By Megan Velez, DestinationWeddings.com
While tying the knot traditionally at your synagogue continues to be a popular choice for couples, more and more resort properties are catering to Jewish weddings. It’s time to ask yourself- what’s stopping you from having your ideal destination wedding? While it may take a bit of creativity and some strategic planning, you can easily turn your dream wedding into a reality – whether it’s on the shores of an exotic beach or tucked away into the mountainside.
There are a handful of traditions that are incorporated into a Jewish wedding, but have no fear – we’re here to tell you that there is a way to integrate them all from a distance!
Believe it or not, many hotels are prepared to construct a chuppah for your celebration! Speak with your destination wedding specialist or venue contact about including a chuppah for your ceremony. If you are still on the market for a floral designer, you may want to inquire about nearby florists who can help dress up the chuppah for a fresh, locally-inspired feel.
Selecting a rabbi will involve making the decision between finding one local to your destination and bringing your rabbi from home. Each has its pros and cons, so be sure to take them all into consideration before making a choice. If you decide to bring your rabbi from home, you’ll be responsible for budgeting for his accommodations, airfare, and living expenses for the few days he is there. However, having your family’s rabbi at your ceremony will bring a sense of familiarity and comfort that may just be worth all of the additional effort.
Jetting off to get hitched doesn’t mean you need to nix the gorgeous ketubah you’ve dreamed of having. If anything, why not incorporate a little flavor from your destination? Custom ketubot can be designed to suit any couple’s preferences and are also quite compact and transportable. The best way to safely transport your ketubah is rolled up in a sturdy mailing tube, which may even be the way you receive it. As soon as you reach your destination, take it out and put it in a safe place where it will flatten in time for the signing!
As Jewish destination weddings have grown in popularity, resorts are beginning to offer kosher-specific cuisine. Another option involves a bit of research, but there could possibly be a local kosher caterer if the hotel doesn’t offer such services. You’ll want to be sure to discuss any dietary needs with your hotel contact or caterer to ensure that the proper measures are taken for your wedding meal.
Don’t let logistics get in the way of your wedding dream come true! With some help from your destination wedding specialist and a bit of advice from family members, you are sure to have a experience to remember.
Megan Velez is the Vice President of Product at DestinationWeddings.com, the world’s leading destination wedding and romantic travel planning company. DestinationWeddings.com has worked with over 20,000 couples and half a million guests to plan dream destination weddings. For more information, visit DestinationWeddings.com.