Destination weddings are a popular choice for many couples. The idea of blending the ceremony with the honeymoon is very appealing, plus who wouldn’t want to exchange their vows on a beach or in some other exotic location. One of the most splendid locations for a romantic destination wedding is Italy. Whether you choose the classic beauty of Rome, the water canals of Venice, or the Renaissance glory of Florence, you’re sure to be captivated by everything the country has to offer.
Of course, if you do choose an Italian destination wedding, then you’ll want to make sure your invitations are appropriate for the occasion as well.
Destination Wedding Invitations
Before you start choosing your invitations, you should start making plans for your destination wedding. As you may already know, a regular wedding requires a great deal of planning but if you are having a wedding on the other side of the world then you are going to need a lot of careful, well-thought out planning.
You should begin by hiring a wedding planner, preferably one who is located in Italy near where you want the ceremony to be held. If you are working with a hotel, resort, or other facility, they may have a wedding planner with whom they normally work. Otherwise, your best bet is to use the Internet to locate and check out potential Italian wedding planners. Remember to look for a wedding planner with previous experience arranging this type of affair – it’s going to be different than working with a local couple.
Obviously, you won’t be able to have as much of a hands-on role in decision making. For example, you will not get to sample different cake flavors before making a selection for your wedding cake’s tiers. Instead, you’ll probably have to trust your wedding planner. If you can afford to make at least one or two trips to Italy before the wedding, that would be a wonderful way of having a more active role in the planning process.
Sending Out Invitations
As with any destination wedding, you’ll need to send out save the date cards well before the actual day of the wedding. When you do, be sure to send along detailed information about the costs of the trip, the accommodations available, and other details. If you are able to pay for any part of the trip, make this clear to your guests, particularly your wedding party.
For your wedding invitations, choose something lavish. You probably won’t be sending out hundreds of invitations – most destination weddings have much smaller guest lists than other weddings do. If you can find invitations with images of Italy, for example, this would be a wonderful choice. You could also take a photograph of the location for your wedding and have that added as the image of your invitations to make a truly unique card.