We host many weddings every year at Youngberg Hill. Our recent award from the Oregon Bride Magazine for the Best All-Inclusive Venue in the Valley – and the fact that we win this “Best of” competition year after year goes to show that we are pretty great at providing the bride, groom, bridal party, and guests with exactly what they need.
This is why we are qualified to provide you with eight tips for planning your destination wedding:
Tip #1. Pick a location that is naturally beautiful. You picked your out-of-town location because it had something about it you love. Perhaps it is the surrounding wine country with the rolling hills which are reminiscent of Tuscany, maybe it’s the beauty of the vines themselves, or perhaps it’s the delicious wine. No matter what it is you love about your destination, be sure to celebrate and capture its natural beauty during your special day.
Tip #2. Shop locally for your favors. You may not be able to buy all your guests a bottle of Pinot, but perhaps you can give a bottle to each member of your bridal party. Additionally, look at local chocolatiers, candle makers, and more for favors that would fit with your wedding and your budget.
Tip #3. Decide if you are planning an elopement or a wedding. A destination elopement is completely possible and may be a better fit for you and your fiancé. Many locations – including Youngberg Hill – are providing an elopement package along with personalized wedding options.
Tip #4. Get recommendations from the venue. Chances are, your wedding venue has hosted many weddings and has an idea of which vendors will serve you best in the majority of scenarios. If you aren’t from the location at which you are getting married – and you are planning from afar – a little local advice may go a long way in helping you plan the wedding of your dreams.
Tip #5. A Save the Date is definitely required for your destination wedding. It doesn’t have to be formal – an email sent out to all those you wish to attend about 8-12 months in advance will give your guests time to book flights and make arrangements.
Tip #6. Make a list. List out anything you may need before you head to your destination location. This way you can decide what you must bring to the location and what you can purchase or get done on-site.
Tip #7. Get there in advance. You don’t want to be worrying about the details of your wedding on your wedding day. Consider visiting your wedding location in advance and ironing out any details. This will also give you the opportunity to shop locally, get an idea of the local flavor, and have a little pre-honeymoon getaway with your fiancé.
Tip #8. Plan to stay. One great thing about having your wedding away from home is that you are already on vacation. This means you can incorporate at your destination location into your honeymoon and enjoy the local landscapes, go wine tasting, or make day trips to local sights.
In the end, your wedding day is about the love you share with your significant other. Be sure you are able to celebrate it with as little stress as possible.