How to Master a Destination Wedding

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It’s not unusual for couples to want to be wed in a far off dreamy location miles away from home. A huge celebration like this only happens once in a lifetime, right? Below you’ll find our top tips for pulling off a destination wedding of the ages. Keep reading to discover a new adventure for all to enjoy!


Photo | Kevin Lee Vu Photography

A Meaningful Location

Choose a location that is not only beautiful but will also accommodate your and your guests needs. Wayfarers Chapel is situated on the Palos Verdes Peninsula of the Southern California coast, with views of the ocean, beach bluffs and surrounding gardens. Organic architect Lloyd Wright, son of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, applied his touch to the chapel and helped to create the stunning redwood and glass structure that is a Los Angeles architectural landmark today. His other iconic landmark might sound familiar to you- The Hollywood Bowl. This hilltop oasis is perfect for any couple desiring a location with an art-deco feel in a natural environment.


Photo | Heather Kincaid

Live Stream

For guests who are unable to attend the ceremony, have them join in virtually through live stream video. Wayfarers Chapel offers a live stream feature in its wedding video package that can be viewed on all devices by your friends and family. It’s all taken care of, so you you won’t have to coordinate a thing!


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Save Big With Local Blooms

Help slash your destination wedding budget by incorporating local greenery and florals from the surrounding areas. Palos Verdes is known for eucalyptus leaves, mustard, poppies and a variety of wildflowers. Just be sure not to infringe on conservancy or reserve property, of course.


Photo | Marvin Tsai

Plan Ahead

Make sure to visit your destination wedding location in advance to finalize any details. Additionally, you may want to do a hair and makeup trial several days before the big day to adjust to any weather conditions you may not be used to.


Photo | Hannah Q Photography

Local Talent

When it comes to photographers and florists, use the venue’s curated list of vendors in the local area to take advantage of the striking setting. Odds are they know the grounds better than anyone else and can coordinate their best efforts with the familiarized staff.


Photo | Desiree Hartsock

Carry-On That Gown

Never check your wedding dress in case your luggage goes missing. Ensure its safety by brining it along with you in carry-on luggage, even if you have to fold it. Your gown can absolutely be pressed and steamed before the big day once you land in your destination!


There you have it! You can now pull of a destination wedding with ease. What tips are you planning to incorporate into your big day? Share them with us!