5 Tips for Planning a Micro Destination Wedding

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Destination weddings are the dream for many brides. They’re fun, exciting, and a great excuse for travel. Making a destination wedding also a micro wedding helps create a more intimate setting and can make the event easier to plan. Micro-destination weddings are a great way to travel with family members and close friends while celebrating an incredible event.

If you’re looking for some assistance on how to plan a micro wedding that also happens to be a destination wedding, you’ve come to the right place. We believe that regardless of your wedding’s size, location, or budget, it should be one of the absolute best days of your life. Here are five tips for planning the micro destination wedding of your dreams.

1. Nail Down Your Guest List

It’s so important to clarify your guest list regardless of your wedding’s intended size or location. When you know how many people are expected to be at your event, you have a much better idea of how to plan. You can choose a venue, menu, decorations, and more. It can be tempting to invite anyone and everyone you know to your wedding, but if you know that you’re planning a destination micro wedding, you have to keep things limited.

The fact that you’re planning a destination wedding will help limit your guest list significantly (not everyone will be able to travel easily, either for schedule or budgetary reasons) but you want to be sure you don’t invite more people than you’re comfortable hosting. Once you have your guest list set, you can move on to planning the event.

2. Choose Your Destination

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This may seem like a no-brainer, but you have to narrow down your location to host a micro-destination wedding. Believe it or not, a destination wedding doesn’t have to be on a beach somewhere or even in a different country. You can choose a city you love, a National Park you’ve always wanted to visit, or even a state that’s closer to family and friends.

As you consider the million different options for your destination wedding, try to find one that has meaning to you both—or at least one that excites you both. Consider the overall atmosphere you want for your wedding and how the location will affect it. Keep in mind who you’re inviting and how accessible everything needs to be for them (wheelchairs, strollers, or other necessary assistance). Make sure there’s a place nearby to hold a reception for your guests and hotels for everyone to stay in.

3. Consider a Wedding Planner

While micro weddings might be easier to plan than large weddings just due to their scope in size, destination weddings are incredibly challenging. You can’t usually tour a venue before choosing it. Tasting the food first isn’t a likely possibility. You don’t know how everything will work out and a lot of details end up being left to the last minute.

A local wedding planner can make the entire planning process less stressful. They can allow you to share your intimate wedding day with your friends and family without constantly worrying about all the details involved in running the day. Check with the venue you selected and see if they have a wedding planner on staff or if there is a local planner with reputable experience that can help you. They could help you figure out a lot of the details that distance makes difficult.

4. Provide Travel Tips for Guests

People travel to weddings all the time, whether that’s a 30-minute drive or a five-hour plane ride. However, destination weddings often require guests to travel a bit more than normal. While you aren’t responsible for booking their travel or hotels, it can help a great deal to give them plenty of travel tips. Make sure you give all the information necessary for your guests to find their way—even some suggested hotels they could stay in nearby.

5. Do Things Your Way

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Weddings have a complicated way of becoming overwhelming, distracting, and all-consuming. It can be easy to forget that this day is about celebrating you, your love, and your marriage. Traditions, stresses, and guest preferences can feel like a constant pull-push of emotions and decisions. If you feel yourself getting overwhelmed with everything, take a breath and try to relax.

Remember that this is your day. This is your wedding. It doesn’t need to be anything you don’t want. You can plan it on top of a mountain, at a beach, in the desert, by a pool, or anywhere else you’d like. This day should be done your way and should include things most meaningful to you.

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