Destination Wedding: Preplan Everything

So far, we’ve stressed a lot on pre-planning and prepping way ahead of time.
For starts, we’ve discussed how sending out your save-the-dates a _year_ in
advance and your invitations at least 3 months in advance is vital. We’ve also
scratched the surface on sending out informational packets to all of your
guests. Since we’ve taken a glimpse at some of the preplanning ordeals, let’s
delve a little deeper. So, let’s take a look at what to include in your
invitations, what group plans you could get and where, and when you need to
have all of the wedding party’s attire decided upon, purchased, and received.
For this blog post, we’ll delve deeper into what exactly you need to include
in your wedding invitations.

Destination Wedding Invitations by Krista Guenin

**Included in the Invites:** For destination weddings, your
invitation includes more than just a final destination; it should include a
few extras to help your guests feel and be well prepared. Here are the extras
that you need to include:

* **An Address:** This is the most obvious inclusion. Your guests need to know exactly where they’re going so they have an idea of what to expect.
* **Directions and a Map:** This could be really helpful. Get “tourist” maps of the city your wedding will be in, and circle the exact location. You should also include written directions for those who don’t have a GPS. In order to keep it classy looking and not thrown together, you need to have these printed out on the same cardstock and the same style as your wedding invitation.
* **Hotel Information:** This is important if you want/can keep everyone in the same location for easy traveling purposes. Make sure to include the hotel’s address, phone numbers, fax information, and their website. The more information, the better. Also, let them know if there are any group discounts that they need to be aware of for financial purposes.
* **Flight Information:** If you are able to group rates of any kind, than make sure to include all flight information needed; include information like time of departure and arrival, what flight they’re to take, what gate they’re departing and arriving in, and if there are any delays. Also, make sure to let your guests know if there are any stops on the way, and if there are, include where the stops are, how long they are, and where they need to go to next. All the information you’re provided with give to your guests. Like I said before, the more info, the better.
* **Ceremony/Reception Location Website:** Definitely (and obviously) include your venue’s website. If your ceremony and reception are in different locations, than make sure to include both websites. That way your guests can get more information on location and so on.
**An Idea for You:** If you want to save on postage, than another thing you can do is create your own website; state on your invitation your website information, mentioning how your wedding website has all the destination wedding information mentioned above. This is one way to include all the above info for your guests. So, now that we have an idea of what information needs to be included in your invitations or on your website, you can get started! Remember, the more the better, the sooner the better!

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