Preparing for a Destination Wedding (That you may or may not be involved in)

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I recently traveled to Washington State to help out with my best friend’s wedding, and I learned a few essential things about destination weddings that I wanted to pass on. It was a gorgeous wedding, with lovely people and amazing, DIY-Pinterest decorations. But before we could enjoy the couple hours of the actual wedding ceremony and reception, there were hours upon hours of prep work, a.k.a running around. Here are some things I learned about being prepared for a destination wedding that you won’t want to forget!


Pack More Than You Need

Flying into Seattle, driving to Richland, then Leavenworth, and back to Seattle, you need to make sure you have the proper clothing for the varying weather patterns of 3 cities. When you’re going somewhere you’ve never been before, it’s okay to be over packed so you can easily switch outfits or throw on a jacket. As I found out, you can’t always rely on Apple Weather. The weather was 10-15 degrees cooler at night in Leavenworth and I wasn’t quite clothing-equipped.



I noticed a few places that only accepted cash, so instead of looking aimlessly for an ATM and paying a fee, always have $20 bucks ready to go. We were able to pull off to the side of the rode and buy a handful of delicious Washington cherries. (Some places do have Square or credit card machines, but not all, and you don’t want to miss out on all the delicious fruits!)


Survival Kit

When traveling to different parts of the state or country, not everyone is going to react the same. So, make sure to have some of the essentials to keep the wedding party good-to-go at all times. My survival kit consisted of: Claritin, eye drops, Ibuprofen, Band-Aids, tissues, cleansing wipes, lotion and gum.


The Waiting Game

As many of us have experienced, delayed flights just happen. Make sure you have enough activities to keep you busy; reading a book or magazine; having a crossword or Sudoku on hand, and have your music ready to go; or catch up on your latest Netflix splurge.


OtterBox Resurgence

If you don’t have one, get one. Layovers, waiting for your ride at arrivals, traveling to new cities and making sure the bride has everything she needs — you’ll definitely want the extra battery life. Be ready to take notes or Google Maps directions to the next place, and of course, the occasional Selfie, Periscope, or Snapchat adventure.

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Keep these simple things in mind and you’ll be ready for weddings, no matter the destination!


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Lara Betthauser

Lara Betthauser

Colorado-loving native. Bursting passion for world exploration. Enjoying my search for marvelous food and drink in my new city Fort Collins (which has yet to disappoint). When I’m not working you can find me spending time with my family, especially my niece and nephew.

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