Destination weddings are a wonderful way to bring your closest friends and family together in celebration of your big day, and also to enjoy an exotic, tropical vacation away from home! One of the biggest perks of getting married in destination is how cost efficient it can be – when you have your ceremony and reception location, dinner, décor, etc. all in one place, the price is definitely right. That being said, there are always ways to stretch your budget by getting a little creative. Keep reading to check out our list of the ‘Top 5 Décor Items to Bring from Home’!
Most hotel wedding packages will include a bridal bouquet and groom’s boutonniere, but if you have a bridal party, want to honour your family members, or have a flower girl or ring bearer, you might want them to be adorned with florals as well. There are tons of amazing ideas and tutorials online for how to make your own bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages with faux florals that look real! Also, some flowers need to be imported to certain destinations making them a little on the expensive side. If you love the look of a certain type of flower but it’s just not fitting the budget, why not bring a few silk ones from home to be added into your tropical bouquet!
Real Wedding: Carina and Matthew
Photographer: True Colour
We highly recommend bringing any and all printed materials from home. Provide your guests with an itinerary for the wedding day (and entire vacation if you can!) highlighting the time and location of the ceremony, dinner and reception, plus providing any other relevant info for the vacation week. Adding wedding programs to each chair for the ceremony and menu cards to each place setting at the reception is also such a great way to add a pop of colour to your wedding décor. There are tons of great websites online where you can create these for free, and print them from home or your local print shop.
Real Wedding: Ashley and Kaitlyn
Sometimes a head table centrepiece will be included for your reception dinner, but most often, décor is extra and flowers can be pricey. Do something a little more creative than the typical floral arrangement. You can’t go wrong with candles and lanterns. Tables filled with candles of varying heights and sizes give an ultra-romantic feel. Going for the vintage theme? Why not scope out some second hand stores for vintage style pieces such as clocks or frames. There isn’t much that a can of gold spray paint can’t make pretty! Head over to your local craft store and get your DIY on to create something beautiful that will really spruce up the tables and make your guests say wow.
Cutting the cake is a long-standing wedding tradition, and always makes for a great photo opportunity. Why not come up with something really cute and unique as a cake topper. Whether it’s a creative quote, your initials, a pair of love birds, puzzle pieces or even seashells, the options are endless! You can either make one yourself, or find something from home and bring with – but cake toppers will always add that extra personalized touch to your wedding cake!
Photographer: Amrita Singh Photography
Lighting makes such an impact, especially for an outdoor reception, so why not pack some paper or fabric lanterns as well as string bulb lights to hang above or wrap around any posts or palm trees. Make sure you check with the hotel first as there may be setup fees, however bringing lighting from home will definitely help you save on costs and you can never have enough pretty twinkly lights!
Real Weddings: Mandy and Drew
Photographer: Tricia Victoria
Start planning your destination wedding today!
Contact a Destination Wedding Specialist at 1.800.739.8876 or by email for more info.