Northwest Georgia Destination Wedding Tips

Destination wedding for Northwest GA couples

Need some Northwest Georgia destination wedding tips? Northwest Georgia offers countless beautiful spots for a destination wedding! The Blue Ridge mountains offer opportunities for a lot of outdoor recreation, from hiking to biking, where you can view wildlife and canoe or boat in one of the great lakes of Georgia. If you decide on a Northwest Georgia wedding, you and your guests can visit Rock City in nearby Chattanooga, TN; explore the Chattahoochee National Forest; Chickamauga battlefield; the ancient Indian city of Etowah; Lake Allatoona in Cartersville, GA; Lookout Mountain; or Red Top Mountain State Park to name a few great spots.

Perhaps you were thinking of a more tropical or setting with your feet buried in the warm sands of Cozumel as you say “I do” …or perhaps Aspen, Colorado, with the towering Rockies as a backdrop for your nuptials. Unless money is not an object to you or your future in-laws, there are many things to take into consideration. A destination wedding can be extremely doable if you don’t mind keeping your guest list fairly small and intimate and you do plenty of planning and research.

How difficult is it to plan a destination wedding?

A destination wedding can actually be much easier to plan as hotel and resort options are usually limited and you can pick from a variety of packages. Destination weddings can also be ideal for couples with family and friends from all over.  Contacting a resort as soon as you decide where you want to tie the knot is a good idea as they can put you in touch with their consultant if you don’t already have your own. They will tell you about their packages that often include transportation, ceremony and reception venues, discounts for groups, set up, flowers, music, and even the marriage license. When everything is included in a destination wedding package, you may even find that this option is less expensive. And you are basically already on your honeymoon!

What should we look for in a destination?

When choosing a destination, a couple should determine what they enjoy; perhaps trying something new; but also considering whether it is practical for family and friends (unless you are eloping!). An all-inclusive resort at your dream destination is your best bet for the convenience and giving your guests the opportunity to enjoy their stay without having to pay for too many extras.

Destination wedding etiquette….who pays for what?

Generally the bride and groom, or their parents, pay for all of the wedding events, such as dinner the night before; the ceremony and reception, and then breakfast or brunch on Sunday morning if you have planned a three day event. These events may be rolled into a package, so be sure to check with the hotel or resort. The bride and groom should without a doubt foot the bill for an open bar at these events. The wedding party and guests are responsible for their own travel and accommodations, although picking up the tabs for close family members or the wedding party is not unusually, but not expected either. Be sure to inquire about group discounts on airfare and rooms.

The legalities…

As soon as you figure out where you are going to say “I do,” (hopefully at least six months out), start your research by making a call to a wedding consultant either at the resort or choose your own. When it comes to the license and required documents, we suggest you do research on your own, making calls to state offices or local consulates to find out exactly what you need. Keep copies of any contracts you have with vendors and consider travel insurance, which can cover cancellations, baggage loss, and medical care. Decide who your officiant is going to be and if they are legally allowed to perform a ceremony at your destination.

Additional Northwest Georgia destination wedding tips:

  • Send your guests save-the-dates with suggestions on what they will need for the wedding and the destination (warm clothes, hiking shoes, etc.).
  • Consider leaving welcome baskets in each room to thank your guests for making the trip.
  • Don’t expect to many gifts. Your guests will be spending a substantial amount of money to attend the wedding, so make their presence your present. Also, it is very difficult to travel with gifts.
  • Don’t stress! The best part about a destination wedding is that everyone is on a vacation, so don’t fret about the little things. Enjoy your time with your new spouse. After all, that is really what it’s all about!

Check out some wedding ceremony and reception venues in Northwest GA.