how to prepare guests for your destination wedding according to my friend beth

Posted by susan on June 8th, 2010. Filed under: getaways.

At the one month mark of their destination wedding in Mexico, Beth and her future husband Bobby sent us travelers an email that was impressively well thought out. On top of hotel and flight information, baggage specifications, a passport reminder (and links to where you can renew if necessary) and a very specific explanation of the wedding attire, they supplied us with a list of reminders and suggestions that I had to share.

If you can’t tell, I’m still locked in wedding mode. Here’s a sneak peak…

Travel Reminders and Suggestions:
  • Bring lots of sunscreen and plan to apply frequently.
  • Bring a hat as the sun can burn the top of your head
  • There is no dress code at the buffet restaurants, however the A La Carte restaurants dress code is semi-formal (No Shorts, No Beachwear and No sandals), so guys should bring some long pants and closed shoes.
  • There is no need to exchange currency or bring lots of cash. Everyone takes US dollars, Travelers Checks, or Credit/Debit Card.
  • While tips are included in the All-inclusive package, we definitely recommend bringing some small bills for tips. The staff at the resort is amazing, and a little tipping goes a very long way!!
  • Call your cell phone provider to find out their rates on roaming in Mexico, because trying to use the calling cards or update your roaming is very difficult if you do not speak fluent Spanish.
  • There is no need to bring electrical converters as the outlets are the same as the US.
  • Make your own first-aid kit. Band-aids, rubbing alcohol, cotton balls, triple antibiotic ointment, benadryl pills, Imodium, antacid, aspirin, after-burn lotion, etc.
  • If you’re planning on buying a lot of souvenirs, pack a collapsible duffle bag in your luggage so you can bring them home easily.
  • Snorkeling right out front of the hotel is really good, as there is a nice reef there. If you’d like, stop by Target or other store and pick up an inexpensive snorkel kit and underwater disposable camera.

While my wedding will not take place at a far off destination, many of our guests will be traveling, and some of them will be visiting Boston for the very first time. So, I have been trying to think of creative ways to prepare them for the entire weekend. On top of setting up Bing Travel alerts for the cities where my guests are from, I have started with collecting information on the locations from my architectural tour of Boston for the many architects coming. I have also created a new page on my wedding website to host links, addresses and maps of major locations. But I’m also trying to think bigger.

Do you have any other creative ideas on how to prepare guests traveling to a wedding?

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