Destination weddings are a growing trend and beautiful Hawaii continues to be one of the most sought after locations for brides.  Morgan Childs of Modern Weddings Hawaii shares some tips for brides who are planning on saying their “I dos” on the sandy shores of Hawaii.

Make your destination wedding an excuse for a great vacation.  Fewer people are able to come, which cuts down on the co-workers and casual acquaintances you would otherwise feel obligated to invite. You will be able to spend more of your budget on items that mean a lot to you, and lavish your traveling guests as well. So why not use your wedding as an excuse for a great vacation?

Send your save the dates early.  Save the Dates should go out earlier than the typical 6 months before the wedding. Consider sending them out 8 months in advance to give your guests more time to make their travel arrangements.

Talk to your bridal party.  Be flexible and accommodating when it comes to your bridal party and be sure to talk to your bridal party  so that they can gracefully decline in the event that their finances are too tight to attend your wedding.

Ask your florist to use locally sourced flowersThey’ll be fresher and more beautiful than anything that has to be mailed.

Plan for presents that guests will bring. Pack extra bags to carry gifts back with you. Many destination brides ask that presents be shipped to their home before the wedding to avoid any hassle, and many request that guests don’t bring a gift since traveling to be with you on your special day is present enough. Nevertheless, be prepared for them!

Get a wedding planner. This is a must. He/she can help with guest accommodation suggestions or provide you with vendor connections you may need.   Wedding planners will also offer unique ideas on destination touches like this adorable shoe valet.

Think about a welcome bag. Welcome Bags are always a special treat for our of town guests. Presenting your travelers with sunscreen, beach towels, local foods and bottled drinks, and a map of the island after landing would not be amiss.

Consider a day after shoot. Talk to your photographer about a ‘day after’ shoot that can give you exquisite and timeless shots that are unique to destination weddings.

Special thanks to our contributors: Morgan Childs, Modern Weddings Hawaii, Lead image inspiration board by Snippet and Ink


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