Monday Morning Inspiration: Make the Most of Your Destination

One of the most wonderful things about a destination wedding is evoking a sense of place.

According to The Knot and the Wedding Channel’s 2012 Real Weddings Survey, nearly a quarter of weddings are “destination weddings,” or weddings that take place 100 miles or more away from the couple’s home. While we may tend to think of far-flung places as the ideal destination–a secluded beach in the tropics or an elegant chateau in France, the destination can be anywhere that is meaningful for the couple.

Earlier this year Michele shared her Top Tips for Planning a Modern Jewish or Interfaith Destination Wedding, and her tips are key to making a destination wedding successful. Over the last year some beautiful destination weddings have been featured on The Modern Jewish Wedding, and each of them carries through an important theme for the bride and groom–something that makes the wedding special in that place, whether it’s the local cuisine, a dramatic natural backdrop, or a sense of nostalgia for family celebrations past.

Make the Most of the Menu

Sara and BJ are both busy lawyers in the heart of Manhattan. They wanted to let their hair down, relax and dance the night away with their nearest and dearest for the big day. So they opted for a destination wedding in sunny Costa Rica. They chose Tamarindo and the picture perfect Hacienda Pinilla for the 120 guests. One of the wonderful things about their wedding was the wonderful menu of local foods that gave their guests a real taste of Costa Rica.

Photographer: A Brit & A Blonde

Weave the Theme Throughout

When Courtney and Mark visited her parents after they moved from Boston to Charleston and saw the big oak tree at the Magnolia Plantation they knew it was the place they wanted to marry! The venue quickly became the inspiration for their entire wedding.  Their beautiful ceremony took place under the inspirational oak tree, with the canopy of leaves serving as a natural chuppah.

Photographer: Richard Bell Photography


Keeping it in the Family

Aleah and Adam chose a Cape Cod wedding at the Sea Crest for its sentimental meaning to Aleah and her family, who spent summers and birthday celebrations there.  Aleah’s mother passed away from cancer in 2010, and her mother’s love of the ocean breeze and environment of Cape Cod influenced the couple’s destination choice. They did an amazing job of carrying the seaside theme through the details of their wedding, including the program with a message about Aleah’s mom.

Photographer: Shoreshotz1 Photography

Bringing the World Together

Samara and Jeremy live in Seattle, were engaged in Portugal and married in Hawaii.  They are a globe-trotting couple whose friends and family came to Hawaii from all over the world to celebrate with them. They brought the international theme to so many aspects of their day, from the map of the world featuring their guests and their hometowns to the place cards designed to look like antique airmail envelopes.

Photographer: Genesa Richards Photography/

Are you having a destination wedding in 2014? We’d love to hear how you’re incorporating a sense of place into your special day!

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