Brit + Co Logo

Looking for sweet cookie recipes,

the latest fashion trends and inspo,

or a way to up your calligraphy game?

We'll help you find something amazing ✨

How to Plan Your Dream Destination Wedding Like a Pro

If you have a serious case of wanderlust, you probably love destination weddings, and may even be planning your own. And who can blame you?Whether on Instagram or IRL, destination weddings transport us to the most picturesque and romantic places on Earth. That said, planning a destination wedding isn’t always easy. When you factor in budgeting, traveling and figuring out the guest list, there’s a lot of preparation leading up to the Big Day. No worries — we’ve gathered up our favorite advice straight from the professionals, so you can relax and enjoy every minute leading up to your wedding day. Now, grab your passport and get ready for the journey of a lifetime!

1. Make it Fun: “This is an adventure for your guests, so make it both fun and informative,” says Melissa of Whimsique. “Include helpful information for them, including things to do while, places to eat, fun info about the location they’re visiting. Also be sure to include important accompanying information, like phone numbers, addresses and websites. Hand drawn or painted maps of the wedding location are a great way to keep things fun and personal.” (via The Youngrens)

2. Give Some TLC to Your Skin: Sam of Mobile Bridal Salon says, “Traveling can be especially hard on the skin. Be sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and using a face mist throughout the day for a boost of moisture. Rose water and lavender are the best.”

3. Keep Your Travelers in the Know: A list of activities is just the first step in ensuring your guests have a good time. “Give them ideas of places to stay and helpful information regarding attire that’s appropriate for your destination. Well-informed guests are happy guests!” says Virginia of Bluebird Productions.

Mon Amie Bridal Salon - John Schnack Photography planner Nicole George Events

4. Make Your Wedding Dress Unique: Danielle of Mon Amie Bridal Salon says, “A destination wedding calls for a non-traditional wedding dress. Soft lace and simple silhouettes are perfect for beachside fetes.” (via John Schnack Photography / Nicole George Event Planning & Design)

5. Spoil Your Guests: Elizabeth of WINK! Weddings says to “make it a holiday for everyone! Remember, you are removing your guests from their element as well. Be sure to have some sweet essentials ready for them upon arrival to set the tone for the whole celebration. Welcome bags with sweet treats, a schedule of events and a list of fun places to explore will help your guests feel like you’ve thought of everything! Better yet, have your planner do it for you!”

romper edit

6. Invest in a Comfy, Cute Dress: Charlotte of Plum Pretty Sugar tells us “a perfect little multipurpose dress is a great *must-have* for any destination wedding. This little beauty from Plum Pretty Sugar goes from pre-wedding festivities to honeymoon to everyday in a snap.”

7. Take Care of Your Gown: “Before tucking into your bag, carefully fold your dress into the size of your carry-on rolling suitcase, then wrapping it in a plastic dry cleaner’s bag. To fold it, just lay it flat across a bed and fold with as few ‘crease points’ as possible. If your gown has beading, especially the type with prongs, make sure that area of the dress is wrapped separately with tissue paper, so it doesn’t snag any silk or tulle!” says Rebecca of Rebecca Schoneveld.

8. Make the Most of Your Destination: Carina of Love Me Do Photography says to “It could work out really well to do a ‘day before’ or ‘day after’ shoot, giving you the time to go around your locale and really get some great images outside of the wedding day itself.”

Gold Leaf Event Design & Production - Ashely Sawtelle Photography

9. Book Ahead: Chelsea and Kate of Gold Leaf Event Design & Production say “send your guests lodging options with the save the date since hotels book up quickly in popular destinations. List room blocks on your wedding website, and list the link on your save the date.” (via Gold Leaf Event Design & Production / Ashley Sawtelle Photography)

10. Small Fees Add Up: “When budgeting for your destination wedding, be sure to ask about line items such as customs fees, shipping charges, porterage fees, gratuities and storage fees. They can add up quickly and no one likes these last-minute surprises,” says Danielle of Magnolia Bluebird Design & Events.

11. Find Out the Local Marriage License Regulations: “Research marriage laws! Every country/destination has their own rules on obtaining a marriage license. Consider getting married in your hometown and hosting a symbolic union at your destination wedding,” says Liz of Dapper Events.

Fete Nashville - Abigail Bobo Photography _Venue Country Music Hall of Fame 2

12. Utilize Famous Sights: Sara of Fete Nashville says “One of the most exciting parts of having a destination wedding is being able to use iconic landmarks as part of your wedding theme on the invitation, and in decor sprinkled among the weekend’s festivities.” (via Fete Nashville / Abigail Bobo Photography)

13. Hire a Wedding Planner: Lena of Belle Destination Weddings & Events says, “Hire a professional wedding planner! Having peace of mind that all of the details are taken care of is truly priceless. Once your wedding day comes, you can relax and enjoy your time with friends and family, and feel like a guest at your own wedding!”

