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Destination Wedding – Unexpected America Edition

When you say “Destination Wedding”, most think of a windy wedding at a tropical island resort in the Caribbean (and are jealous they’re not there right now). But if you’re wanting to do something a bit different, but still want have an island-feel get away for your wedding, there is hope!

 

We have destinations right here in the U.S.A. that are easy to get to (no passport required!) and have unexpectedly beautiful venues with tropical touches. Here are some of our favorite venues in America’s unexepected destination locations!

Fort Myers, FL

Heitman House

 

This venue gives you that backyard wedding feel, with a few outstanding bonuses: A ceremony location with water views; The cutest pale yellow historic house; A green lawn so large all your friends and family can fit! We could easily feel right at home at the Heitman House.

Photography by COMPLETE Weddings + Events Ft. Myers.

 

St. Augustine, FL

Palencia Golf Club

 

Have we landed in an old world Mediterranean oasis? Nope! We are just in the oldest city in America known for its Spanish architecture (clearly reflected at this venue.)

Photography by COMPLETE Weddings + Events Jacksonville

 

Charleston, SC

Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina

When the “Friendliest City in the Nation” has a waterfront resort with every amenity imaginable, we think it makes for an amazing destination spot for the happiest day of your life.

Photography by COMPLETE Weddings + Events Charleston

 

Sunny Isles Beach, FL

Newport Beachside Hotel and Resort

 

If you’re all about the beach, how about walking down a sandy aisle to breathtaking ocean views? Head south to Sunny Isles Beach located between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, FL to find this extraordinary oceanfront resort.

Photography by COMPLETE Weddings + Events Fort Lauderdale

 

Santa Barbara, CA

Villa Verano

In the mountains of Santa Barbara sits a Mediterranean Villa you’ll love exploring with your loved one. Think sunken gardens, exotic plants, plus Pacific Ocean views. This venue has one fine collection of nature, and we absolutely love it!

Photography by COMPLETE Weddings + Events Santa Barbara

 

Orlando, FL

Rosen Shingle Creek

 

With an international airport near by, Rosen Shingle Creek is easy to get to and can house all of your wedding guests! The Spanish-inspired atmosphere is perfect for accomplishing a wedding getaway that’s not too far away.

Photography by COMPLETE Weddings + Events Orlando

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Waking up to your Wedding Day

We all have our typical #GettingReady routine, but on your wedding day, it might be difficult to execute your morning ritual. Someone else might be doing your hair or makeup, you may be staying at a hotel and your childhood home, and you most likely will just be greeted/photographed/questioned 45 times while you’re trying to get ready. #Distractions

 

Set your intention for the beautiful day! Think through your morning agenda ahead of time, and have someone you trust help you with making a schedule. This could be a parent, member of the wedding party, host couple, or personal attendant. Ideally, if they’re available on the day-of, have them share the schedule with your wedding party and keep time on the morning activities. You can then ignore clocks and avoid rushing, but also not be late. Brilliant.

 

Alarm Clock

Work with your photographer to decide how much time you’ll need for wedding pictures before your ceremony. Then, think backwards from there planning for a first look, putting your wedding dress or suit on, and ultimately what time you need to wake up to be ready for it all! Can someone say coffee ASAP?!

 

Breakfast

Some say it’s the most important meal of the day. We just say it’s not a good idea to skip it on your wedding day. Schedule someone to deliver you a filling protein shake, egg white sandwich or spinach omelet!

 

Sleeping Accomodations

Where will you sleeping the night before and the night of your wedding? If you’ll need to pack a bag, be sure to figure out who can check in and deliver your things to your hotel room or suite. Make sure those room access keys get back to you or your partner as well!

 

TAXI!

Navigate through the logistics of every location you’ll be at. From the rehearsal dinner, to your hair appointment, to your photo op destinations, how are you handling transportation? It might be best to just leave your car at home or the hotel so you have it in the morning. In case of emergency: Taxi, Uber, Lyft or Best Man! 🙂

 

Staying focused on enjoying time with those around you that morning will result in more memorable moments. Let conversation keep your mind at ease or your favorite song might help you shake off any jitters. Incorporate things that you know you’ll enjoy during the morning of your wedding (think music, meditation or a certain meal) to make it that much more special. Getting ready is half the fun, so make it count!

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