Destination Weddings - Part Three
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"Destination Weddings - Part Three"The Event

Author: Jennifer - Internet Sales Coordinator & Team LeaderNovember 2006

Before you know it, your destination wedding date will be here. The good news is that you have made it through most of the planning process and can now relax! In the months before the wedding, you will still need to make some last minute decisions. These are details that are small and are not usually dealt with until the weeks and months leading up to your wedding. The key is to not let these decisions become too overwhelming.

One month before the wedding, you may want to follow up with your guests to make sure that travel information is still accurate. This information will be useful to your guests, as they will want to know when other family and friends will be arriving to your location.

Checking in with your attendants and make sure that both bridesmaids and groomsmen have all questions answered regarding pre-wedding events is also a good idea, to avoid future confusion. Bridesmaids should also be encouraged to try on their shoes and dresses to make sure that there are no last minute alterations needed. The bride-to-be may also want to do the same with her wedding dress.

If you have planned numerous pre-wedding events, such as bachelor/bachelorette parties or simply a group outing, you may want to consider sending an email to your wedding party and guests who you would like to attend, including times and locations. By being organized, you will prevent speculation and confusion from your guests.

If you have not already, you may want to plan the gifts for your wedding party. By having a destination wedding, you are given a unique opportunity to incorporate the theme of your destination wedding into the gifts that you give. A great idea for any destination wedding is a gift bag to help your attendants enjoy the location of the wedding.

For example, for a tropical wedding, a great gift would be a Jean M tote in either pool blue, flamingo pink or tangerine. These great bags, featured by Invitation Consultants, are also monogram embroidered on the handle. You can also include in the tote a beach towel, sunscreen, disposable camera, or anything to complete their beach getaway. The same concept can be used for any destination wedding. Simply consider what your attendants will be doing while at your wedding- beach activities, gambling, wine tasting, etc. The sky is the limit!

If you wish, you can also leave small goody bags for your guests for when they check into their hotel. This is a great way to generate excitement for the big day and welcome your guests to the wedding. These gift bags can range from simple to extravagant, and can contain anything that your guests would use while at your wedding, from a local attractions list, a picture frame containing a picture of the bride and groom, local candies, or anything that is unique to the area.

As your wedding approaches, you may be faced with decisions that you had not thought of, involving wedding details, for example, songs that are going to be played as the wedding party enters the reception, or if you are going to have a receiving line. As these details are unavoidable, the best way to approach them is with patience. They may sneak up on you, but if you become frustrated or overwhelmed, it may compromise the enjoyment of the weeks before the wedding.

When it is finally time to leave for your wedding, it is time to sit back, relax and enjoy the wedding. All the planning is behind you, and all there is left to do is enjoy your trip and the wedding. After all, this is your day! Do not let stress get in the way of having an amazing wedding at your dream location!