A Groom’s Guide to a Destination Wedding

So, you are lucky enough to have booked that dream wedding in the sun. A taste of bridal paradise if you will. From mingling in Maui to sunning it up in Seychelles, grooms need to pay attention to those vital details. 

And we are not just talking about throwing their passport and sunnies into his hand luggage. Oh, no folks…but before you shout Bon Voyage, there’s so much more to a destination wedding. 


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Even before you kick off your flip flops on the golden sands, there is lots of prep to undertake. In the first place, consider getting suited and booted before you jet off to your wedding hotspot. Squeezing into your three-piece or tux like a penguin? It will certainly be worth it as there will be no time for adjustments at 30,000 feet. 

Meanwhile, a groom should think about what to pack. After all, he can’t be waddling around in his tux for the entire weekend. Whether flying off to a long or short-haul location, you will be at your venue for at least a few days. 

In this way, it is imperative you pack enough clothes so you don’t get hot under the collar. Jaunting off to tie the knot? Read on and consult our one of a kind beach wedding guide for grooms.

Protect Those Essentials


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We have all heard about getting protection. 

Well, this is all about providing security for the groom’s wedding gear. If you are heading to a tropical resort you will need to factor in what you actually require to ensure a seamless luggage collection at the other end. 

First things first, why not consider buying a smart garment bag for your specific attire. Ideal for a destination wedding, whack in your wedding costume as well as any accessories such as a tie clip, cufflinks or boutonnieres for the ultimate storage solution. 

If you’re taking everything but the kitchen sink or packing a few key items, you may want to invest in a stylish weekender bag. Effortlessly chic and super luxurious, strut to your wedding destination in style thanks to a sleek and spacious holdall. 

Great for short trips, there are numerous articles like this one offering ideas on the best travel bags. 

Thank Your Bros

It’s not quite time yet to sit back by the pool with a Pina Colada or Mojito. 

Remember, you are going to have a think about how to thank your buddies…at least in between having a dip in the plunge pool.


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And what better way to show your appreciation for years of friendship and crazy capers with a top-notch groomsmen gift. Although your gang will want to make your wedding into the Hangover, your pals deserve as much pampering as the groom.

In this way, you should really put some thought into spoiling them rotten. Go for something that is not only long-lasting but will also make a lasting impression. Tailor your groomsmen present to your pals’ tastes, hobbies, and interests and he will cherish those man hugs even more.

On the other hand, you don’t want something cluttering up your man’s closet so finding a practical groomsmen gift is just as important. How about a money clip, leather wallet or a smart beer mug? Smack on personalization for a truly unique man gift. 

Are you already at the check-in desk? Have some downtime before the big bash? If you cannot find room in your man bag check out a range of custom groomsmen gift sites 


Meet the Manager




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One of the key areas you need to literally lockdown is all matters concerning the wedding and the venue itself. 

Ranging from food and beverage to guest accommodation queries, you should discuss everything in detail with the hotel manager including room rates. As a result, your guests can benefit from discounted lodging for the duration of their stay. 

Better still if you have a dedicated event or wedding planner on site, you can easily rack their brains with this and other queries. 

Food Glorious Food


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The dining experience will need to be given proper care and consideration over. With Zoom now de rigeur, arrange a few meetings over this platform before embarking on your journey.

When it comes to the menu, go over the details regarding food ideas or a cuisine you prefer from your travels with your better half. And leave no wedding stone unturned as far as the venue is concerned. Make sure everything is covered with your designated planner from the seating plan to the open bar.

If your head is in a marital spin there are many articles offering insight on how to plan the perfect destination wedding.

Thank you Emma with www.vowtobechic.com for this great guest blog!





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La Jolla Shores Wedding

The Tea Ceremony

Mike and Charlene began their wedding day with their bridal party at their gorgeous venue, La Jolla Shores Hotel. It was a gorgeous, sunny day and perfect for their celebration!

