lanning a destination wedding can be an exciting and fun thing to do. However it can also be a little nerve-racking, because you don’t really know what to expect. Unlike planning a regular wedding, a lot of things are out of your control. Destination weddings are great though, it’s like having the wedding and honeymoon all rolled into one. Instead of spending a few hours with people you haven’t seen in ages, you get to spend a lot more time with them. For the people who do make it out to your wedding, it’s their vacation as well.
There are basically two different types of destination weddings. The type that is just moved to a whole new destination, but all of the planning must be done by you just as you would back home. The other type is all-inclusive, where you would pay for a wedding package and have a lot less to worry about. Planning a destination wedding for the first option can be arduous and down right stressful, because you might not even be familiar enough with the place to make the right decisions. Unless you are able to hire a very competent wedding planner that is located there to oversee everything and help you make those decisions, you’re better off looking for an all-inclusive wedding package.
The first order of business comes before planning a destination wedding. Obviously you should think about the ideal place to have your wedding. However, before you get ahead of yourself, check to see if the people most important to you are willing and able to travel. Is it convenient for them to get to the destination from where they live? Is it cost effective for all the people you really want to be there? Then take a look at the weather conditions for your desired destination during the time of year you expect to get married. If everything seems to be in order, you may proceed.
The next step for planning a destination wedding is creating a budget and then looking for destination packages you can afford. Once you have narrowed down your search, research the requirements for getting married in that city or country. What are the standards and rules regarding the marriage license, waiting period, etc. Before you sign on the dotted line, try to get as much information as you can from other couples who have purchased the package. Look for reviews online to learn more about other people’s experience with the service.
Remember that just like any other wedding venue, it is important to book early. Before you do though, make out a list of important questions to ask. Do they have a wedding planner that will work with you one on one to iron out the details? Is the actual location of the wedding ceremony private and secluded from other tourists? How many guests can they accommodate? Ask about all the additional fees that they don’t disclose up front such as cutting the cake. Is there a discount for large parties? Is there a way to get a refund should anything happen for the wedding to be called off. Furthermore, it’s important to learn about what they can provide in terms of menu options, entertainment, flowers, decorations, wedding cake, photography, hair & makeup, etc.
You may have booked your wedding and handed over most of the planning responsibilities to someone else, but your job is not done. Make sure the guests that are planning to go are notified of all details before they book their trip. Discuss accommodation options for them and let them know when you have finalized everything so they have plenty of time to take off from work and make travel arrangements.