Weddings by The Ritz-Carlton Volume 7 • Issue 1 January – June 2014 - (Page 72)
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Director of Wedding Sales
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
How can couples make it
easy for guests to attend
a destination wedding?
lydIa re dmon d
What's the first
thing you tell the
What are your
favorite ideas for
First, congratulations! Start by
thinking about location, especially
places with a personal connection.
Many of our clients in Naples
vacationed here over the years and
saw weddings taking place along
the beach and in our courtyard.
How should couples
determine where to save
and where to splurge?
Splurge on cuisine, beverages and
entertainment - creative ideas like
a dessert station with handspun cotton candy will be talked about and
remembered - as well as photos,
which will be cherished for a lifetime.
Save on favors and welcome bags;
keep them chic, sweet and simple.
In the digital era, are
paper invitations still
Absolutely! Formal stationery is
always appropriate, especially for
destination weddings. Stamps can
be personalized with the date and
décor colors. Of course, physical
cards often point to websites and
apps, where guests can find all the
Consider a location with multiple
direct flights, and be flexible on your
actual event date to find values on
accommodations. A three-day weekend may be an easier time for guests
to travel, requiring less time off work
and other commitments. And try to
offer multiple hotel options, with a
variety of rates, close to your venue.
Inventive coastal cuisine is always
interesting. I worked with a couple
to serve their favorite crab tower as
an appetizer, and we gave guests the
recipe as a takeaway. When it comes
to gowns, hand beading, cap sleeves
and fishtail hems are very romantic
for a seaside affair.
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illustration by sam wilson
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Weddings by The Ritz-Carlton Volume 7 • Issue 1 January – June 2014
Volume 6 • Issue 2 July - December 2013
State of Lace
Tiers of Joy
Beyond the Sea
Atop the World
Weddings by The Ritz-Carlton Volume 7 • Issue 1 January – June 2014