It’s no secret that destination weddings are growing in popularity. Nothing can be as romantic as getting married in your favorite place from the mountains to a white sandy beach. However, there will be a lot of people traveling from out-of-town to a new place. They don’t simply arrive and leave on the same day as the wedding so you need to ensure that they enjoy their entire visit in your dream location. Here are a few ideas to help your wedding guests have a great time at your destination wedding before and after the ceremony and reception.
If you can gain access to visiting guests’ hotel rooms before they arrive, you can leave a welcome basket in each room. You can also ask the hotel to give a basket to the guests as they check in if you can’t get in the rooms. Add a couple of bottles of water, a local map, tickets to a local attraction, and crayons and coloring books for the children. This helps your guests feel welcomed and acclimated to the new location.
While you’re at the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, many of your guests are going to be at loose ends. Find someone you trust, such as a close friend or relative, not directly involved in the ceremony to host a pizza party for the other guests. This gives everyone the chance to mingle and get to know each other. It also provides a low-key, casual meal ahead of all the festivities.
If you’re honeymooning at your destination or traveling onward the following day, you can host a final breakfast for guests who stayed over. You can make it casual with a buffet or a sit-down meal. This gives you and your groom a final chance to catch up with far away relatives before they head home.
At the Crystal Ballroom, we love hosting destination weddings. Contact us today to learn more about our properties and venues.