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5 Tips for Planning your Destination Wedding

With a new year often comes a new chapter in life. And if you are recently engaged, we express our sincere congratulations to the two of you! If you are thinking a destination wedding is in your future, we can help. We know that planning a weddings can be a daunting task all on its own, but a destination wedding can have some extra elements of complication. To help make your special day a dream come true, we’ve got 5 tips for planning your destination wedding.


  1. Familiarize Yourself With Where You are Going

Keep in mind that determining the location for your destination wedding is probably one of the most important decisions for your wedding. Make sure you do your homework ahead of time to really understand the place you plan to exchange your vows. Think about climate, culture, transportation and other logistics, lodging, amenities and services in the area. If you forget something, will you be able to run by a store to pick it up? What are the transportation options for you and your guests? What do you need to pack and bring with you vs. what items can you pick up after arriving? There is much to consider when choosing where you will be celebrating your wedding day. Pre-planning and preparing ahead of time can save you a lot of headache when you special day finally arrives.


  1. Book as Early as You Can

Once you have figured out the “where,” book early. Aside from some peace of mind and one less thing on your “to-do” list, booking your selected venue early will give you more opportunity for choices and variety. Have more options for dates, caterers, florists, wedding cake designers, musicians, photographers, etc. You get the point; the earlier you plan and book in the process, the less likely you are to be cornered with fewer choices your special day. Having the right experts on your team will make all the difference in the world and taking the time to make sure you have the right experts in your corner is invaluable. Get everything you need for your big day lined up early so you aren’t left scrambling to fill in some blanks as your big day approaches.


  1. The Details Are Imperative

After reserving your venue, the focus needs to shift to the details. Now is the time to know exactly what is included with your booking and what is available to you at your venue. Here’s where you should be asking tons of questions. Are there other services included with your reservation? Are there any special, pre-planned packages available to save headache and money? What accommodations are available for guests? Are there special rates available to guests? What is the parking situation for your guests? If you are handling many of the details yourself, what local services and resources can be recommended to you to help make your day perfect? Does the wedding you’re planning and the location fit together well?

At Arsenic and Old Lace Bed & Breakfast, our specialty is smaller, intimate weddings. We help you with as many of the details as you would like and are flexible in meeting your needs. We understand that our job is to make your wedding day full of happy memories. We have several different package options available and of course are always happy to tailor something especially for you. Planning your wedding with Arsenic and Old Lace will be stress-free.


  1. Arrive a Little Early

When possible, it is best for the happy couple to arrive a day or two before the big event. This allows you to acclimate to the new surroundings and pull together any last minute details. These couple of days can be used to handle any problems that arise before your guests begin arriving. You may even get to enjoy some down time to relax before the main event. When your guests begin arriving, you can enjoy your time with them instead of focusing on last minute details.


  1. Help Your Guests Plan

Let your guests know about area attractions or activities planned for your event so they can plan ahead of time. If traveling for your big day, many guests may want to make a vacation out of their trip. Let them know ahead of time what vacation opportunities are available outside of your wedding. If you are getting married here at the Arsenic and Old Lace, be sure to share our Vacation Guide with your guests. This will give them tons of information about planning their trip to Eureka Springs. Giving your guests a heads up on what to expect will be appreciated and make traveling for your special day even more enjoyable.