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1. Customize a Website
One of the first fun and exciting steps in your planning process is creating a customized wedding website that is designed just for your wedding. Details like the wedding location, booking information, and important dates and times can all be included on your wedding page. It might be good to include an itinerary for your guests, so they know what to expect when they arrive, as well as periods where they will have down time. Many couples share their "love story" and include some photos of their engagement. In addition, your wedding website can serve as the primary resource for suggested activities, either for the group, or individual. Your guests will thank you for doing the research for them.
2. Welcome Them with a Party
What better way to be greeted than with a party after a day of long travel? As a wedding guest who just arrived in Mexico, the last thing you'd want to worry about is changing into some stuffy wedding attire. Instead, you'd probably be wondering where the closest swim-up bar is, right? With that being said, give your guests a chance to settle in before throwing them into the hustle and bustle of your wedding day. A welcome party is an excellent way to greet your guests and set the tone for your destination wedding. After all, that is why you were looking to get away, isn't it? To have an non-traditional, carefree, relaxing wedding. So, invite your guests to kick back, have a drink, and stay a while.
3. Provide a Welcome Bag
Who doesn't like gifts? Go the extra mile (because your guests certainly did) and put together some welcome bags for your friends and family to pick up at the hotel's front desk upon check- in. Fill the bags with an official itinerary, resort map, water bottles, snacks, small gifts – maybe even a cute welcome note from you and your SO. Be creative and make it fun! This gesture will help your guests feel right at home and appreciated.
4. Be Considerate
Take advantage of where you are! Use your resources. Work with your travel agent and wedding coordinators to ensure that not only your wedding is amazing, but the experience for your guests are as well. Be considerate not to book around holidays or dates that would be of conflict for everyone. Also, price is an important factor for most people, so consider coordinating a time of year that appeals to everyone's budget. Up-playing the all-inclusive perks will look tempting to your guests, so be sure to note the resort's amenities and inclusions when creating your website.
5. Suggest Activities
Make sure to do the research for your guests. They are guests for a reason. Do suggest activities and resort promotions, but don't expect that your guests will do everything (it's their vacation, too!). A lot of all-inclusive resorts have activities that run throughout the day, so if you suggest one or two group activities for them to get involved in, they'll have the perfect balance of activity time with the group, and downtime alone, as well. Making these suggestions will relieve a lot of headaches for your friends and family in the long run, and only makes the vacation experience run smoother for everyone.
Let these myth-busters be the reason you book your dream wedding.
1.Hard to plan- WRONG!
Many people assume planning a wedding in a remote location is much more difficult than planning a wedding locally. But what couples don't realize, is that travel agencies specialize in romantic travel – particularly destination weddings, and cover all these details FOR you. There's no need to stress – your travel specialist does all the leg work for you!
With the traditional American wedding costing over $30,000, it's no wonder most people assume a wedding in an exotic location would be more. Luckily, most properties can hold a beautiful wedding ceremony and reception for you and your guests for as little as $10,000 –significantly cheaper than the average local wedding.
3.Too plain- WRONG!
Are you avoiding a remote wedding because you don't think you can add those personal touches like you could in person? Think again. When you book with a travel specialist, they'll hook you up with the resort's wedding planners whose job it is to pull off gorgeous wedding setups for you well ahead of time. In addition, the wedding planners communicate with you every step of the way to ensure your wedding is as lavish as you expected upon arrival.
4.Guests won't come- WRONG!
Truth is, there are many perks in booking your wedding at an all-inclusive resort. Guests group rates are fairly inexpensive and reasonable, and considering that food and drink are included, it winds up being a better deal than a traditional wedding. Transportation is also taken care of by your travel specialists from start to finish, so you and your guests don't have to worry about getting from point A to point B.
5.Not many options- WRONG!
This is a HUGE myth –there are endless options out there! Since searching for the perfect wedding destination can be a bit overwhelming for couples, consider booking with a travel specialist who is a PRO at finding you everything on your wish list, and then some. A good travel specialist travels to a variety of destinations and resorts annually to make sure they will provide a great experience for couples and guests. They will help you narrow down your options based on pricing, venues, food, and more.
