We are seeing a huge uptick in Destination Weddings right now. And why shouldn’t there be? What’s not to love? Beautiful weather, exotic locations, fun adventures, and let’s not forget GORGEOUS wedding photos are all in store when you plan a destination wedding.
But your dream destination wedding can quickly turn into a nightmare if a few key things go bad-sideways-wrong. And no one has time for that!
You don’t know what you don’t know, and how can you avoid unforeseen wedding-ruining circumstances…especially when the venue is thousands of miles away?
Here are some guidelines to follow to make sure your Destination Wedding is the wedding of your dreams…
First and foremost HIRE A PLANNER.
This is and essential step when beginning to plan a Destination Wedding. Why? Because a good planner can help you avoid pitfalls. We help our clients save money and a lot of anxiety in the long run. We know the right things to ask the venue, the vendors, and everyone else who needs to play on our wedding team – even if the destination is many miles from home.
Thinking of an All-Inclusive Resort-Style Destination Wedding? MAKE SURE YOU GO THROUGH IT WITH A FINE-TOOTHED COMB.
No one wants a cookie cutter wedding. An All-Inclusive Destination Wedding sounds great (so easy!), until you want to change anything about the package. This is another reason you need a planner when you’re planning your Destination Wedding – we can help you go over the contract with a fine-toothed comb and make sure that you are getting enough of certain things and not too much of others. We also know how to negotiate to get you the elements you want for the best possible price.
DON’T PLAN A WEDDING DURING HURRICANE SEASON.
An August wedding in Mexico sounds grand, but unless you want your guests to have to swim back to their rooms after the reception, you might want to consider another time of year. Hawaii is an amazing destination for a wedding, but it’s not great for a Summer wedding because of the heat and humidity. Many couples prefer Europe, but it can be prohibitively expensive to get married there during the Summer (and we Californians sometimes forget that most places in Europe have snow during the Winter.)
It’s very easy to get far into the planning stages and then suddenly realize that you picked a date and a destination that simply don’t work together. Make sure that you are asking the right questions in the initial planning stages and ensuring that you set your wedding up for success.
COST & SAFETY need to be foremost in your mind.
Costs can easily spiral out of control during the planning process of any wedding, and with Destination Weddings it is even more likely. Choose a destination that is cost-effective, both for you in hosting and for your guests in getting there.
Most importantly, you must make sure your destination is a safe one. Don’t get captivated by the allure of a particular destination until you have done your due diligence on its political climate, its socio-political trends, and the safety of traveling to and from it.
Are you thinking “DESTINATION” for your wedding?
Get in touch with us today, and let us help you plan the Destination Wedding of your dreams!