s your guide to throwing the destination wedding of your dreams.

Select the Perfect Spot

Chances are, if you’re thinking about having a destination wedding, you already have a spot in mind. Maybe it’s a particular city or a gorgeous resort or somewhere off the beaten path that holds a special place in your heart. Regardless of where it is, start by pinpointing your location.

In your research, make sure there’s a lot for your wedding guests to do. Most destination weddings will require them to stick around in your chosen city for a few days, so the more activities available, the better. Post a list of suggested activities on your wedding website, too — that way, everyone will be even more hyped about the chance to travel and attend your nuptials at the same time.

Provide Trip Prep Tips

Your wedding website is a powerful tool in preparing your guests for your big day, especially when everyone’s traveling to experience it. Not only will it create anticipation for a far-flung getaway, but it will also help them to ensure they have everything they need to travel to your chosen locale.

So, provide guests with a packing list tailored to your destination. If there’s a beach, and the resort charges for towels, suggest that your guests bring their own. Or, if there are hiking trails near the mountain lodge you’ve selected, remind everyone to bring boots or sneakers so they can take a few picturesque walks.

Book Services for Guests in Advance

Your destination wedding is at a resort with an incredible pool. However, in order to get a seat a said pool, your guests would have to wake up at 7 a.m. every single day or pay a hefty sum to rent a cabana.

You don’t want to force them into either one of these scenarios, so plan in advance to make these types of activities simple and fun for everyone. Speak to the hotel and see if they will rope off a corner of the pool for your event. Chances are, they’ll save you some seats because you’ve reserved a good chunk of the place for your nuptials.

On top of that, think ahead to the other services your guests might need while they’re there and reserve those, too. This is especially true for your attendees who are bringing their kids — scheduling babysitters will take a huge weight off of their shoulders. Think about anyone else with a unique need and plan accordingly for them, too.

Connect Your Guests

You know everyone coming to your wedding, but they might not all know each other. So, make a point to bring attendees together. You can have hotel staff block off rooms, so all of your friends and family stay near each other and socialize that way. Or, you can have a welcome party, which will allow everyone to break the ice and spend the next few days hanging out before, during and after your nuptials.

Give Them a Ride

Your guests have traveled around the world to attend your wedding, so make the rest of their journeys easy. Start by scooping everyone up from the airport and transporting them to the hotel. You could make this ride even more memorable by hiring a local guide to point out some of the sights on the way in.

Have cars lined up for your wedding day, too, if it’s not taking place at the hotel. Weigh the merits of different types of hirable transportation. For example, a limo is a bit more of an intimate ride, since fewer guests fit inside of the stretched-out vehicles. On the other hand, a party bus can carry more people, which, as the name implies, gets everyone in a festive mood for the reception.

Gift Them with a Welcome Bag

Another grand gesture when welcoming your wedding guests is to have a gift bag waiting for them when they arrive. The hotel staff can hand them out at check-in, or you can have them on-hand at the break-the-ice party we already mentioned.

The gift bags don’t have to be fancy. You might fill them with a few bottles of water and some snacks to get your loved ones through the weekend. You can make them even more special, though, if you add local treats, maps or even a souvenir representative of the trip they’ve taken. You can make these goodies useful by slipping a copy of the weekend itinerary inside, as well as any additional gifts that could come in handy — bug spray or sunscreen, anyone?

Keep Décor Simple

You’ve chosen to take your wedding across the world, so let the backdrop shine through. There’s no need to lug heavy décor from your home all the way to your destination. Instead, pack light and simple pieces that will play up the otherworldly feel of the location — too much will take away from the spot you’ve picked.

This should be your game plan for all the wedding’s events. Choose a theme color and stick with that, whether you’re throwing a welcome mixer, rehearsal dinner or wedding reception. Always rely on the local backdrop for its beauty, as well as its flavor — the more inspiration you can draw from your location, the better.

Give Them a To-Go Gift, Too

As your guests gear up to go home, arm them with one last “thank you” — a goody bag to take on the plane, train or in the car. Again, think about the types of sweets and snacks that’ll get them through that long journey. This is your last chance to express your gratitude for their long trek, so choose munchies that are a cut above what they can buy at an airport shop or road stop.

Planning a destination wedding takes work, but the payoff is huge — you’ll put together the idyllic nuptials of your dreams. And, even better, everyone who comes to witness your “I dos” will love every minute of it, thanks to your careful planning. All there’s left to do is to get started.

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3 Amazing Places for Your Destination Wedding

There are a lot of things you have to do before you are fully ready for your wedding. The dress, the wedding party, the music, the cake, but the thing you need to know first is the location. Often times, these places need to be booked so far in advance that the engagement ring is barely settled on your finger before you’re making that call. Some people prefer a more traditional venue, or a local place such as a courthouse or courtyard nearby. If you’re like me, though, you don’t want to get married in the same places you see every day on your way to work. You want your wedding to be special, memorable, and perfect. Let us help you out by showing you three of the most amazing and beautiful (not to mention exotic) places for your destination wedding.

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1. Kauai

If you’re looking for the perfect destination that is still in the States, Hawaii is the best place to go. It’s secluded, beautiful, and Kauai is less populated than the other islands, so you’re more likely to have a fun, intimate experience. Also, the resorts there are fantastic and have some incredible bundles for weddings.

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2. Italy

Nothing says ‘romance’ in quite the same way Italy does. From old, stone streets to beautiful vineyards, you are bound to find exactly the sort of location you want for your wedding. It has the old world charm. It has countless activities and other places to visit. It can even double as your honeymoon location.

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3. Bermuda

A lot of places have beaches. A lot of places have incredible venues. But not every place has beaches as beautiful nor venues as flawless as Bermuda. The resorts alone are reason for going, and you can easily find quaint little pubs in the small towns there that have delicious food and amazing company. Want to make your wedding even more romantic? Visit the pink-sand beaches. They are absolutely breath-taking.

There are so many places in the world that need to be visited, and so many of them are absolutely perfect for a wedding. Finding the perfect match for your needs won’t be too hard at all, and in no time, you’ll be on that plane heading for your destination wedding!