Episode 10: Destination Weddings and Elopements

In this episode, Nicole discusses planning for a destination wedding with friend and fellow photographer Heather Pszwaro. Heather and her husband eloped to Hawaii for their destination wedding and she has some tips to share with those considering a destination wedding.

Some things to consider when planning a destination wedding:

  • Will your marriage be legal in the US, or will you be required to take action before or after your destination wedding?

  • Are their guests who you’d really want to be at your wedding that may not be able to travel?

  • Depending on distance, you may not be able to make it to your venue to scout out the areas or meet your vendors many times in advance.

  • Notify your guests as soon as you have your venue decided on so they can begin to prep for the travel arrangements.

  • Research blogs or planners in your destination to help you decide on local vendors to reach out to. Find a planner who specializes in destination weddings and may even be able to be with you on-site.

  • If you’re planning a wedding at an adults-only resort but some guests may be bringing children, or you have other guests staying off-site, there may be fees involved.

  • Does your resort have strict rules on the vendors you choose, and will there be a fee for using someone off site?

  • Be sure to arrive days before the wedding in case of any travel issues, and this will also give you time to do hair and makeup trials and get comfortable with the location and time change, if there is one.

  • Use local florals and food to cut down on costs.

  • Think about weather and location when deciding what you’re wearing.

  • If flying to your wedding destination, carry on your wedding dress on the way there to avoid losing it.

Check out this Brides article: How to Plan A Destination Wedding: 11 Tips to Consider.

Find Heather’s work on Instagram!

Photo from Heather and Mark’s elopement in Maui. Photo credit: Kaitlin Noel Photography.

Photo from Heather and Mark’s elopement in Maui. Photo credit: Kaitlin Noel Photography.


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