Let’s cut to the chase and answer the question posed in the title above. The answer is a resounding yes – yes, you can enjoy a destination wedding (and all of its associated activities and events) right on the grounds of a luxury villa. There are a few caveats to that, however, and we’ll consider them below.
To Destination or Not to Destination…
Destination weddings are still a popular way to enjoy a wedding day that is much more than a single day of fun and activity. For instance, most destination weddings involve fewer guests because they are designed to be more intimate and involve only the closest family and friends. Most involve several nights’ stay in a destination, and most include such activities as rehearsal events, the wedding day events, and a few days at either end in which there are formal meals or other casual gatherings.
Most destination weddings, according to Wedding Wire are “are held during the day. One of the main reasons couples choose a destination wedding location is because of its amazing scenery—and they want their guests to actually see and experience it!” This is not written in stone, but since most choose a beautiful spot, the daytime festivities make perfect sense. However, it is important to remember that you don’t want to find yourself calling it a day in the early evening hours of your wedding day.
That is one of the main reasons that a luxury villa makes the perfect choice for your wedding or other destination event. It is a spacious and opulent place where you can rise in your master suite, have all of the services you require brought to you, and then just head to the garden, beach or other area of the villa’s private grounds to start the day’s events. You can also host that breakfast for all of your guests the next day right on the premises, and even have a spa day a few days in advance, a bachelor or bachelorette event on the grounds, and more.
One thing you will want to ensure is that you have access to a wedding planner, concierge, and perhaps even an entire household staff. After all, what fun is it to host a destination wedding if you also worry about who is making meals, doing laundry, and tidying up the living areas?
Important Questions to Ask
If you speak with the experts at Brides Magazine, they will all agree that there are a handful of points to consider as you are beginning to make your destination wedding plans. They include:
Is the location meaningful?
It is lovely to plan a wedding in a gorgeous spot like the Caribbean or different parts of Europe, Asia or North America. However, your destination event is far more likely to be even more significant if you and your soon-to-be-spouse have a connection to it. Why not try out a few of those destinations before making the choice. There are lots of smaller luxury rentals in the best locations, and you can start to build memories while finding that ideal spot.
Will you be able to give adequate advance notice?
Heading to a destination wedding is something a lot of people want to do but find themselves unable to do simply because they did not get enough advance warning of the date. After all, there is airfare to book, holiday time to request at the office, and household things to organize. Be sure you give at least a few months’ time to your family and friends.
Are you embracing the destination?
As those experts at Brides said, you should embrace your setting, “by incorporating local blooms—think olive branches and grape leaves in Tuscany or exotic flowers and plants in the tropics—and serve local specialties at the reception, like conch fritters in the Bahamas or carnitas in Cabo.” Not only is this cost-effective, but it gives a taste of the setting.
Don’t forget that you can look for luxury villas that ensure you pair those taste experiences with the surroundings by offering you private chefs or catering services specifically designed for weddings.
Can you accommodate guests?
Did you know that there are many luxury villas with space for groups of ten or more? You might find a property with multiple villas on a single site or you can find a series of beachfront villas that can be combined to make a flawless event. As you plan a destination wedding, remember that your closest family and friends may want to be just that – close to you – for the big day, and what better way to achieve it than by having them stay right in the villa?
Are your garments a good match to the space?
A lot of people forget that a tropical location might be very warm and their long sleeves a bit too much. There are the opposite ends of the spectrum and that luxury destination wedding in the Alps may be too chilly for the lightweight materials. Brides may want to think about the weight of materials, the necklines or design of the gown, and more. (NOTE: When traveling with wedding clothing, it is best to carry it with you and never check it as you board the plane. There are many sad stories of gorgeous gowns and garments going astray and wedding plans ruined by that one single decision to check it).
If all of these hints and tips have gotten you thinking of a destination wedding, you’ll want to set the stage properly and begin by exploring your options in wedding villas. It may seem unlikely, but there are hundreds of large and luxurious properties just waiting to be chosen for your event. Whether you are thinking of a waterfront wedding in a private estate in Jamaica, or a similar option in Antigua, but there are also amazing properties in Europe, such as a collection of stone cottages on Corsica, or an expansive estate in Tuscany, or even renting the famous Necker Island that belongs to Richard Branson!
Start with the “where,” and then make your flawless plans for an unforgettable destination wedding in a luxurious villa.