Charlene & Mike

The couple dressed in traditional Chinese attire and shared a tea ceremony shared with their family members. This ceremony was important for the couple to show gratitude to their parents and was a special start to their day. Continue reading

Practical and Personalized: High-Quality Gift Ideas for Your Groomsmen

When you think about getting gifts for members of your wedding party, you have three or four basic goals: You want the gift to be practical, personal, convenient and you want it to look expensive (whether it is or not).

Since we now have the internet at our fingerprints, this is a possibility that doesn’t take weeks of searching through boutiques.

Who has time for that while planning for a wedding???

In this list, I’ve noted a few special things that fit all of the points above. (Well, let’s be honest, if you’re shopping online, they’re all convenient). 

Hopefully, you will be inspired to find things that are also unique to your groomsmen (or best man, or fathers in the wedding. . . or any of those guys who’ll make that wedding great).

Grooming Set

grooming set

Personalized Barber Grooming Set with Straight Razor Blade, Wood Comb, Scissors & Sharpening Stone, $74.51, https://www.groomsmengiftsource.com/

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Persian Romance at Hyatt La Jolla

The Couple

Jasmine and Hussein were one of the sweetest couples we had the pleasure of working alongside. They were kind and loving and their beautiful wedding reflected it. Many of their guests flew in from all over the world to celebrate with this beautiful couple. It was a Middle Eastern celebration which was simply gorgeous!


The Venue

The Hyatt La Jolla Regency La Jolla was the destination for this occasion. It is tucked away in the “Jewel of the Pacific” city in California, and one of the most sought after areas.


First Look

The couple started their day with their bridal party and also, a very lovely First Look!


The Ceremony

The ceremony was gorgeous with an ornate sofreh styled by Terry of Elegant Sofreh Design.


The sofreh was the highlight of the ceremony and was stunning. Dashing Events provided the music for the day. Hussein and Jasmine were so joyful during their wedding ceremony!


The Cocktail Hour

The cocktail hour was held on the terrace and the weather was perfect. The terrace was dressed up with patio furniture, belly bars and fire pits. Guests enjoyed an array of persian food by Amirs.


While guests mingled and enjoyable delectable bites, the couple snuck away to the shores of La Jolla for photos with True Photography. 


The Dinner Celebration

An amazing grand entrance by Famous Stage Entertainment, the top Middle Eastern entertainment company of Southern California kicked off the dinner celebration. The couple entered with the Zaffa band to a fun performance.

The Design

The entire day was gorgeous. From the sofreh to the flowers by Four Seasons, every area was stunning.


The sweetheart table was a focal point in the ballroom which was also adorned with a white dance floor, a sweetheart lounge chair, a draped backdrop and blush napkins by Concepts Rentals.


Dashing Events sparkled the ambience with pretty uplighting throughout the space. 


A gorgeous cake from Flour Power was also a lovely focal point!


Thank you True Photography and John B Productions for capturing the moments of this beautiful day. Thank you Hussein and Jasmine for allowing At Your Side Planning to come alongside to plan, design and coordinate such a special occasion. 


Coordination: At Your Side Planning

Entertainment: Famous Stage Entertainment

DJ/Music: Dashing Events

Caterer: Amirs

Officiant: Ali Reza Ghadaksaz

Sofreh: Elegant Sofreh Design

PhotoTrue Photography

Video: John B Productions

Florist: Four Seasons Florist

Makeup: Lindsay Gonz of Lindsay Ann Makeup 

Hair: Southside Salon

Bakery: Flour Power

Rentals: Concepts, Raphaels & Platinum





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Building 177 Romance

The Scene

Brandon and Sunjo were married in the exclusive location of Building 177 in Liberty Station. This spot is tucked away in the gorgeous neighborhood of Point Loma in San Diego, California. Building 177 is a lovely space with a sleek, modern style. Its array of floor to ceiling and clerestory windows allows for natural light to come flooding in to brighten up the space. 



The couple shared an intimate first look at their ceremony sight before guests arrived. Brandon was beaming as he turned to see Sunjo in her elegant, sweetheart gown. A floral embellished cape flowed down from Sunjo’s shoulders to add a modern trend to her timeless gown. The bridal party walked the greenery-filled grounds for photos prior to the ceremony.  Continue reading