Don’t Forget These Things When Planning Your Destination Wedding!
by Brynlee Handy December 1
Planning a destination wedding can be sort of like planning one big bachelor or bachelorette party, ceremony, reception and honeymoon all rolled into one, so naturally, you might be wondering where to even start. We’d love to help as well as shine new light on what a destination wedding truly consists of, from concept to celebration time. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to fly across the globe to have a destination wedding! Traditionally, it’s just a ceremony that’s hosted outside of the couple’s hometown whether that be an hour or a day away. If the goal is for you to plan the destination wedding of your dreams, there are a few things you’ll need for the journey (both before and after you actually leave)! Keep reading to find out the hype behind destination weddings, and what you need to have the very best – down below.
Travel Agents to Guide the Way
We’d never chart foreign territory alone and with the help of Texas-based travel agents like TravelbyCasey and Globaluxe Travel, you never have to again! A travel agent’s services are free to you, but can save you so much on amazing deals abroad, find the best modes of transportation, arrange excursions and so much more. These professionals plan trips to destinations that are personalized to each couple’s unique interests, desired travel style and budget so you don’t have to worry about a thing.
An Epic Destination Wedding Location
Horseshoe Bay Resort – Horseshoe Bay, Texas
Living in Texas but dreaming of a destination wedding? Horseshoe Bay Resort falls right between Texas Hill Country charm and romantic lakeside luxury, bringing the shady palms and Bahama breeze to you right in the middle of Texas. With this beautiful lakeside venue, you’re able to keep a stress-free vacation mindset, while staying in The Lone Star State. Horseshoe Bay Resort provides a variety of extraordinary venue offerings for your distinctive day. Their talented wedding planners will be with you each step of the way as you plan your ceremony along the shore. From lakeside lawns at the charming Yacht Club to the cascading waterfalls of Slick Rock Golf Course, there’s truly no wrong choice! Nothing helps with stress better than getting your body moving and releasing those endorphins, thankfully you can attend a peaceful yoga class or pretend you’re Serena Williams with a friendly tennis match. With expansive grounds including a 12,000-square-foot ballroom, there are picture-perfect places around every corner. You’re sure to feel halfway across the world when in reality, you’re only minutes from home!
Photo // SMS Photography
Vista Verde Ranch – Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Find romance nestled in the Rocky Mountains at the luxury dude ranch Vista Verde, located just north of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Hosting a destination wedding, the ranch serves as a fantasy outdoors retreat for all your family and friends. Your ceremony can be held on a mountainside with vistas reaching as far as the Continental Divide at the old Homestead or in the grandeur of the Lodge’s Great Room, or for a more intimate setting; the living room in one of the luxury guest cabins. There are options abound for hosting a rehearsal dinner and reception, but for something a bit more sophisticated, start with wine hour in the pasture with the horses followed by a gourmet five-course dinner in the dining room and turn it up a notch with dancing in the Lodge’s Great Room.
Photo // Courtesy of Vista Verde Ranch
A Trusty Destination Wedding Planner
Rounding up wedding vendors that live in the same vicinity as you is already no joke. Navigating a whole new market alone with no connections or recommendations? Now that is scary stuff! Don’t make the mistake of planning your destination wedding without the help of a destination wedding planner. We know a few incredible ones and most will love the opportunity to travel for your big day. Connect with any of our trusted local wedding planners here.
Photo // BeatBox Portraits
Some Extra Tips + Tricks from the Pros
We know a thing or two about honeymoons and destination weddings because we’ve seen a few (thousand). Constant research and chat with travel experts help us keep our resources up to date so we can offer our brides the very best and latest information on all things offshore and abroad. Click here for all the inside scoop from our team!
Other Local Vendors: Vista Verde Ranch