A Bride’s Best Friend: The Destination Wedding Checklist

Last updated on February 14th, 2024 at 12:23 pm

A Bride’s Best Friend: The Destination Wedding Checklist

If you’re planning to have one of the 340,000 destination weddings that will take place this year, you’re making the right choice. There’s a reason that 25% of couples opt to make their wedding a vacation- it creates a magical ambiance that nowhere at home could replicate.

Still, planning a destination wedding is matrimonial prep in hard mode. Luckily, there are some ways that you can make it easier on yourself. Read on for a simple destination wedding checklist that will make it a breeze.

Choose a Romantic Destination

The first step toward planning the perfect destination wedding is to choose a romantic venue. While there are lots of awesome places you can go to, not all of them have the romantic glow that you’re looking for in a wedding location. Tropical venues are generally your best bet since beaches (and walking along with them) are inherently romantic.

Hawaii is expensive and crowded. Its beaches are also not as beautiful as Costa Rica’s. Costa Rica offers more natural beach aesthetics because it has fewer tourists, making it an amazing wedding destination.

However, that’s only one of the many reasons that planning a destination wedding Costa Rica style is the way to go. Costa Rica is also filled with beautiful and interesting wildlife that you won’t see anywhere else. This is your chance to see gorgeous tropical butterflies and adorable howler monkeys.

Costa Rican towns are also quaint and beautiful, and the right wedding venue will make them easily accessible to the bride and groom as well as their wedding parties. Zip lining, rainforest hikes, and mountain trails are also awesome reasons to go to this gorgeous Central American location.

Book the Right Venue

In order to make the most of your Costa Rican wedding, you’re going to need to book a venue that puts your needs first. An oceanside villa is the way to go for those who want private access to the beach. Our villa is connected to the beach with an exclusive trail that spans less than a mile, making it perfect for a romantic sunset walk.

Another great reason to choose our Costa Rica villa is that we offer a ton of different luxury services. Since you rent out the full house for exclusive use, you won’t need to worry about wait times for our massage-and-facial equipped spa or our lobby beverage bar.

You also won’t ever need to leave the romantic ambiance behind. Our rooms offer amazing beachside views while patio dining lets you smell the ocean breeze. Plus, since you’ll have access to a concierge that can help you find attractions in town, your guests will never be bored before your ceremony.

Send Out Personalized Invitations Early

Once you book an awesome venue, the next step on your destination wedding planning checklist should be to invite your loved ones. Be mindful to invite the right people. Since everyone will need to travel, an exclusive guest list with your family and closest friends might be the best way to go.

Get invitations with images of Costa Rica’s beautiful beaches and rainforests. Sending these out will get people in the mood to travel to Central America for your big event. Make sure to personalize the invitations so that they can serve as unique and memorable keepsakes.

Invitations to a destination wedding need to be sent out fairly early in the planning process. People will need to save up money, schedule time off work, and buy their own plane tickets. Giving them a few months (or more) to do this is essential.

Get Your Plane Tickets in Advance

Speaking of doing things ahead of time, you’ll want to buy a plane ticket immediately after signing up for the best beach house rentals Costa Rica has to offer. You won’t be changing your dates after the booking, so you might as well get all of the logistics over with now.

This will ensure that you get optimal travel times to your destination. You want a good plane seat and a time that won’t land you with too much jet lag. This will help you experience Costa Rica to the fullest.

Find Food and Drinks for Your Reception

Finding food and drinks for your wedding reception is also an important step in the wedding planning process. Luckily, our Costa Rica beachfront villa makes this simple.

Vista Hermosa Estate is an exceptional wedding venue in Manuel Antonio, known for its breathtaking beauty. Our central location allows for convenient access to the finest local markets, ensuring the delivery of the freshest food and beverages to our villa. Additionally, we are within walking distance of numerous dining options in Manuel Antonio, perfect for pre-wedding meals. However, our dedicated wedding planners are delighted to assist you in creating a luxurious dining experience for you and your guests during the reception.

We have an on-site gourmet chef who makes fresh custom meals. You will be billed for these meals at the end of your stay, but the convenience and quality of the food offered more than makes up for it. Additionally, if you would like a specific beverage, whether that be alcoholic or non-alcoholic, reach out to our concierge to make sure that everyone has an amazing time.

Arrive Early, Stay Late, and Explore the Location

Costa Rica is one of the best vacation destinations on the globe, so you won’t want to miss out on anything. It’s important to book the villa for a few days before the wedding as well as on your wedding day. This gives you and your guests a place to stay while you explore the area.

You also can get an early jump on your honeymoon when you stay with us. Costa Rica is a romantic place to say your vows, but it’s an even better location to relax once the ring is on your finger.

Beyond Your Basic Destination Wedding Checklist

While planning a destination wedding can be a huge challenge, it’s rewarding when you get to experience the romantic magic of Costa Rica’s beaches and walking trails. Now that you have a destination wedding checklist to make the planning stages easier, it’s time to get started.

Our team is here to help you select the right wedding package and book the villa for your exclusive use. That’s why we’re excited to discuss your exact wedding vision and help you plan. Contact us with any remaining questions that you have about our Costa Rica villa before booking it as a wedding venue.


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