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Trip Sisters – Show Notes – 1/19/19 – Destination Weddings

Episode 32 – Destination Weddings

Special Guest

Heidi Radkiewicz – Veteran, Mom & Author of Honeymoon in Baghdad

Colleen & Catie’s Weddings

Colleen – Salzburg, Austria

Location: Salzburg, Austria

Accommodations: Schönbrunn Palace, Hotel Schloss Mönchstein

Food: Filet mignon

First Dance Song: Pachelbel’s Canon in D

Honeymoon: Salzburg, Austria

Wedding Tip: For a destination wedding, hire a coordinator

Catie – The Palmer House – Chicago

Location: The Palmer House

Accommodations: The Palmer House

Food: Steak and chicken

First Dance Song: Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley

Honeymoon: 3 days in San Francisco

Wedding Tip: Invest in a good photographer. Nobody remembers the favor you gave, or how many desserts were on the table. Your photos are memories you’ll have for your special day.

“What’s” with the “Trip Sisters”

What’s in Your Suitcase?

Bliss Ball Bath Bombs from Life Elements – Starting at $14, these bath bombs are perfect for soothing away the stresses before your special day, or even relaxing on your honeymoon!  They even offer anti-inflammatory benefits and are cruelty free and organic.

What’s on your phone?

BACtrack Mobile Smartphone Breathalyzer – $99 on Amazon or $21.99 for a keychain version.

This is a police-grade quality breathalyzer  connects with your smartphone to give you an accurate reading of your alcohol level before you drive.

What’s the tip?

Tips for How to Plan a Destination Wedding (from

  1. Choose a meaningful location – But also keep in mind that your destination must have all of the resources you need.
  2. Notify guests well in advance – This is one of the most important destination wedding tips. It’s important to give your nearest and dearest have plenty of time to calculate if they can afford the cost of traveling to your ceremony and reception
  3. Embrace the setting to save big – Slash your décor budget by incorporating local blooms and serve local specialties at the reception.
  4. Consider your guests – Try to put everyone in one reasonably affordable hotel. If price is an issue, find a less expensive spot 10 – 15 minutes away. Don’t set your date until you’re sure there’s room availability for everyone.
  5. Hire a pro – Make sure to find a planner or coordinator that specializes in destination weddings to avoid a language barrier or having to make executive decisions from miles away. If a planner isn’t in your budget, look for a resort with an on-site coordinator.
  6. Visit in advance – Ideally, you’d see your venue once before booking and again three to four months before the wedding to finalize details. If a second trip’s not possible, arrive at least five days early to make those decisions and do a hair and makeup trial.
  7. Pick your vendors in person – In advance of your first site visit, set up meetings with the better-known florists and rental companies in your destination. But also ask for referrals from your venue on the ground; you might uncover local talent you didn’t know about.
  8. Budget for vendors – If you decide to bring specialists from home, expect to cover their travel and lodging costs; a clean, safe hotel within 30 minutes of your venue is a must. Negotiate these expenses up front so things don’t get out of control.
  9. Stuff that suitcase – Shipping overseas is risky and expensive, so I always pack as much as possible into checked luggage.
  10. Tailor your wedding dress to the destination – Breathable fabrics work best in hot, humid locations.