If you’re planning a destination wedding the most common choice is to do a resort wedding. And it makes perfect sense!
Because they’re the easiest and most available wedding venues pretty much everywhere. Resorts are used to doing destination weddings all the time, so it’s easy for them. And your guests can also stay onsite which makes it super convenient.
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But, the biggest downside of a resort wedding (no matter where you’re having it) is lack of customization.
Resorts do their weddings in the same places, in the same way, all the time. And they have packages you choose from whether that be for your meal or your vendors. This can make it easy for your decision making, but hard if you want to personalize your wedding.
So, if you don’t want your resort wedding to be like every other wedding (and I know you don’t!), how do you personalize it?
There is one foolproof way to personalize your resort wedding….
Look outside their packages.
Here’s what I mean, every resort will have packages of some sort. Some will include everything from your officiant to your flowers. Others will just include the meal and drinks. And then there are ones in-between that include some things, but not others.
The purpose of packages is to make it both easy on you and them. It’s one stop shopping, all priced out and makes for fast decision making. But, it’s because of these packages that result in resort weddings looking and being the same ALL the time.
So, to ensure your resort wedding is personalized, look outside the packages. And this relates to everything they offer you.
So, for your food and drinks, instead of just going off the menus they give you, ask about other things they can do. If you have certain flavors or dishes you’d like to include, see if they can do that instead. If there’s something from the restaurant menu you really like, see if that would be possible.
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Regarding locations at the resort, do a tour and see if there are other spots you’d prefer. Maybe there’s a location they’ve not done a wedding at, but feasibly could. Or perhaps you want to use a space a little differently or set it up differently than they normally do.
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With regards to vendors, unless you’re forced to use particular ones, you can explore other options. There are always other vendors you can use either in the location or in a separate location. Or you can talk to those vendors and see what else they can do besides the package items. Have them create something custom for you.
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Now I think it’s important to mention that you shouldn’t just pick something different to pick something different. You have to do what makes sense for you and your fiancé and that means understanding who you are and what is important to you.
But, the key thing to remember is that you don’t have to stick to the packages or the set way they do things. You can look outside of what they offer and discuss other options. And by doing so, you’ll create your personalized resort wedding instead of their standard one. Which will look and feel like you and the experience you want to create.
All of which means you can have your resort wedding and personalize it too!
Are you planning a destination wedding and you’re not quite sure how make it personalized and unique? We can help! Contact us here today.