When you think about a destination wedding, does your mind automatically picture some tropical paradise outside of the United States? Maybe you envision a Caribbean beach or an island of the Bahamas. These are beautiful locations for a destination wedding, but not all destinations have to be out of the country, or tropical for that matter. A destination wedding simply means a wedding in a couple’s dream location, however close to or far from home that is. At Park Avenue Events, couples use our destination wedding planning services for Georgia weddings, out-of-state weddings, and out-of-country weddings. Read on for our best destination wedding planning tips!
What is a Destination Wedding?
A destination wedding simply means a ceremony that takes place miles away from your home. It doesn’t necessarily mean an out-of-state or out-of-country destination, although it can. Destination weddings typically take place in beautiful, famous, or non-traditional locations, like Barnsley Resort in Adairsville, GA (pictured throughout this blog post), Lake Tahoe in sunny California, or the sandy beaches of Mexico.
Choosing to have a destination wedding is a big decision because it changes the type of wedding you have. For example, suppose you’re local to Georgia and want a large wedding with all of your friends and family in attendance. Yet, you still want that destination wedding experience. In that case, you can choose an in-state destination venue. If you are ok with a smaller guest list and want to get out of state without leaving the country, select a destination that friends and family can quickly fly or drive to. If you don’t mind an intimate ceremony with only a few of your closest friends and family who will make an out-of-country trip, you can choose your ideal location anywhere in the world.
7 Destination Wedding Planning Tips
Destination wedding planning takes a lot of time and dedication. Use these seven tips to help you plan the wedding of your dreams.
1. Hire a Destination Wedding Planner
Regardless of the type of destination wedding you want, you need to hire a wedding planner who knows all about planning weddings in various locations. Destination weddings take detailed planning and coordination, especially when they aren’t close to home. Having a wedding planner by your side from the start will make the entire process go smoothly.
2. Visit the Location if You Can
If you’ve never been to your dream destination wedding location, you should plan a trip to visit before you decide to have your wedding there. Of course, this may not always be possible, but it is good to know more about the surrounding area before you and all your guests arrive for the first time.
3. Consider the Time of Year and Weather in Your Location
This is especially important if you choose to have your wedding in a different country. For example, summer in the US is actually winter in Australia. So if you want a warm-weather wedding in AUS, you’d need to plan it for December, January, or February.
Additionally, even if you stay in the country, keep in mind that popular destinations are popular for a reason and are often tourist-heavy sites. If you want a more laid-back wedding, consider planning it during the “off-season” for your specific location.
4. Get Wedding Insurance
Wedding insurance is vital regardless of your type of wedding, but it is essential for destination weddings. 2020 clearly showed couples and wedding vendors alike the importance of protecting their investment should something unpredictable happen. When it comes to buying flights and securing lodging in an unfamiliar state or country, insurance becomes even more important. When searching for the best wedding insurance option, make sure to verify whether or not they cover destination-related circumstances. That way you’re fully protected.
5. Choose Your Vendors Wisely
Your vendors play a key role in bringing your wedding vision to life. While some wedding vendors, like photographers and videographers, travel for destination weddings, others require you to book them in the state (or country) where they’re located. Fortunately, a destination wedding planner can help you find the best vendors in any location. Rather than getting online and booking whoever pops up first, your wedding planner can help you interview and choose the right vendors for you.
6. Consider Your Guest List
Often, deciding whether or not to have a destination wedding comes down to the guest list. The truth is 200 guests aren’t going to be able to travel to attend your wedding, no matter how much you mean to them! Keep this in mind when choosing your destination. If you simply cannot imagine getting married without all of your friends and family by your side, opt for an in-state destination wedding, where minimal travel is required.
However, there are ways to include everyone in the celebration of your marriage, even if you have your wedding in a different country or state. You can plan other wedding-related celebrations before you leave for the ceremony or when you get back. Additionally, you can set up a live video stream so folks back home can watch you marry the love of your life, even if they aren’t with you in person.
7. Give Guests All the Information They Need
A destination wedding is a new experience for you and your guests. That means they will likely have many questions about the logistics of your wedding and the days surrounding it, from flight information to lodging specifics to transportation. Be as transparent as possible about guest requirements and expectations to make their experience spectacular.
