Real Bride - Planning a Destination Wedding
Here at LoveLi we love hearing real brides (and grooms) stories and getting your take on planning and creating your special day. This week we’ve been chatting to real bride Anna, who had a destination wedding in fabulous Las Vegas about planning a big day abroad and got her tips for brides in similar planning situations. If you fancy writing a piece for the blog and have a story to tell do get in touch as we love featuring your weddings.
Deciding to have a destination wedding might seem somewhat daunting to some, but on reflection it was the best decision we made in the whole of my wedding planning. Most people’s reactions were “how will you manage with the distance” or “what if no one can make it” but in reality, it was just as easy as if we had planned it here in the UK.
My husband and I love Las Vegas and are not traditional so felt like the perfect location. We both love the sun and being outdoors too, so there was nowhere better in our opinion. The great thing about a destination wedding in Las Vegas, is you get so much more for your money. We picked many upgrade options, that if we’d been in the UK, we probably wouldn’t have been able to afford the equivalent. For example, the free bar for the whole wedding was only $8 per person per hour, which was cheaper than one drink; and this was for pretty much anything our guests could ever wish to drink!
Planning was just as easy as it would have been if we’d married here, as let’s face it, you don’t visit your venue that often before the big day and most things are done on email anyway. We had visited the resorts before but not the actual wedding locations, and booked based on online reviews and our knowledge of the wider area. I did a lot of reading up online, but again, I would have done that for a UK wedding too!
The main thing I needed to remember was the time difference when emailing the venues and suppliers, and also the exchange rate, which I checked regularly. Other than that, it was a piece of cake! The location gave us a ‘clear suits of cards theme’, which was designed in an elegant but glitzy style and this carried on through to the theming of the venue. We chose LoveLi for this as Lianne really understood the personalities of my husband and I and transformed our ideas into reality. Having someone take care of the stationery and theming was a great help, and again, the distance of the venue caused no problem.
My best advice for anyone considering a destination wedding is go with your gut and don’t let distance put you off. If you love it and feel the location suits you and your husband/wife-to-be, then go for it. Your guests will still make the effort, but give them enough notice – we gave about 22 months’ notice and resulted in 40 members of our families and friends join us not only for our special day, but for week-long celebrations. When else would you get the chance to have everyone all together on holiday at the same time? It was an incredible time from start to finish and an experience all our friends and family will be talking about for years to come.
You may have seen this fabulous big day in the styling sections of our website as we helped the couple with both wedding stationery and their on the day theming and styling. Anna has even got the pics featured in the media with Destination Wedding & Honeymoons Abroad Magazine.