DESTINATION I DO’s
Summer may sadly be drawing to a close, but if you’re in one of the estimated 16% of UK couples tying the knot in a far-flung location, you still have sunshine to look forward to! It’s a well known fact that weddings booked on sunnier shores can be a more intimate and relaxed affair, costing you less in both money and stress… You can choose to travel to the other side of the world to marry abroad, with exotic destinations like Jamaica, South Africa, Bali and Mexico growing in popularity, or you can stay a little closer to home and take advantage of Europe’s charm with an Italian, Spanish, Greek, Cypriot and French destination weddings.
As you may know, I spend my days designing wedding invitations and stationery – and having just launched our new destination wedding stationery collection, I thought now would be the perfect time to share some tips with you on choosing and sending your stationery for a wedding abroad. I’ve teamed up with the lovely Maxeen of Maxeen Kim Photography to share these gorgeous images with you. Maxeen grew up in South Africa and although based in London now, she has been known to hop on plane to Europe in search of a beautiful beach or forgotten cobbled street…
Here are some of my top tips and helpful hints with regards to sending out the stationery and planning your dreamscape destination ‘I do’s’.
Give your friends and family as much notice as you can
Your loved ones will no doubt be really excited to share in the celebrations of your big day, and hopefully they’ll even make a holiday of it and be able to join in with the pre-wedding festivities too, but with this – it goes without saying that there are preparations to be made. Pennies need saving, annual leave needs to be arranged and tickets need booking. Then there’s the accommodation, spending money and holiday wardrobe to sort! In order for as many of your friends and family as possible to join you, be sure to give them plenty of notice. Sending a ‘Save the Date’ card a year or so in advance is a great way to let guests know the vital details and build up the sense of excitement for your big day.
It’s all in the detail!
Destination weddings bring more logistics, so it’s crucial to give guests as much detail as you can about the arrangements. This includes how to get there, where to stay, how long you’ll be there for and more. With this in mind it’s a great idea to have a wedding website which guests can visit to get all the vital information – they can even RSVP and send well wishes to the bride and groom, or connect with other guests in advance.. There are loads of free options available on the web, but I would suggest GettingMarried.co.uk is a great place to start.
Stir up some wedding wanderlust…
The chances are, your wedding will be unlike any other your guests have ever attended. Whether you’re tying the knot on a sandy beach, in a quaint village chapel or on top of a mountain, why not send invitations and stationery to reflect the destination you’ve chosen. There’s nothing like receiving a beautiful invitation in the post to get your friends and family excited about your big day, so choosing a design that invokes the charm of your chosen Ionian island, stretch of Cuban coastline or rustic Italian chapel can only heighten the sense of anticipation and encourage guests to join you.
Give an extra warm welcome
If your guests have travelled far and wide to celebrate with you, why not extend an extra warm welcome by surprising them with a thoughtful hamper or welcome bag in their hotel room. You could include a handwritten note, the schedule of events for the celebrations and some information on the area. Also be sure to include relevant contact details of designated people in the bridal party in case they need to get in touch. You could add some local treats / delicacies, some fresh fruit and something to give refreshment after the long journey.
I hope you’ve found these tips helpful. Maxeen has shared some of her favourite destination wedding shots with us, but why not grab a cuppa, put your feet up and hop on over to her website and lose yourself in a little more of her gorgeous destination wedding photography?
Until next time, bon voyage!