For example, is the flight their financial responsibility? What about accommodations? Will you provide transportation to and from the wedding venue, or does your wedding occur at an all-inclusive resort? Are you planning to have a welcome party the day before your wedding or a send-off brunch the day after? These details are crucial. They determine everything from the flights your guests book to the clothes they pack to their experiences while celebrating with you.
The easiest way to provide all of the information is to include it on your wedding website. That way, instead of each guest texting and calling you with questions, they can find what they need in one place.
Destination Wedding Planning Made Easy with Park Avenue Events
Planning a destination wedding–no matter how far or close to home–takes a lot of work, but it is always worth it in the end. However, we definitely recommend couples have all the support they can get during the destination wedding planning process. Everything from coordinating with vendors in your desired location to shipping things ahead of time and ensuring they get where they’re supposed to go to navigating guest needs on top of your own is made so much easier with an expert planner by your side. Whether you want to get married in Georgia or somewhere far, far away, Park Avenue Events has the destination wedding planning services you need for a spectacular celebration. Let’s talk more about your dream wedding and how I can help you bring it to life. Contact me today!
Your wedding is one of the most important, special, memorable days of your life. However, couples say that planning this wonderful day is one of the most stressful things they’ve done. In fact, 40% of couples from one survey found wedding planning to be “extremely stressful,” while over 70% found it more nerve-racking than significant life events like buying a home. Yes, planning a wedding takes time, energy, and dedication. However, you don’t have to do it all alone. Hiring an Atlanta wedding planner is a sure way to enjoy the wedding planning process with less stress.
5 Benefits of Hiring an Atlanta Wedding Planner
While stressing less sounds great, it’s essential to understand how a wedding planner takes weight and responsibility off your shoulders. After all, hiring a wedding planner is an investment, and you want to ensure it’s worth your money. Here are the five main benefits of hiring an Atlanta wedding planner and how to find the right planner for you!
1. You Save SO Much Time
Wedding planning is a full-time job. But planning the most special day of your life shouldn’t be something you squeeze in when you have time. And you shouldn’t have to fall behind on your full-time job or other commitments just to plan your wedding. Instead, hire an Atlanta wedding planner whose full-time job is your wedding. It saves you time, and you can confidently go about your day knowing someone’s time and attention is dedicated to your wedding.
2. Your Wedding Budget Goes Further
One of the main reasons couples hesitate to hire a wedding planner in Atlanta is the cost. Yes, hiring a planner costs money. However, not hiring one might cost you more.
An experienced wedding planner has been around the block a few times. With this experience comes industry knowledge that saves you money. Sticking to your wedding budget is essential. However, when it comes to your dream wedding, you may be tempted to go overboard. An experienced planner can help you create a realistic budget and find high-quality vendors within your price range. Additionally, they can help you prevent common mistakes that can cost you thousands, like undertaking an unnecessary DIY project or buying things you just don’t need to bring your dream day to life.
3. You Get Access to the Best Atlanta Wedding Vendors
Wedding vendors know each other. They know who is on top of their game, who takes forever to return calls and emails, and who provides the highest quality work for the best price. Google can only tell you so much, but an Atlanta wedding planner has the inside scoop. With this knowledge, you’ll save yourself time and money by not spending hours researching vendors only to choose one that wasn’t right for you. Plus, a wedding planner can pass industry discounts on to you, saving you even more money on your wedding.
It takes planners years to learn the ins and outs of the wedding industry. And then, something like the COVID-19 pandemic comes along and changes everything we worked years to learn. Fortunately, with the right Atlanta wedding planner by your side, you don’t have to worry about learning the industry’s old tricks and new trades. All you have to concern yourself with is dreaming up the perfect wedding. We take care of the rest, especially when it comes to planning weddings during COVID.
5. You Get to Focus on the Fun Stuff
Not that negotiating contracts, scheduling vendors, and attending countless meetings isn’t fun… ok, so it’s not the most thrilling. But it’s what wedding planners love to do (and are great at doing) on behalf of our clients. Plus, with a planner handling all of the logistics, you get to focus on the more fun aspects of your wedding, like choosing your wedding attire and spending time with friends and family. While you’re still involved in all the little details, the stress and worry of getting them done in time isn’t on your shoulders.
