As the New Year starts, you might find a surprise in your email inbox – namely, a Save the Date for a summer wedding. As you peruse the email, you notice that this is no normal wedding. It’s a destination wedding.
How to Survive a Destination Wedding
Increasingly popular, the destination wedding is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it’s a fantastic opportunity to travel somewhere lovely, usually a warm southern destination with great swimming and delicious food. On the other hand, it can be a total pain.
Book too late, and you’ll be saddled with an expensive, inconvenient experience. Pack improperly, and you’ll be uncomfortable, encumbered, and ill-equipped to enjoy the wedding. Eat the wrong thing – especially if travelling to a foreign country a little more lax with food safety – and you might as well have paid to travel to the bathroom for a weekend.
How do you survive a destination wedding? How do you ensure that, rather than a miserable, uncomfortable, sick experience, you have an amazing getaway? Here’s how!
Book Your Flights Early
With the wedding dates set in stone, and your RSVP sent, there’s no reason to delay booking a flight. The longer you wait, the more expensive the flight can get. Book early, and cross-reference flight prices between different aggregator sites like Google Flights and Flighthub. Consult flight deal newsletters and Facebook groups to see if there are any cheap mistake fares.
Pack Light (and Pack for Comfort)
Your dress (or suit) is going to take up the bulk of your luggage space, so be smart and sparing with the rest of your wardrobe. Choose clothing that’s comfortable, clothing will stay fresh throughout your trip. Merino wool is pretty much always the best option for this kind of thing; it’s comfy, antimicrobial (i.e. it doesn’t make you stink!) and even warm merino wool clothing
Is breathable enough to feel cool in the beachside heat.
Don’t Forget Your Dancing Shoes
Just heels? Just boots? Don’t kid yourself – you’ll definitely be doing some dancing, so do yourself a favor and pack some comfy flats. There’s not much more to say there!
Don’t Book a Remote Hotel
Find out where the bride, groom and bridal party is staying and then book there. You don’t want to be removed from the action, lest you keel over from FOMO. Especially at destination weddings, there are usually lots of events surrounding the main event, and the closer you are to the action, the better you’ll feel.
Prepare for Food Sickness
The worst-case scenario for any destination wedding is a debilitating foodborne illness. It has the potential to ruin your entire trip. In advance of leaving, talk to your doctor about getting a drinkable vaccine – there is a number on the market, and they work well to stave off common causes of foodborne illness. It’s not an ironclad solution, though. If you really want to stay healthy, avoid any foods you’re unsure of – food that’s been sitting out, or prepared in an unsanitary manner.
When you’re trying to celebrate love and marriage, the last thing you want is discomfort and inconvenience. Plan early, pack light and prepare for the worst!