Planning for your Saint Simons Island or Jekyll Island Wedding can be a lot of work if you are not in or from the Golden Isles. There are some things to consider and places you should start before you begin. Let’s start there, first:
- Have your date or at least month in mind. (If you’re open to Friday or Saturday weddings, be sure to make that known!)
- Have a rough estimate of how many guests you think will be in attendance. This will affect which venues are available to you and your catering quotes.
- Be sure to have contenders for your top three first to book categories in mind– Wedding Venue, Wedding Photographer and Wedding Planner (even if you only need wedding coordination).
You may make one or two trips to the area if you are not from here. Depending on how much you have done with your long distance wedding planning, here are 8 must do’s on your wedding planning trips to the Golden Isles:
Walkthrough Your Venue
Be sure to walkthrough your venue(s) and outline all of your contingency plans. Some Plan B’s may require using an alternative location at your venue or securing a tent. You will need to do this as soon as possible to avoid losing out on availability.
This would also be the perfect time to do your hair and makeup trial with your favorite stylists. Be sure to set enough time aside so that you can discuss your ideas for the looks you would like to have that day.
If you’re already made up from your hair and makeup trial for your wedding, taking your engagement photos would be ideal. If you have many guests who will be traveling to Jekyll Island or Saint Simons Island for your destination wedding, showing off some of your favorite places for your wedding website or save the dates are a great idea.
Taste All the Things
You definitely want to make sure that you have tasted your menu– from everything to the hors d’ouevres at your cocktail hour to your wedding reception’s dinner and wedding cake. Expect some changes to be made, but thoroughly enjoy all the goodies coming your way!
Pick the Best Hotels For Your Guests
We always recommend that you find at least three hotels in different price points in the vicinity of your wedding reception (not wedding ceremony!). Finding hotels that are close to your wedding reception makes it easier for your guests to return after the festivities have ended.
Sample Your Favorites
Destination weddings in Saint Simons Island and Jekyll Island are so much fun for wedding guests! Be sure to share your favorite things to do in the Golden Isles. Check out your favorite restaurants, boutiques and activities. Your guests will trust your judgment when considering what to do for your wedding weekend.
With our very own luxury wedding dress salon on Saint Simons Island, you can practically complete all of your wedding planning on your trip. Buying your wedding dress from a local bridal shop means that you can do your fittings on your planning trips and do not have to worry about traveling with your dress for the big day!
Visit The White Lounge
Stop in at The White Lounge to start or recap your planning! Meet with potential vendors for your wedding, plan out your design or review your wedding planning details. Not only is it free, but also fun and a great way to make sure all of your i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed. Set up an appointment today!