August 2 2023 | Planning Tips

How to Include Loved Ones
Who Can’t Make Your Destination Wedding

New Orleans is one of the top destination wedding spots in America. Young or old, everybody loves this city and will jump at the chance to attend your wedding here. Still, the downside of any destination wedding is that some people will simply not be able to travel — elderly grandparents, for instance, or siblings and friends with large families, busy lives and lots of commitments. When that happens, there are still ways to include them in your celebration. Here are a few ideas:

Livestream Your I Dos and Your Reception

We learned a thing or do about virtual I dos during the pandemic and there’s no reason we can’t keep it going. Speak with your photographer, your videographer, or one of your tech-savvy friends about helping you livestream your wedding events.

Create a Video or a Photo Wall That Includes Those Who Can’t Make It

Your 101-year-old great grandmother. Your best friend who lives in Europe. Your pregnant sister who’s going to deliver any day. Create a video or old-school photo montage featuring photos of them with the bride and groom to show the world that they are a big part of your life even if they can’t be part of the wedding.

Send Them Pics and a Gift from New Orleans

Beignet mix from Cafe Beignet. A Cannata’s King Cake. Pralines from New Orleans Famous Praline Company. A New Orleans cookbook from the place you held your rehearsal dinner. A pair of beads with your names on them from Beads by the Dozen. Send your guests who can’t come a little bit of New Orleans to make them feel closer.