Destination San Diego!

Where do you begin when you decide to plan not just a wedding, but a DESTINATION WEDDING? A wedding which involves travel, overnight accommodations, rental cars,  traveling guests, itineraries and luggage! You start right here...in "America's Finest City"; San Diego, the 10th most popular wedding city in the WORLD for good reason.

Guest Editor Lisa Lippe of Details Defined offers some great destination wedding advice:

Before you begin the exciting undertaking of planning a Destination Wedding, ask yourself a few starter questions:

Who do we really want to share our wedding/vacation with?
This will help you determine just how far or remotely you want to travel and how many guest your venue will need to accommodate. Picture your brother’s 3 unruly kids on an 11 hour flight on the way to your week at a resort, and your remote island destination wedding plans may change a bit. San Diego is close, actually quite reasonable compared to the rest of Southern California or San Francisco [our wedding resources are half LA and Orange County!] easy to get to sand navigate and is chock a block with amazing [vacation!] things to do for the whole family.

What time of year do we want to be married? 
Do you envision a classical Christmas wedding or mid-summer with the sun warming your day, your toes covered in sand? San Diego has it all! Also important to consider are the weather patterns of your selected destination.  San Diego is as moderate as it gets with only the occasional Santa Ana weather pattern of warm desert winds.

Where do our hearts lead us?
Above all, pick a place that is meaningful to you and your fiancé to share with your friends and family. One of the best things about a destination wedding is the amount
of quality time you get to spend with those you care about, all in a beautiful and special place you enjoy.

With the answer to these questions you are ready to talk to a wedding planner who can begin presenting you with suitable locations, travel, accommodations, trusted vendors. Starting with a wedding planner is proactive and wise. Hire a planner who is willing to be onsite for your event. On to the key elements in destination wedding planning…

TO RECON OR NOT TO RECON
Depending on your comfort level of selecting a place sight unseen, most planning can be done remotely with your planner. But if you have the time and budget, visiting your chosen wedding destination-even for a couple of business days- to accomplish the foundation of your event like securing the ideal spot, meeting key vendors (maybe the person who will perform the ceremony) trying out a hair stylist, tasting the menu, will be a huge plus in your planning. Be sure to create [or have your planner do it] advance appointments for as many details as possible. Hire a planner who will be available to do this advance trip with you. Back at home, selecting invitations, music and working out the details
can all be done from your computer and cell phone with the help of a qualified wedding planning expert.

LET YOUR PLANNER DO THEIR JOB
The easiest way to plan a destination wedding is to simply push speed dial and connect to your planner and allow them to handle all the details for you! That’s what they’re there for and they love what they do! A wedding planner is your ticket to confidence and calm. An experienced wedding planner always knows more possible scenarios based
on their past experiences and therefore will know how to direct meetings and walk-throughs, and will know exactly what questions to ask.

Remember: You don't know what you don't know. An experienced and knowledgeable wedding planner will know how to gracefully hold and keep the entire team accountable for their contracted services including the upgrades or modifications agreed on post contract. And getting the incredible destination wedding you wanted, where you wanted it, with a great time had by all is always a good deal – and who doesn’t want to go there?