For more information on booking your dream wedding, contact Romance Travel Group – their experts will take care of you FREE of charge. Visit www.romancetravelgroup.com for more info.
Lisa Ruchti of Romance Travel Group makes the romance travel planning process a breeze. Check out what her clients are saying!
On selecting a location...
"You have made this process so easy. We spent countless hours on different sites searching and reading reviews on where to go for our honeymoon and just didn’t find anything that felt right. Yet within a matter of a single conversation, you nailed the recommendation!" -Amanda
On nailing the budget...
"She was so helpful and very responsive to any questions we had. We gave her our budget and she gave us amazing options that fit exactly what we envisioned!" -Ashley
On taking charge...
"From start to finish she was there for whatever we needed. She is very knowledgeable about the business and managed to help us pull off a beautiful destination wedding." -Kiara
"All our guest said Romance Travel Group made everything super easy, and they loved being able to set up payment plans. I did not have to do a thing.. which for me, was PERFECT." -Alexis
"Lisa was our wedding travel agent and she was AMAZING. Everything was super easy, and the website she made for us was spectacular." -Alexis
"Even though she was in a different state, she managed to keep us well informed and updated regularly. She also made the travel planning process incredibly easy for us and we are so grateful for all of her help!!!" -Kiara
"Neither of us had been to Mexico so we had a lot of questions about safety, excursions, money etc. She was beyond helpful, we cannot thank her enough!" -Ashley
"One of the best decisions I made while planning our wedding was sending an email to Romance Travel Group!" -Amanda
"If you are looking to book a honeymoon or destination wedding, I HIGHLY recommend Lisa. She will not let you down and will make you feel comfortable with everything!" -Ashley
"I will definitely recommend Romance Travel Group to any bride !!!! Thanks Lisa!! It was a day we will never ever forget!!!!!!" -Alexis
Well, we can't say we disagree :)
If you'd like to contact Lisa, please reach out to her at Lisa@romancetravelgroup.com, or 320.656.0152. To give us feedback on your romantic travel experience, feel free to write us a review- we love hearing your love stories!
If you're skeptical about a destination wedding, think again!
If you're anything like me, an elaborate wedding ceremony is the last thing on your mind. Your vision is quite the opposite—more scenic... more tranquil... and even a bit untraditional. Sound about right?
Sure, you can make any wedding unique. But location offers an experience that makes it hard to forget.
On top of the sandy beaches, the colorful sunsets, and the warm Caribbean breeze, most resorts actually have special packages for newlyweds that are intended to enhance the romantic experience.
With Romance Travel Group, they can connect you with these special packages and then some. Romance is in their name, after all!
Some of the perks I'm talking about include room upgrades, resort points—and even spa credits. Couple's massage, anyone?
Speaking of perks, a lot of resorts offer wedding packages that include everything from the decor at the wedding ceremony, to the food and drink at the reception. Not to mention a gorgeous honeymoon suite just around the corner!
In fact, one of the biggest destination wedding myths is that they are said to be more expensive than regular weddings. Shelli Nornes, CEO and President of Romance Travel Group, clarifies that she and her team can plan a beautiful destination wedding for under $10,000—this is quite the deal compared to the average American wedding of around $30,000!
Besides travelling to the wedding destination itself, once you and your
guests are there—you're there!
It's nice to know you don't have to worry about rides to and from the ceremony, to the reception, then back to the hotel again—everything's usually within walking distance.
Additionally, resorts typically have a workout facility, spa, and numerous restaurants and bars—a stamp of approval in the convenience department. Hey, it may even save you a honeymoon trip, if that's what you choose!
5. The Experts
Did you know that there are travel agencies dedicated to planning the ultimate destination wedding?
Most assume arranging these types of weddings are difficult. But with Romance Travel Group, you get to work with experts who have planned hundreds of destination weddings.
Plus, they have great relationships with travel partners to ensure the most affordable rates, and will even try to match competitive prices. Another positive, is that you communicate directly with a "live" person from start to finish—that's not something you can say about your average travel website.
And as if I wasn't already sold, Romance Travel Group's services are complimentary...what? I speak the truth. Definitely worth checking out. Visit their site at www.RomanceTravelGroup.com, or call 507-267-4857.
- Shauna Carlson