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Tips for a Truly Memorable Destination Wedding

Written by Adam Coholan, an active blogger out of New York who covers local events and travel based on his experiences with Elliman Real Estate. You can follow him on Twitter @Coho22.


From DJs to food to attire and everything in between, wedding planning can be stressful enough without having to bicker with family complaining because they can't attend. But with many people embracing destination weddings because of their cost savings and intimate experience, this is a growing issue that brides and grooms are dealing with. To prevent any friction between loved ones during the planning process, here are a couple of ideas to help ensure the success of your destination wedding.


Pick a Neutral Location:
If you're from a different region or state than your spouse, don't make it a destination wedding just for their side of the family by planning the wedding in your hometown. Pick a location that is neutral for both sides and that both families can travel to with similar effort. Remind them that this can make the new destination a special place for everyone.


Make an Offer They Can't Refuse:
An almost sure fire way to have everyone attend is finding a breathtaking venue that is hard to turn down. Then, following typical etiquette for a destination wedding, offer to pay for part or all of the accommodations. If relatives are still hesitant, encourage them to put any money they set aside for a wedding gift toward the travel expenses, making sure they know their presence is enough of a gift for your wedding. It will be hard for them to make travel an excuse if they get to stay in a Caribbean resort or a beach home in the Hamptons and you're helping their budget.


A Wedding-Reunion Combo:
If your family is already spread out, travel was most likely going to be required anyway. Destination weddings often bring family together for more than just a day or two, so give it an underlying theme of a family reunion, where everyone can get together and catch up. It's still quite difficult to get the entire family to attend, so many services offer a live stream of the wedding ceremony that can be viewed online. This may make your mother feel better about the fact that your second cousin once removed isn't being invited but can still see the ceremony.


Overall, remember that you do your best to consider everyone's feelings in the process, in the end it is a special day for you and your spouse and it is supposed to reflect the two of you. While pressures from family and tradition may make the wedding process a hectic one, remember to refocus your family, and even yourself, on what the true meaning of this 'vacation' is all about-the joining of two people into wedded bliss!

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 September 2011 )
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