5. Watch out for the weather – During the summertime, Mother Nature can often be unpredictable, especially when it comes to destination weddings. Make sure you have a back-up location if the weather takes a turn for the worst. Keep an eye out for the weather forecast and make a decision either the night before (if you have a morning wedding) or the morning of (if you have an afternoon wedding) so that your guests know where they’re supposed to be going. The last thing you want is to have to make a run for it half way through your vows as the downpour begins. 6. Incorporate “cool” things into your menu – Whether you’re having a cocktail hour or are ushering your guests straight to the reception after the ceremony, make sure that there are foods or drinks that help compensate for the temperature. Have a few destination appropriate cocktails for your guests to choose from (ex. ginger martinis in Thailand or guava mojitos in Hawaii) or offer some chilled soups (ex. gazpacho or cucumber soup) to provide relief from the heat.
7. Provide accommodations – Assuming your wedding is on at least a Friday, your friends and family will most likely want to make a weekend out of it. This doesn’t mean you have to pay for their hotel room. But as the bride and groom, you’ll probably be able to get a good deal on hotel rates if you call in and say its for your wedding guests. Let your guests know the location and nightly rate in your invitation and it will save you from receiving calls from people asking where they can stay.
8. Give your guests time – If you’re having a church wedding, your guests will most likely be dressed in their Sunday’s best. If you’re having an outdoor wedding, they will probably attempt to dress to the nines, which will cause them to sweat. Profusely. Either way, allow your guests time to go back to their rooms and change for the reception. You’ll probably want to use this time to have your pictures taken anyway.
9. Give your bridesmaids the support they need – When it comes to the ceremony and pictures, its understandable that you want your bridesmaids to be looking their most beautiful from head to toe. But once that’s over, like you, they still have the rest of the night to get through. You know what a killer it is to be in heels, especially when dancing’s involved (and who doesn’t dance at a wedding?) A cute idea is to provide your girls with shoes to use after all the hoopla is done. You can either incorporate them as a part of the invitation to be a part of your wedding party or present them as a thank you for being by your side. You can go fancy with some satin Toms or simple with some sequined flip-flops. Either way, they’ll love them.