15. Draw on the Expertise of Local Vendors: “Use local vendors when possible. They will be familiar with your venue and can give you good ideas,” says Kelli of Country Bouquets Floral.

Anna Delores Photography 2

13. Capture theMoments: “Don’t compromise on photography. Many couples think they have to hire a wedding photographer who is local to the destination in order to cut down on costs, but that might not always be the case. Couples who choose a photographer whose work and personality they LOVE, regardless of travel expenses, are happier in the long run, and the travel expenses might not be as high as you think,” says Anna of Anna Delores Photography. (via Anna Delores Photography)

Are you planning a destination wedding? Follow us on Pinterest for more tips and inspo.

Leila Lewis
As a business school graduate from Santa Clara University, Leila (Khalil) Lewis’ career began in publishing, where she worked in marketing and editorial roles for business and lifestyle publications. Since transitioning into the wedding business in 2004, Leila has over 10 years of wedding marketing experience under her belt. Leila created Be Inspired® PR in 2007, the first full-service public relations agency dedicated to the wedding and special event industry.

Alright, folks. We've officially made it to fall. And if you haven't already started switching out your decor (as long as it's ready by Friendsgiving, right?) you still have time to do so. Draw inspiration from this round-up of new home products that includes harvest-inspired candles, cozy linens and textiles, and a v. practical piece of furniture. One scroll through these, and you'll have all the motivation you need to transition the seasons. Scroll on to start shopping.

Prism x LOREM Collection ($96+): Calling all Cali babes. The popular Long Beach boutique, Prism, announced a boho-fabulous collab with home decor line, LOREM, that we can't get enough of. Shop everything from plant hangers (eight options, to be exact) to artwork, all inspired by the very colorful vibes of the brands. If you were looking for a cheery way to tide you through winter, this. is. it!

Floyd Mattress (Price TBD): Fans of the cult-favorite Detroit-based brand will love their latest launch debuting on October 29. The highly-coveted Floyd Mattress will have the same made-to-last design and superior comfort as their other furnishings, tailored perfectly to fit the line's in-demand bed frame. Additional details for the mattress include a breathable foam material, highly-mobile packaging, and a low-profile design to secure your best night's sleep yet. Check back on the last week of the month to get one for yourself.

Dims 'Composed Vanity' ($595): Small space? No problem! Direct-to-consumer brand, Dims, is giving you a quick and stylish solution to your storage needs with their newest item that doubles as both a desk and vanity. The functional piece is made with non-toxic, chemical-free materials and can be assembled in seven minutes or less. Throw in four sleek shades to choose from, and this may just be your best purchase of 2019 yet!

Saatchi Art x The Citizenry Holiday Collection ($225+): Get ready to deck your walls this holiday season. Saatchi Art partnered with The Citizenry in a one-of-a-kind collection that features a curation of art across styles. Explore everything from modern to abstract creations in a selection so stunning, it's bound to spark a conversation at your next gathering.

NEST Spiced Orange & Clove Collection ($16+): If you haven't experienced the addicting aromas of the beloved NEST fragrance brand, this is the perfect time to get on board! The label recently released their latest scent — spiced orange & clove — just in time for all your gatherings. Inhale festive notes of orange pomander, spiced brandy, cinnamon, and gingered honey across their suite of candles and diffusers to bring all the good vibes to your home.

Bloomingdales x RiLEY Home ($19+): RiLEY Home gets millennials. So they teamed up with Bloomingdales to make shopping their selection more attainable than ever. Now, you can get in on long-lasting, luxurious staples like flannel sheets, bedding, printed throws, premium pet beds, and more, by shopping online and in-stores at the department store. (Trust us: These dream goods are ones you're going to be *glad* you stocked-up on.)

Italic Serene Towels ($12+): The luxury brand that prides itself on using the *same* factories namesake brands (like Calvin Klein and Lacoste) use, but without the price tag behind them, brings you a new product for fall. Treat yourself to Italic's ultra-soft towel set spun from fluffy, 100% Australian cotton, in a convenient set of six. Consider it the perfect indulgence after a long soak in the tub on a cozy FNI (Friday night in)!

Hyascent x Neiman Marcus ($169): 'Tis the season for a delightfully scented home. Warm your abode with scents like bourbon joy, cheeky rose and more in a unique diffuser that doubles more as decor than a fragrance-inducer. Fresh off the (online) shelves of Neiman Marcus, explore nine scents that last up to six months in a specialized hourglass holder. (Shhh! Your friends will never know the secret of why your place smells so darn good!)