Someone you know is getting married in a beautiful destination, and they want you to be in attendance. Destination weddings are a win-win for guests. It’s an opportunity to get away from your daily routines while having a good time with friends and family. While you’re anxious to hit the road and have some fun, there are some things you want to know.
Confirm Your Attendance
Though the wedding date may be a year or two away, confirming your attendance early on is essential for the bride and groom. Destination weddings involve a lot of planning and also cost a lot more per guest. If you say you’re coming and end up being a no-show, money is wasted, and plans are altered.
Before you just say yes to the invite, consider your schedule. If you already have plans for that date or are currently experiencing a life event (like pregnancy) that might make it difficult to travel, you’ll need to communicate this immediately. If you need to request some time off, this should also be done to avoid conflicts as the date gets closer.
Consider Trip Cancellation Protection
From budget and scheduling conflicts to tropical storms and global pandemics, there are several reasons a couple could have to send out change the dates for their destination wedding. While covering the cost of venue and reception adjustments is the couple’s responsibility, the cost of your hotel and airline tickets is often your responsibility. Trip cancellation protection can save you a ton of money. Should changes arise, you can reschedule or cancel your travel plans without consequence.
Take Advantage of Deals
Guests may not realize the many opportunities there are to save when traveling to a destination wedding. Brides-to-be are often able to get package deals and discounts on transportation and hotels to dining and entertainment. Before reserving a room, purchasing a ticket, renting a car, or deciding on things to do, reach out to the wedding organizer to find out about available deals.
Pack The Appropriate Attire
Packing for a leisure trip differs from packing for a destination wedding. Rehersal dinners, weddings, and receptions all require you to dress to impress. There may also be some pre-wedding activities you’re invited to participate in that may require specific attire. For example, everyone might go on a hike or a mini cruise before the wedding day. Review the invitation or wedding website to view dress codes and other activities to pack accordingly. You should also check the weather reports to ensure you’ve packed according to the temperature and conditions. Of course, having a few comfortable items to throw on in between events is also recommended.
Don’t Forget Important Travel Docs
When packing for a destination wedding, don’t forget your essential travel documents. You will need to bring your passport, driver’s license, car insurance, health insurance, and credit card. Leaving home without these could make it very challenging to enjoy yourself once (if) you arrive.
No Extra Travel Companions
Receiving an invitation to a destination wedding is not an opportunity for you and your significant other, best friends, or children to go on vacation. Remember, the bride and groom cover most of the costs. Any additional guests will add to their overall expenses. If the invitation does not allow you to bring a plus one, it is best to travel alone.
At the very least, if you’re going to try and kill two birds with one stone, then anyone you bring with you should pay their way, find their accommodations, and not attend the wedding or reception. You can plan to spend time with them before or after the wedding.
Destination weddings are becoming an increasingly popular choice for couples who want an intimate ceremony in an exotic location. If you’ve been fortunate enough to get invited to one, follow the tips above to reduce the stress of wedding planning for couples and eliminate obstacles while traveling.