So you’re engaged, and lately you’ve been scrolling through your Facebook feed checking out pic after pic of friends and acquaintances looking crazy happy while wearing white dresses, posing against tropical island backdrops. Yep, everyone seems to be having a destination wedding – and you want to get on board! Before you send out the invites, you’ll need some expert advice. Because while all those glorious photos might make getting hitched on holiday look like one big fun-fest, in reality there’s quite a bit of work happening behind the scenes to make sure it goes off drama-free. So we enlisted the help of Candice Coppola, founder of Jubilee Events in the US, to share her secrets to pulling off a flawless and memorable destination wedding. Candice planned Mandi and Dan’s wow-worthy destination wedding in Costa Rica, below. Read on for some of her top tips for planning a destination wedding.
Let the view take centre stage
“When you choose a location with scenic views, you don’t have to bring in a lot of decor. You can allow nature to be the biggest design element in your destination wedding,” says Candice.
Choose a locally-inspired menu
“Food is another way to tie in the local culture by using fresh meats and produce from the surrounding areas. Guests at Mandi and Dan’s wedding dined on traditional Costa Rican food including fresh fish, vegetables, and cheeses. I love keeping things as local as possible – it’s not only authentic to the region but helps to boost the local economy by enlisting small businesses in the surrounding area,” says Candice.
Be prepared to for the unexpected
“Often, the challenge in doing destination weddings is limited resources! I love having to think outside the box. Not every destination has readily available equipment that I’m used to in my area, so coming up with plans with the resources available is always fun and challenging,” says Candice.
Help your guests have an amazing holiday
Remember, your guests are traveling to your wedding destination and often, this might be their annual holiday. “Consider ways you can make their travel more enjoyable, like air conditioned transportation to and from wedding-related activities, cold towels when they board their busses from the airport to the hotel, foot masseuses poolside for a relaxing day before the ceremony, babysitters for those traveling with young children… the list goes on,” says Candice.
Are you planning a destination wedding, Knotties?
by Simone Hill and Rebecca Hanley