Do you dream of exchanging your wedding vows in paradise, gazing out over the tropical seas with soft white sand between your toes? Of course you do! Destination weddings are becoming increasingly popular, and the Asia Pacific region, with its perfect combination of idyllic scenery, accessible destinations and world-class facilities, is one of the most popular places to tie the knot.
But whether your chosen backdrop is a beach in Bali or the wetlands of Wuxi, weddings can be stressful occasions. Blending this anxiety with the logistics of long-haul travel could be considered a recipe for disaster. But in fact, this doesn’t have to be the case; if they are organised properly and professionally, destination weddings can even help to ease your pre-marital tension. Read our guide for tips on planning your destination wedding.
The advantages of a destination wedding
Generally more intimate than big white weddings back home, when you feel obliged to invite every distant relative and obscure colleague, destination weddings have a relaxed vibe. And with a team of personal planners on site at every Radisson Blu hotel in Asia Pacific, all the happy couple needs to do is chill out and prepare for the big day.
But – and this is the million dollar question – when preparing for your destination wedding, what do you take with you and what do you leave at home? See below for our essential list of packing dos and don’ts...
Packing tips for your destination wedding
DO dress light: If you’re planning an alfresco ceremony, especially a beachfront wedding, you don’t want a big wedding dress or stuffy tuxedo. Dress light – a cotton dress or linen suit will look elegant and stylish, and perfectly in keeping with the seafront surroundings.
DO carry all your important items: If you have a long flight with one or more transfers, there is always the small risk of your baggage being misplaced. Make sure you pack your essential items – including weddings rings and important documents – in your carry-on baggage.
DO stay cool: If you’re getting married in a tropical destination, such as Radisson Blu Resort Phu Quoc, you’ll want to stay cool and dry on your big day. Make sure you pack a handkerchief or a small handheld fan, and don’t forget the sunscreen!
DO pack practical accessories: No wedding outfit is complete without the perfect shoes and hat, but make sure the ones you choose are practical. High heels might be essential, but also remember to pack a pair of flip-flops or flat shoes, and choose a hat that will keep the sun off.
DON’T overdo the jewelry: Of course you want to look wonderful on your wedding day, but it’s not a good idea to pack lots of expensive jewellery. It’s unnecessary (you’ll look fantastic anyway) and the risk of losing it can create extra stress. All you really need are your rings.
DON’T forget the essentials: When you’re preparing for such a big occasion, it’s often easy to overlook the little things. Amid the pre-wedding whirl, don’t forget your sunscreen, shades, passports, mobile chargers, plug adaptors etc.
DON’T become a mobile hairdressing Salon: Carrying heavy electric hair straighteners or curling tongs can really make a dent in your baggage allowance. Find out what facilities are available at your hotel before you arrive. Many, including Radisson Blu Bali Uluwatu, feature professional beauty salons.
DON’T be afraid to be bright: You’ve already broken with tradition by choosing a destination wedding, so continue in the same spirit! Tropical destinations such as Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island suit bright colours, so be brave and wear eye-catching clothing and accessories.
Wherever you choose to host your destination wedding, make sure you check the full range of facilities offered at Radisson Blu’s hotels and resorts in Asia Pacific, and speak with the hotel’s wedding team. With our extensive amenities, professional support and “Yes I Can!” service ethos, Radisson Blu can take care of (almost) everything! From soothing pre-wedding spa experiences to spectacular seafront ceremonies, mouth-watering menus and glittering post-wedding parties, Radisson Blu’s professional planners will ensure that every part of your destination wedding runs seamlessly. All you have to do is pack!