Destination weddings are not just for the wealthy. If planned properly, some destination weddings can even be less expensive than a traditional wedding. Destination weddings also add an extra layer of romanticism, allure, and fantasy. Imagine taking pictures against the backdrop of a tropical ocean or grand mountains. Destination weddings are dreamy but with any wedding, it takes work and preparation to plan such a special day. Keep reading for tips on how to plan an amazing destination wedding.
Pick the Right Destination
This goes without saying but the venue should be breathtaking to you and describe you in a nutshell. Have you and your partner been known for taking long walks on the beach? Maybe a beach wedding in Florida or Hawaii may be ideal. Did your partner propose to you in front of the Eiffel Tower? Maybe a small or wedding in the middle of Paris is right up your alley.
Also remember that while some locations are meaningful, a plethora of guests may not be able to be accommodated for. While your family may have taken trips to a small, local beach each year, the town could indeed be too small unless you want a private, intimate wedding.
Tell Your Guests in Advance
Depending on your travel destination, tickets can be expensive. Some people may be able to afford a last minute getaway. Others may need time to budget. People also need to make sure that they can take a vacation from work. It would be disappointing to find out that the people closest to you would not be able to be in attendance. Planning anything last minute can be stressful for you as well.
What will also be beneficial to your guests is having cheap hotels already picked out for them. It would be best not to plan your wedding date until you understand everyone’s availability and who will actually be able to attend your special day.
Visit Your Venue
You may do a lot of online research but nothing beats physically going to your dream destination. You’ll actually be able to become immersed in the environment. Visualizing your vision will be easier if you are there in person. Visit more than once if you can, and if not make sure to at least show up a few days before the wedding to test hair, makeup, or anything else that may be important to you.
Hire an Expert
There is nothing more overwhelming than trying to plan a wedding alone with only the assistance of your future spouse. Choosing a professional that is well-versed and knowledgeable about destination weddings will make your life easier. A professional will understand the best type of flowers to decorate your setting. If a planner isn’t affordable, choose a resort that has an on-site coordinator that can help accommodate you.
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