My sister and I have often spoken about how much we would love to receive an invitation to a destination wedding. The excitement of not only attending the wedding but also being able to escape day to day life for a few days would be wonderful. Despite the fact that between us we have more than likely attended well over a hundred weddings, neither of us has been invited to a destination wedding. Given the current trend of couples choosing far away places to exchange vows, there may still be a chance we get to go to one.
Whilst we have not yet physically attended a destination wedding, we have been a part of quite a few through Paper Lily. We love being involved in all our couple’s weddings plans but there is no denying the special allure of a wedding somewhere other than the city. To date, we have created invitations for weddings in the Hunter Valley, on Hayman and Hamilton Islands, Hawaii, Fiji and this week we have a couple tying the knot in the picturesque seaside town of Positano on the Amalfi coast in Italy. I did suggest to the bride that I had my passport and luggage ready to go as only I knew how to place the menus and place cards correctly on the tables. I think I will have to settle for the photos.
So why do couples choose to have a destination wedding? It is a good choice if you have many friends and family that need to travel anyway to be at your wedding. It’s much more enticing for them to travel to an exotic location rather than to a hotel in the city. Destination weddings create a sense of relaxation as the wedding party and guests use the opportunity to have a holiday at the same time. It is also a good way to keep your wedding more intimate. I know for sure that the 270 guests we had at our wedding would not all have travelled to Tuscany (my chosen place if I was to have a destination wedding).
In terms of your wedding stationery, there are few differences between destination and local weddings. Save the date cards are a must. You need to give your guests advance notice of the date and where they will be travelling to so that they can make enquiries and decide if they are able to attend. In some cases, couples will also send information about accommodation and flights with the save the dates so that guests can plan their trip well in advance. The invitation becomes a formality as guests already know the date and location. Some couples choose to create a design for their invitations to match with the destination. This does not need to be taken too literally. A wedding in Hawaii does not mean you need to put a coconut on the invitation. Often flowers are used for tropical weddings. Another nice touch is to have welcome bags waiting for your guests. These could include local specialities and maps of the area but more importantly, a schedule of planned events for the wedding so that guests know where to be and when.
I eagerly wait for the next client planning a destination wedding. Will it be in Santorini? Paris? I can live my travel bug vicariously through them!