When you have a destination wedding, sometimes it’s hard to shake the feeling that you need to take care of everybody all of the time. After all, they’ve travelled all this way for you right? So you feel like it’s your job to make sure they are having a good time. Unfortunately this can add to the pressure of what can be already a stressful time. We spoke to Cat from Wild Connections, who shares what happened to her in the run up to her own destination wedding and the insight she gained from the events.

“On the night before our wedding I so desperately wanted to take care of the guests that had travelled thousands of miles to celebrate with us, that I organised a meet and greet at our apartment. I bought drinks and spent time cooking some food. But the relaxed evening with family and friends that I envisioned turned into an evening of playing hostess. I began to lose my nerve when it reached 9:30pm and nobody showed signs of leaving- I just wanted to clean up, have a bath and get a good night’s sleep. It put me in a really stressful headspace the night before the wedding, when all I wanted to do was relax and start to enjoy the celebrations. On the day before your wedding it’s time to put yourself first and let your guests take care of themselves! That day should be about getting the final preparations sorted, then switching off and celebrating the start of your wedding.”

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Alexander Santi via Fly Away Bride

We asked Austrian destination wedding planner Kajsa Reisenbauer from Weddings by Kajsa about the biggest mistakes that destination brides make in the run up to their big day, and what advice she had for them. She created this list of tips on what to do the day before your destination wedding.


The venue has final numbers, your guests have all arrived safely and your maid of honour and best man have a copy of the running order and contact numbers for the wedding day. Apart from a few small details like preparing your vendor payments and making sure you have everything laid out ready, everything else should already have been taken care of.


Now is the time to stop planning and to begin enjoying the start of your wedding. Give yourself and your guests a deadline, and let people know that after a certain time you’ll no longer be contactable by phone. If anyone needs anything urgently, make sure that they have the number of someone in the bridal party or the wedding planner who they can contact.


You’ve travelled such a long way to get married in a beautiful location,so why not take a short walk or find a nice terrace to have a quiet drink with your closest friends? Enjoy the magnificent scenery around you and savour the last moments before the big day- your last peaceful moments before the bustle of the wedding! Fresh air will not only tire you out but will also help you adjust to any time difference that your location may have from home.


You might be away from home, but to help you relax, invite your bridesmaids over to start the celebrations. Cook dinner together or order a healthy takeaway from a local restaurant- chatting with friends is a great way to relieve stress.


You want to wake up feeling fresh and energised on your wedding day, so make sure that you go to bed early the night before. It can be really hard not to think about all that will happen the next day, but give yourself the best chance you can of getting some sleep. Start winding down early; turn all screens off, avoid alcohol or caffine after 9pm, and run yourself a nice hot bath to help get your mind and body ready for some rest. And for that finishing touch, try lavender pillow mist!

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Philip Andrukhovich via Fly Away Bride

Article Idea: Cat from Wild Connections Photography | Wedding Planning Advice: Weddings by Kajsa

One Response

  1. Vanessa Hodge

    It’s important to take rest on the day before your wedding otherwise you can get exhausted and that can ruin everything. Here you’ve included some good points about the things to do on the day before your wedding. I am going to share this with my friend who is planning a destination wedding.


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