Find the Best Atlanta Wedding Planner for You
While we may have convinced you that hiring an Atlanta wedding planner is a great idea, now it’s time to find the best one. Of course, at Park Avenue Events, we’d love to discuss your dream wedding and see if we’re a good fit for you. Chemistry with your wedding planner is vital. After all, you will be spending a lot of time together, communicating frequently, and entrusting your planner with the most special day of your life. Learn more about Park Avenue Events, and then contact us today so we can get to know each other better and discuss the next steps for planning your wedding!
It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic greatly impacted the 2020 wedding season. Weddings were altered, others postponed, and some even canceled. Navigating the ever-changing safety guidelines and regulations became a full-time job. Now, as we head into the second half of 2021, it’s important to consider where we are in terms of having weddings during COVID. Because the truth is, the pandemic isn’t over quite yet. So, whether your 2020 wedding was postponed or you are just now starting the wedding planning process, here are some things to consider as you prepare to say “I do.”
Weddings are Happening, but COVID is Still Here
From postponed 2020 weddings to planned 2021 weddings, couples across the nation are getting married. If you are recently engaged and deciding when to have your wedding, aim for 2022 or later. Because so many couples rescheduled their weddings for 2021, vendors are booked.
However, although mask mandates were lifted and social distancing relaxed at the beginning of 2021, new variants of the virus are spreading quickly, according to the CDC. And while the COVID vaccine is widely accessible, it doesn’t mean you should toss all precautions to the wind. If you’re planning a 2021 or 2022 wedding, staying up to date on the latest COVID updates is essential. Doing so will help you determine details about your wedding.
Monitoring the ever-changing pandemic guidelines can be overwhelming. At Park Avenue Events, we stay up to date on what’s happening. That way, we can help our couples navigate this time with ease. If you want to start planning your wedding but are nervous about solidifying details due to COVID, let’s talk about your options!
Tips for Planning Your Wedding During COVID
While it may feel intimidating planning your wedding during COVID when there is still so much uncertainty, love can’t be stopped. If you want to get married in 2021 or 2022, here are four tips to help make sure you have a fantastic wedding.
1. Consider Your Venue
The CDC recommends that large gatherings, like weddings, take place outdoors where there is ample room for guests to keep six feet of distance between others. If you want to have your wedding indoors, consider a micro wedding with fewer guests. These small, intimate wedding celebrations became very popular in 2020, and many couples are still opting for this type of wedding. That way, if gathering restrictions become stricter, there is less altering that needs to happen.
Regardless of the type of venue you choose, be sure to familiarize yourself with the COVID rules of your city or state, as well as the venue. With ever-changing regulations, some venues have put their own guidelines in place, especially those with a restaurant or who serve food. It’s important to know what these are when planning your wedding during COVID.
2. Put a Safety Plan in Place
Whether you opt for a large ceremony or intimate wedding, considering the safety of yourself and others is vital. That is why we recommend having a clear safety plan in place from the beginning. Because this is such a unique time, your guests will need more information about what to expect when attending your wedding. And the clearer you are, the better, so there isn’t any miscommunication or unmet expectations.
For example, let guests know of any social distancing or mask guidelines you’d like upheld at your wedding for both vaccinated and unvaccinated guests. Additionally, you may choose to ask all guests to show proof of vaccination before attending your wedding. There are ways to gracefully navigate such a decision, such as including this requirement on your invitations and stating it on your wedding website.
3. Decide on Your Vaccine Requirements
Some couples may choose to set precise vaccine requirements for their wedding. Doing so is a personal decision you should make with your fiancé and other close family members. If you decide to ask guests to show proof of vaccination to attend your wedding, make this clearly known. Put the proof requirements on your wedding invitations and wedding website. Be clear on what is required. That way, someone doesn’t travel a long distance to attend your wedding, only to not have the proof needed to do so. For example, will a photo of a vaccine card work, or do guests need to bring the actual card with them? Does a negative COVID test suffice for attendance?
