How To Make Your Destination Wedding Guests Happy
We exposed what people really think when you invite them to a destination wedding (and it wasn’t pretty). So how do you make it a little easier for your guests to drop a grand on an airplane ticket to witness your exchange of vows? Here are some tips on making your destination wedding easier on guests.
Give them lots of notice
Like, seriously, a year. Your guests need a good year’s notice so they can save up the money, book the babysitters, take the time off work and do everything they need to so they can make it to your wedding.
See if an airline will give your guests a discount if they book in groups.
Arrange travel groups
Traveling long distances alone isn’t fun. Get guests who live in the same city on an email thread and help them travel together.
Arrange for shuttles to pick guests up from the airport—you know it’s tough enough to flag a cab at an airport in the city where you live, so abroad? It won’t be easy. Besides, your guests will probably be jet lagged and cranky and could use the help.
Send something small, like fruit plates or beer, to your guest’s hotel room. They’ll appreciate feeling appreciated.
Send out tips ahead of time
Is it customary to tip in the place you’re having your wedding? Are the taxis are safe? Which neighborhoods are fun to stay in? Send this all out in emails way before your wedding.
See if hotels will give your guests discounts for booking in groups.
Arrange optional activities
Your guests are traveling far, so make it worth their while. Arrange for guided tours of the city and fun activities.
It can be very helpful if you give your guests a list of apps to download to help them get around and enjoy themselves—apps like language translators and virtual maps.
Your guests will appreciate it big time if you host them for a few meals in addition to the big wedding meal. Eating abroad is expensive; host a brunch or two.
Email your guests a list of tips to help them stay on budget. Affordable areas to eat, inexpensive tours to take, free activities and more.
If your destination is known for things like pickpocketing, warn your guests. You don’t want them to feel ripped off when they might already feel that way for having to fly across the world for your wedding.
Be super excited
When a guest tells you he or she will make it, go bananas. Skype them immediately and cry tears of joy. If they can see how happy this makes you, it will make the money they spend worth it.
Make the wedding amazing
Sorry, but you can’t have your guests travel across the world for your nuptials and not put on a show. This wedding better be special. In other words, don’t just serve “the chicken.”
And finally, there must be an open bar. Almost all tensions can be eased by an open bar.