At a destination wedding, the star of the show isn’t just the bride and the groom because the location itself will simply make the wedding day extra special. As the couple shares their beloved destination on their wedding day to their dearest family and friends, highlighting the location’s own local flair is key.
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Integrating the local culture into a short wedding weekend flows from the smallest of details into the larger elements of the wedding. Through these components, the bride and groom get to share their personal connection with the chosen destination and the guests get to see the place from the couple’s point of view. Make the guests’ trip to the specific country or city a little bit richer and doubly unforgettable by giving them a taste of the local culture.
The challenge is that in a short span of days, with a big wedding day included, the guests should be able to have a special sneak peek of what the locality is all about. Wondering how to pull it all off? Here are our top tips when it comes to injecting the local culture into your very own destination wedding:
It’s all in the details.
Without having to sacrifice your own wedding theme, sprinkle the local details all throughout the day – be it in the locally-sourced blooms at the ceremony, the photo booth props at the reception venue, and even in the cosmetics baskets filled with handmade toiletries at the venue restrooms. You get to save when you support local business and your guests get to try something new as well. The smallest touches might just be the most important ones, as the guests get to feel your thoughtfulness and your hospitality.
Make it a local feast.
Feature the local produce when it comes to the menu for the reception, highlight the regional specialty and what’s in season. Allow the local caterers to display the special ingredient or the main produce that they take pride in so guests can appreciate it up close. If the town is more known for its sweets rather than the savory, swap the traditional white wedding cake for a dessert buffet table featuring the season’s best produce or the town’s famous sweets.
Map the neighborhood.
Give your own personal recommendations when it comes to the nearby places to visit during the guests’ downtime. Make your very own map of the sites to see and don’t forget to include a little bit of everything for everyone, like museums for the art lovers, local clubs for the younger crowds, and even weekend ‘farmers’ market for the foodies. Mark down the must-try dishes in popular hubs and the must-see landmarks that are nearby as well.
Bring home the love.
Let the wedding guests take a slice of the love back home as they travel back to their respective cities and countries. Wedding favors could be handy souvenir items symbolic of the town. For practical giveaways, edible gift baskets can be wrapped in small, travel-friendly boxes for the guests to take home. Be it preserved jams, packed delicacies, or tiny bottles of locally brewed spirits, these little treats will remind the guests of the beautiful location, the wonderful wedding day, and the fantastic memories that are sure to be cherished for a lifetime.