Naturally, asking guests to show proof of vaccination to attend your wedding may ruffle some feathers. There will be guests who are unwilling or unable to meet this requirement, which can cause frustration. Because of this, it’s essential to have alternative options for being part of your special day. For example, if you choose to set the requirement, plan to live stream your wedding for guests who can’t attend in person. That way, those you love will still be able to celebrate with you from afar.
4. Hire a Wedding Planner Sooner Rather than Later
Because of the pandemic, hiring a wedding planner to help you navigate weddings during COVID is more important than ever. Not only do couples have the usual stress of planning the most important day of their life, but now there is more to consider. Wedding planners help with so much, from developing a solid plan B to finding available vendors and ensuring favorable contract terms to helping you enjoy the planning process. At Park Avenue Events, we are here to help you plan the wedding of your dreams, even during COVID. Contact us today to learn more about our unique planning services for weddings during COVID!
Let’s start with a simple question, “How are you doing?”
There was a time when we could politely ask and expect an incidental “fine” reply but times have changed. In the blink of an eye, life as we knew it has been forever altered and we are now in uncharted territory. The simple pleasures of a night out at a restaurant, grocery shopping or even visits to grandparents’ house are now either restricted or well planned activities with guidelines we must follow to keep each other safe. Quarantine is no longer just in the movies but rather an everyday part of life. And every greeting carries meaning. So honestly, “How are you doing?” We hope you are holding up well.
At Park Ave, although we have had to make adjustments, we are still planning various occasions and modifying others. We are moving meetings and events in anticipation of what may be an extended period of time especially considering changing city and state updates regarding quarantine and stay-home restrictions.
Prior to the onset of this epidemic, one of my brides had scheduled a gown fitting for the end of March to align with her busy work schedule that included a lot of travel. The gown was being made by a local seamstress. When rumblings started about COVID-19 and companies began to caution travel, I immediately reached out to my bride and the seamstress to see if there was any way to move that appointment up. I just had a feeling. Whether you believe in luck or grace, we were able to get the bride measured and bridal gown materials ordered and RECEIVED from New York prior to the store having to close due to the pandemic. Our joy came in the form of smiles on the face of the bride.
Right now, we are busy moving corporate and non-profit events to later dates and so grateful that our corporate partners are postponing rather than canceling. Some of our nonprofit clients are opting for online auctions. Sidenote: We manage those too! We are monitoring proceeds from these online auctions and keeping our clients informed. Clients, in turn, are able to directly communicate with their supporters the goal and how close they are to reaching the goal.
Additionally, we still have a few dates open for fall 2020 and early 2021 brides. Together, with our trusted vendor partners – who are all rock stars by the way – we are here to help you make your dreams come true whether you are rescheduling, renewing or replacing prior plans. We’re here for you!
If we can help from the comforts of our home we’d love to help save your event.
Our fall wedding season is in high gear, but engagement season is right around the corner. We want to share with you some creative wedding proposal ideas and must do’s for an epic wedding proposal. A few years ago it was all the rage to have a flash mob engagement.That trend has lost its fizzle and couples are going back to more classic and timeless ways to propose. Here are a few that we like.
We now love to share with our friends and family the major events in our lives on various social media sites. Going viral is just the icing on the cake. Tickle your Social Media fancy with some of these unique and innovative proposal ideas:
There is always something magical about seeing Marry Me? written in the clouds. Some of the oldies but goodies favorite proposal ideas include:
First Date Location
Are there any fun places or things that you love to do as a couple? If you’re outdoor enthusiast, propose on one of your favorite hiking trails. Look into these ideas as a way to make your proposal for your special someone more personal. She will love how much you’ve taken her interests to heart. #CoupleGoals
Exotic Travel Destination
Exotic Travel Destination
Now that we’ve given you some ideas on how to propose, here are some Must Do’s to make that proposal epic.
Ask the parents . . . Get the family & friends involved (major points for speaking with her BESTIE beforehand)
Get the perfect ring
Make it personal . . . know your fiancé’s style.. do something unique to your relationship.
Get it on camera, whether by a photographer or videographer – This is the start your story together. So document it.
Make sure her nails are done
Whether you want to go big or keep it simple, any of these ideas will show the woman in your life how much you care and love her and make your proposal extraordinary. Remember the things you both love and the elements of your relationship that make it amazing and you can’t go wrong. Make it Epic!