Destination Wedding Planning Tips From the Pros

JalepeĊ„o margaritas, live music, dancing under the stars, sand between your toes… all idyllic reasons to ditch the traditional and head to a tropical location for your nuptials. But getting there, not seeing the space beforehand, travel details on TOP of wedding day details… sometimes it sounds too good to be true and then you’re overwhelmed and you scrap the idea entirely. But destination weddings don’t HAVE to be more work than a more traditional “local” event. I recently reached out to our little social media friends to see what everyone’s biggest questions around destination weddings were and decided to put alllll my tips/tricks in one place for ya!

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How to Achieve the Best Bridesmaid Experience

Last week on my Instagram, I asked you guys about your experience as a bridesmaid. What you loved… what you didn’t? What were the things that were the most annoying/dramatic/lame and boy did you guys deliver! It’s no surprise that there are some “elements” to being a bridesmaid that are less than…. how shall we say it? Fun. Let’s face it, anytime you get a group of girls together (friends or not) drama often ensues. Throw in an ugly (and expensive) dress and there is bound to be difficulties. But why?? Why does this feel like it’s always a thing??

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New Products From Basic Invite That Are NOT So Basic

I just got back from Mexico and I am so excited to share this resource with you guys!! If you are on the hunt for unique save the dates, invitations, place settings, menus… you name it… but don’t want to break the bank – look no further than Basic Invite!

I got the opportunity to pick my fav new products and take them to Cancun to photograph just how cool these pieces are and how they would make the most perfect detail for your destination wedding invitations (or any event for that matter!)

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Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Wedding Planning. Sometimes it gets a bad rep. The term “Bridezilla” comes to mind haha. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Wedding planning is essentially just a series of decisions that have to be made… when you look at the bare bones of it. So since this is a topic that comes up often with my clients, I thought I’d break down my best tips for making decisions for you guys to take that element out of the stress of wedding planning!

Tip #1: Make a Priority List

Before you do ANYTHING… sit down with your partner and come up with your top 3 priorities for your wedding day. Now, these can be literally anything. Anything that is important to you guys. There are some obvious ones that literally apply to everyone. “We want to have fun.” “We want everyone to have a good time.” Sure, sure. OBVIOUSLY. So those are a given and shouldn’t be on the list. The idea is – we’re creating your mission statement for your wedding with these priorities. So they should be clear, concise, and specific to you guys. A great example could be your Photography. You have a specific look and feel of photography style and it’s important to you that your photographer have ample time to get EVERYTHING. Great. That’s on the list. Now fast forward to when your photographer asks if you want to do a first look or not. “oh man.. we don’t know. there are so many pros for each options… what do we do… ??” Stop stressing. Let’s go to your priority list. Photography was #1 on that list. Doing a first look allows for more time to take portraits, details, family photos. “Yes. we’re doing a first look.” 

Done and done! Look at you?! You just crossed an item off your list and it took 5 min! Crisis averted. Now you have time to go have brunch with bottomless mimosas with your girlfriends. Your welcome.

Once you have your 3 priorities. Use that to help you navigate the tough decisions throughout planning. I promise it will help simplify things, and will make you feel confident about the choices you are making.

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Alternate Guest Book Idea

We very rarely see traditional guest books anymore. The fancy white book with the additionally fancy gold pen for all your wedding guests to write their well wishes on your big day. My brides often say, they don’t ever see themselves going back and looking at a book like that – so they want something more fun + practical as an alternate guest book option for their wedding. I’m always on the hunt for fun ideas – so when I saw these free printables from Personal Creations I knew I had to share with you guys!

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