On Saturday, June 9, Fort Young’s newest visiting chef Kevin Broderick debuted his expertise with a night of exquisite cuisine at Warner’s Bar. The event, which showcased a 5-course meal, was a sure success, allowing guests to indulge in an intimate culinary escape with the unique flavors of Dominica. An award-winning chef from Jamaica, Kevin […]Read more
Many of us have dreamt about the “big day” since we were little. Planning color schemes, choosing our wedding party, picking our favorite flowers and more. Today, we still do that; but how easy is it to plan a wedding far from home and where do you choose to go? Dominica has many qualities to be a top choice for a destination wedding and Fort Young Hotel can provide an impeccable setting for what will be a truly unforgettable day. Here are seven items to consider when planning your ideal destination wedding.
Finding the perfect locale for a wedding can be difficult, especially if you want to have an outdoor wedding. Aside from many other factors to consider, weather is certainly one of the most important. Be sure to look at weather reports for previous years during the month and time of your wedding date. Check with your venue as well to hear their accommodations to create idyllic conditions even in inclement weather.
Local Food & Culture
If you’re going to have a destination wedding, it’s suggested to fully embrace the culture around you. Whether it’s working with your venue, wedding planner or simply doing your own research, take the extra step to see what’s available to enhance your guests’ experience. Aside from food, there may even be wedding traditions specific to that culture that might influence some of your decisions.
Find an Accommodating Venue
The less stress, the better. When searching for a venue, it’s best to find one that can help in many aspects of your big day from room accommodations to catering, planning, entertainment and more. With five-star services curated to your every need, Fort Young Hotel will arrange a magical backdrop for your ceremony, photos and reception.
Hire the Right People
Work with your venue because they will have many connections to vendors whether they’re in-house or local businesses. Being in a different environment will prove to be challenging at times, so it’s vital to find people who will be as helpful and reliable as possible. For the most adventurous, it’s even suggested to visit your destination beforehand and pick your vendors in person. Think of it as a mini pre-vacation to your real vacation.
Some couples may decide to bring vendors or specialists from home, but before doing that be sure to incorporate costs such as covering their travel expenses and hotel accommodations. When working with your venue, ask plenty of questions about costs so everything is accounted for. Don’t forget to include all travel costs into your budget as well, as that may influence some of your decisions on the wedding day itself.
Make it an Adventure
Although everyone will be coming primarily for the wedding, it doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of this adventure. Take some time to research what is around the area and things for you and your guests to do. Destination weddings here in Dominica have adventure awaiting just moments away—from exploring the local culture to hiking, scuba diving and more. Just remember to always research ahead of time so you are familiar with the area to keep you and your guests safe.
After the big day has finally arrived and you’ve tied the knot, the celebration continues with your honeymoon. The best part is you’re already at a destination far from home where you can continue to unwind and explore. Here in Dominica at Fort Young Hotel, you can look into honeymoon packages that make it easy for you two to focus on each other and celebrating your marriage.