Having a destination wedding involves a bit of preparation, and one thing couples sometimes forget is that guests really appreciate being kept in the loop regarding what they can expect at your wedding celebration. It’s important to remember that, particularly for older or younger guests, this may be the first destination wedding they’ve ever attended. If you’ve chosen a sightly unusual location, for example a mountain wedding, it’s even more important for your guests’ experiences to prepare them for the experience. Today Austrian-based wedding photographer Cat from Wild Connections Photography shares her advice on preparing guests for an alpine wedding. Cat has captured many mountain weddings, as well as having had a mountain wedding herself, and she both climbs and skis regularly, so when we came to write this feature, we contacted her for her expert advice!

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PLANNING AN ALPINE WEDDING

Chances are that if you have chosen to marry in the mountains, you’ve probably spent some time at higher altitudes. You’ve chosen your location to give your guests the same magical feeling you’ve experienced- that wonderful connection with the magnificence that surrounds you. But for your wedding guests, this may be the first time they have been to a place like this, and giving them an idea of what to expect will improve their experience and help ease any worries on the wedding day. I’ve put together an example of a mountain wedding survival guide which would be a great way to get your guests both prepared and excited for your wedding.

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MOUNTAIN SURVIVAL GUIDE: WEDDING GUEST TIPS

Here is an example of some tips you can hand out to guests: you could add them to your guests’ welcome packs, or better still, send them to guests before they leave home.

1. WEAR APPROPRIATE SHOES

We understand that you want to dress up for our wedding. We’ve picked out special outfits too! Our location will take your breath away, we promise. Whilst we are not expecting you to hike for three hours to get to there (we’ve arranged a cable car especially to transport you up), the footpaths to the venue are hiking trails and we want you to get there safely. Flat shoes or boots are really the best option.

2. BRING SUNSCREEN

Do you remember the time we posted pictures of ourselves with terrible panda eyes during a summer skiing trip on the glacier? At higher altitudes the sun is stronger but you don’t necessarily feel the heat, which means you burn much faster, often without realising until it’s too late. Put on a high factor sunscreen and bring a small one with you to top up with during the day. A small lip balm is also nice to keep your lips dry.

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3. HYDRATE

It’s a wedding. Of course we’re going to celebrate and have a few drinks. But at higher altitudes, alcohol has a stronger effect on the body, meaning you will feel the effects faster than you would normally. You’ll also dehydrate much faster, so drinking lots of water throughout the day is really going to make you feel better.

4. PREPARE FOR FOUR SEASONS IN ONE DAY

One of the reasons we love being in the mountains is the feeling of being completely surrounded by nature. And sometimes nature can be pretty powerful. It’s not impossible to experience some pretty extreme weather conditions, so it’s best to be prepared. We’ll try to keep everyone updated on the weather forecast before the wedding, but make sure you are prepared for wind, rain, sunshine and snow. Hopefully we won’t experience all four in one day, but it can happen. We’ll have a back-up plan in place for really bad weather, but a bit of rain isn’t going to stop us.

5. TAKE A DEEP BREATH & OPEN YOUR EYES!

We want you to have a great day with us and enjoy the location as much as we do. We find that sometimes the best way to experience and connect with a place, is to take a moment alone (or with someone you love) and just sit for a moment in silence and enjoy the magnificent world that we live in.

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All images: Wild Connections Photography

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