7 Ways to Make Your Destination Wedding Unforgettable

Uncategorized

July 1, 2024

about
book your wedding
picasso, the million dollar napkin and live painting
follow @COURTNEYKIBBYDESIGNS
I create timeless heirloom paintings for couples looking for an original and intentional way to capture their wedding day, and I do it live.

Art
Learn
Weddings
Lifestyle
more categories
i'M COURTNEY KIBBY

Are you dreaming of saying “I do” with the ocean breeze in your hair, the sun setting behind you, and your closest friends and family gathered in an exotic locale?

Destination weddings are the epitome of romance and adventure, offering a unique blend of intimacy and excitement that makes your big day truly special.

But planning such a spectacular event comes with its own set of challenges and opportunities. So, let’s dive into some fabulous, unique wedding ideas so that your destination wedding is unforgettable!

Guests enjoy the destination wedding at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe in San Diego, California
PHOTO BY GARRETT RICHARDSON

Choose a Unique Venue or Location for your Destination Wedding

Your venue sets the stage for your entire wedding, so why not choose a location that’s as extraordinary as your love story? Think outside the box: a historic castle in Scotland, a serene beach resort in Bali, a rustic vineyard in Napa Valley, or even a magical garden in Kyoto.

I recently attended a wedding at an ancient castle in Ireland. The stone walls, lush gardens, and rich history added a fairytale charm to the entire celebration. It was like stepping into a storybook! Remember, the right venue can make your destination wedding feel like a dream come true.

OR TAKE A LOOK AT THIS WEDDING AT VILLA DE ESTE IN LAKE COMO, ITALY…

Incorporate Immersive Cultural Activities

One of the best parts about a destination wedding is immersing yourself and your guests in the local culture. Incorporate traditional dances, local cuisine, and cultural rituals to give your wedding an authentic touch.

For instance, a couple who married in Mexico included a vibrant mariachi band and a tequila tasting session as part of their celebration. Their guests loved the cultural immersion and still talk about the incredible experience. Plus, it’s a great way to honor and respect the local traditions!

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE PICASSO…

Hand Painted Champagne bottles for guests at destination wedding
PHOTO BY MEG ROSE PHOTOGRAPHY

Provide Personalized Wedding Favors

Say goodbye to generic wedding favors and hello to personalized, destination-themed keepsakes! Think locally crafted souvenirs, personalized keepsakes, delicious regional treats, or even, dare I say it, LIVE WATERCOLOR GUEST PORTRAITS?!. Who doesn’t want a work of art they’ll frame and hang in their home FOREVER?!

At a wedding in Greece, the couple gifted their guests with beautiful hand-painted ceramic tiles and jars of local honey (how fun!). These thoughtful gifts were not only unique but also carried a piece of the destination home with the guests. Personalized favors, such as watercolor guest portraits, show your guests how much you appreciate them traveling to celebrate with you.

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE THIS SAN DIEGO WEDDING…

Watercolor wedding favors, personalize your destination wedding
PHOTO BY CHOYCE JANEIL

Organize Memorable Entertainment or Experiences

Elevate your wedding festivities with unforgettable entertainment and unique experiences. How about a fireworks display to end the night with a bang? Or a live band featuring local artists to get everyone dancing?

For the more adventurous, consider organizing a pre-wedding excursion like a boat tour, hiking trip, or a cooking class. If we’re hiking, count me in!

Like Carly’s wedding in Capri, Italy, where the couple created a completely custom CAFE — it had pizza, gelato, all the gingham a girl could want, custom plates and more, and let’s call a spade a spade — Diane Sorenson knocked it out of the park…

The evening was filled with traditional music, local dancers and musicians in vibrant costumes, and a great time for guests to enjoy. It was an enchanting experience that left everyone in awe and showcased the rich culture and spirit of Capri.

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE THIS AMALFI COAST WEDDING…

Unique destination wedding ideas

Plan a Welcome Event or Farewell Brunch

I have to say, if you’re planning a destination wedding, having a welcome event and a farewell brunch are basically a MUST DO. What a beautiful and special way to show your guests how much you appreciate them coming to your wedding.

It’s also so much fun to extend the celebration beyond the wedding day by hosting additional events like a welcome cocktail party, a casual beach day, a farewell pool party (or tennis/pickleball party? I’m looking at you Auberge Domaine Des Etangs), or a farewell brunch. These gatherings provide more opportunities for your guests to connect, relax, and soak in the destination.

A dear friend had a welcome dinner at a beachfront restaurant in Thailand, where everyone enjoyed local seafood and watched the sunset. It was the perfect way to kick off the wedding festivities and made everyone feel more connected and excited for the big day.

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE THIS PRIVATE ESTATE WEDDING…

PHOTO BY HOLLY FELTS

Incorporate Live Wedding Painting or Live Watercolor Guest Portraits by a Professional Artist

Let’s be real — this one’s my personal favorite, and I can imagine it’ll be yours too.

A talented artist captures every magical moment with brushstrokes of watercolor. Live wedding painting isn’t just a trend; it’s a beautiful way to create a timeless piece of art that encapsulates the feelings of your day.

And guess what?

Your guests get to witness the creation process, turning it into a delightful form of entertainment.

Imagne having a live painter at your vineyard wedding in Tuscany. Now, not only do you have a stunning piece of art (that actually looks like ART), you also have guests that rave about your wedding.

Your wedding day now lives *rent free* in their minds FOREVER because you gave them this amazing experience.

Like I said before, watercolor guest portraits are another fabulous idea for wedding favors your guests will actually want to keep—your guests will adore taking home a personalized memento from your special day. “I CAN’T WAIT TO FRAME THIS! IS THIS REAL LIFE?!” <<comments actually heard from guests at weddings.

Trust me, these keepsakes will be cherished forever.

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE THESE LAKE COMO WEDDING VENUES…

And hopefully, you’re next.

And there you have it—seven fabulous, unique wedding ideas to make your destination wedding truly unforgettable! Personal touches, unique experiences, and a bit of creativity can turn your wedding into a once-in-a-lifetime celebration that you and your guests will cherish forever.

Photo by Lauren Beauregard Photography (www.laurenbeauregardphotography.com)

Remember, this is your moment to dream big and create a wedding that reflects your love story in the most beautiful way possible. So, go ahead and let your imagination run wild. Your dream destination wedding awaits!

Ready to make your destination wedding unforgettable? Let’s stay connected!

Join me over on Instagram for daily inspiration, behind-the-scenes magic, and more unique wedding ideas. Follow me here!

📧 I sent really lovely emails to people I really like. Join my email list for exclusive tips, updates, and special offers delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up here!

🎨 Learn more about live painting and how it can add a personalized, artistic touch to your big day. Discover more here!

Looking forward to helping you create the wedding of your dreams!

Bringing your wedding day to life, thrilling your guests with a show-stopping live wedding painting experience, and creating a timeless keepsake that honors your sacred bond and will warm your heart every time you look at it – it’s what I do best.

Hey, I'm Courtney.

From behind the easel, I serve timeless brides who still embrace the unexpected by creating heirloom painting experiences that are immersive, one-of-a-kind, and thrilling to watch.

Comments +

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

YOUR WEDDING DESERVES TO BE REMEMBERED.

With a slightly abstract Impressionist live painting experience that captures the love and joy of your story, shows off the beauty of your wedding day, and helps everyone who enters your future home to feel your wedding day, you’ll finally have THE THING that makes your wedding day unforgettable.

And your guests? They'll talk about your wedding forever because of the experience you gave them.

PAINT MY WEDDING

Simply put? This is way more than just a wedding painting.