Have you and your partner finally agreed upon doing a destination wedding? You can’t contain your excitement because this is actually your dream wedding! But wait, before you get exhilarated, think about your guests. What are the costs you should cover for them? Remember, your venue isn’t just around the corner. It’s in a faraway place, and price tags from plane tickets to hotel accommodations are waving at you! Don’t worry; to help you prepare in advance, we’ll do a run-through on the costs you’ll most likely pay for your dear guests.
Your guests agreed to travel all the way from your hometown to your dream destination. It’s great if you could arrange for a shuttle service from the airport to their hotels. You could also hire a tour guide to educate them on the best places to visit, things to buy, etc. This would be very helpful for your guests.
It’s a thoughtful gesture to give your guests a welcome gift once they arrive. Some snacks, a bottle of water, a map, or a guidebook are just some things you could give that will surely delight them. You don’t have to be excessive, but just in case your guests come less than prepared, you could include items they would need depending on the location. A small hand towel, sunblock, and a fan are some examples if it’s a beach destination wedding.
Pre-Wedding Welcome Party, Rehearsal Dinner & After-Wedding Brunch
Is it mandatory to hold a welcome reception, rehearsal dinner, and morning-after wedding brunch? Look, these wedding events are just optional. But it has become customary for brides and grooms to hold these events in a destination wedding for their guests who traveled very far. And it’s also an opportunity to capture some editorial wedding event photos that are surely for keeps. Though it really depends on your budget, keep in mind that these feasts need not be too extravagant. You could negotiate for budget food and drinks with the hotel hosting your wedding. Better yet, you could also hold a low-key rehearsal dinner like a fun pizza and street taco party outdoors!
Flight & Accommodation
Couples don’t usually cover flights and accommodations for their guests. Some pay for their bridesmaid’s and groomsmen’s costs or meet them halfway. And some couples decide on financing only their close family’s flight and accommodation. But if the budget permits, then, by all means, go ahead and pamper your guests!
Additional Activities for Everyone
Providing additional activities for your guests is one way of enticing them to attend your wedding. It’s also an excellent way for you and your guests to enjoy your beautiful venue and bond at the same time. Some activities you could incorporate are group tours, group hiking, snorkeling/boating, yoga sessions, and more!
Remember, the most important thing is to plan for your destination wedding ahead of time. If you’re really important to your guests, they’ll surely attend your wedding regardless of the costs. But if a guest can’t afford it and their presence means the world to you, then maybe you can go the extra mile for them. Set a budget, and then break it down from the most to the least of your priorities.