When it comes to destination wedding décor, it’s often based on how much you can carry.
Sometimes your only décor options are what fits in your suitcase. Other times, your resort or property will be fully stocked with an abundance of beautiful options. Either way, creating your dream wedding day is tough from thousands of kilometres away.
Stick to these rules to get started.
- Speak to your on-site wedding planner and ask all the questions. They are your eyes and ears on the ground. They will walk you through all your décor options and tell you what you should and shouldn’t bring with you.
- If you’re having a resort wedding, be sure to meet with your planner as soon as you can after you arrive. Go through your selections to be sure everything looks the way you want.
- When florals are an option, more is better (within your budget, of course). If you’re in a tropical destination, then go with that vibe. The bright colours really make an impact. Additional florals can be pricey, so think about bringing some faux blooms with you. Fake flowers can look really beautiful, they are lightweight and easy to pack. Just be sure you unpack them upon arrival and fluff them up to get rid of that just-came-out-of-a-suitcase look. Flower petals, fresh or artificial, are an easy way to add colour to your aisle or table.
- If linen options are mostly neutral, bring a lightweight table runner. If you have many tables, just bring a runner for the head table. It will add a nice pop of colour.
- Little stationery items, like place cards, menus or mini welcome signs can be printed at home and easily transported to your venue. They add a personal touch.
- A cute cake topper is a small, but personal item that guests will most definitely remember and photograph.
- Lighting can make a big difference. Consider bringing very small strands of twinkle lights (you can grab them at the dollar store). Add them to your centrepieces, or along the middle of the table. The tiny lights are compact, but bright and magical.
- Do not mail boxes of décor ahead of time. Most resorts don’t have the storage space and they also don’t want the responsibility of keeping it safe for you. If you have your heart set on extra décor, bring it in an extra suitcase.
- Go local. If you have time before the wedding, hit the local markets to look for small décor items or favours. Your guests came to a destination to experience what that country has to offer, so give them that opportunity!
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