Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Destination Weddings

Destination weddings are hugely popular these days, but your wedding guests may be unfamiliar with the location you have chosen for your wedding destination. So, if you want both you and your guests to have an enjoyable destination wedding planning experience, you will find that communication and convenience are two of the key considerations for success.
Pre-wedding communication of all of the details involved in planning for and traveling to a destination wedding can be both time-consuming and expensive. If you create a wedding website, however, you can provide all of the wedding details in one place. That way, your guests can make their travel plans using your suggestions about where to stay, what to do and how to get there. Not only will your research make it easier for your guests to plan their travel arrangements, but you will also save your own time and money because you will not have lots of phone calls to field or multiple mailings to send. Creating website links directly to the reservation pages of the hotels, B&Bs or Inns that you recommend and making suggestions regarding local activities for those who may be extending their stay will make it much easier for your guests to know what is both available and closely located to the wedding location. For added convenience, you can even provide a calendar of pre-arranged events along with the directions to each. Including stories on your wedding website about where you grew up, how you met and how you became engaged will allow the friends and family members of each side to get to know you better. You may even want to allow your guests the opportunity to get to know each other better by creating a page on your website that includes photos and stories about how you came to know each of them. To further include your guests, you can post photos or video of the actual proposal or even blog entries about your wedding planning experience- doing so will allow them to share in the experienceamd coment on your entries.
Since destination weddings tend to be smaller in size, you will mostly likely have friends and family members who will not be in attendance. Not only is a wedding website a wonderful planning tool, but because you can share guestbook entries, photos, stories and videos post-wedding, it is also an ideal method for sharing your wedding experiences with everyone, including those who could not be there with you in person.
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