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Destination Wedding: 5 Things You Need To Know To Plan Your Own

May 1, 2017

Your Destination Wedding

When it comes to planning your destination wedding, you don’t want to miss these 5 must read ideas that will make planning your perfect day a breeze!  Did any of you just picture yourself standing at your beach side wedding when I said breeze? That tropical reference wasn’t completely unintended. It’s your day and you want it to be a picture perfect resemblance of what those expectations are floating around in your head. Well, I’m here to help. Follow these 5 tips to make your destination wedding planning run smoothly, in turn, making your destination wedding day exactly what you want it to be.Beach wedding destination | Brooke Bakken | Destination Wedding Photographer

Location

First up, let’s talk about the location. When selecting a destination make it a place that is meaningful to the two of you or somewhere you have always wanted to go. You want to make it mean something!!!  It will become part of your love story, if it isn’t already. It can be a reflection of who your both are and what you love. Let it add to your wedding day while you soak up the experience of having all of your closest loved ones surrounding you in your hand picked paradise.

Beach wedding ceremony set up | Brooke Bakken | Destination Wedding Photographer

 

Hire Professionals (Photographers/Videographers)

This is a big one in my book. You’ve traveled all this way, the last thing you want is to be stuck with a resort photographer that you don’t love. The location you choose might not always have a photographer/videographer that is going to give you what you want so it’s ABSOLUTELY okay to bring your own photographer along.  You want someone that you are comfortable with that you KNOW will capture you and your day just they way you want to remember it forever.

Bridal bouquet | Brooke Bakken | Destination Wedding Photographer

Guests

Your guests love you enough to join you at your destination so this is a biggie! Be sure to consider your guest traveling time and accommodations in relation to the venue. I always like to say to stay within a 10 minute radius of the venue. You will want all of your friends and family close. The last thing you want to have happen is to have them stuck clear across town. Also, keep in mind the time of year when selecting a date for your destination wedding. Keep in mind holidays, school breaks and other events your guests may be faced with in joining you at tyour destination.

 

 

Less is More

First and foremost, a destination wedding is about YOU and the commitment you are making!! Believe me, you don’t need to be worrying about  fancy centerpieces or having a fancy ballroom with high floral centerpieces that make a statement. You are the statement!  And the destination is complimenting it. Don’t be afraid to stick with local flowers, fruit, and food. In this Tulum, Mexico destination wedding, pineapples were used for centerpieces which created a complement to the surroundings. The atmosphere stayed consistent to the location with colorful chairs that the venue had on hand. Not to mention, desert florals are easy to buy in the local market and create interest while keeping with the destination being the theme.

Bride and Groom kiss on beach | Brooke Bakken | Destination Wedding Photographer

Hire a Planner

Here’s another one, you need to trust me on. You need a professional by your side to take care of any issues that happen if and when things go wrong at the last minute. I don’t want you to even lift a finger on your wedding day!!!  If you don’t have a planner that accompanies you to the location then make sure the venue has a killer on site wedding coordinator.  You want that person by your side to answer questions while you focus on your day!

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VIVA LA MEXICO!!!

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Wedding party at destination wedding in Mexico | Brooke Bakken | Destination Wedding Photographer

Now that you have all the tips to planning the destination wedding of your dreams, make sure your hire a professional to capture every moment and detail of your day. It just so happens that I know a good one you can call. 😉 😉

XOXOXO – Brooke

 

 

 

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