Tips for Planning The Perfect Destination Wedding
Gone are the days when people loved the traditional way of getting married. I am not saying traditional weddings aren’t fun but the new kid on the block today is Destination Weddings. Most of the couples are opting out for destination weddings. But destination weddings are not easy to plan, in fact the idea of planning a wedding in an unknown third place may sound more cumbersome to many. So here are few tips and things to keep in mind while planning your perfect destination wedding.
Choosing The Perfect Spot
No matter what your style or budget is, there’s a destination for every couple.The location of your wedding determines not only the mood, but also the travel, time and budget required to pull it off.Nature lovers may long to tie the knot atop a picturesque mountaintop, whereas beach fanatics might prefer a more laid-back, tropical locale.So choose your spot wisely, your wedding location should speak of your likings and preferences.
Another important factor to consider is the accessibility. You don’t want your family and guests to change three flights to reach your wedding. Hence its important to factor how travel friendly the destination is. Check to make sure there are reasonably priced flights and itineraries that make sense.
Time It Right
Unfortunately, the best weather in popular vacation destinations tends to correlate with tourist season, when there are typically more crowds, fewer hotel and venue availability, and higher rates all around. If you choose to marry during high season, you’ll want to reserve hotel blocks and venues immediately and send out save-the-dates 10 to 12 months in advance so guests can book their flights and accommodations before prices skyrocket.
Choose your vendors carefully and have a backup plan
Probably the biggest complaint of destination wedding couples is unprofessional vendors. Its a new place and you do not know how good and trustworthy the vendors are going to be.While you can view vendors’ portfolios online and check references from afar, it’s especially important that you’re comfortable with all your vendors. That’s why we strongly suggest making at least one planning trip to meet with potential vendors. If you must hire your vendors unseen, schedule a video chat so you can get a sense for a potential vendor’s demeanor and personality before you sign a contract.Make sure you have contracts in place for each and every vendor and be triple sure your venue and catering are confirmed. If a vendor doesn’t offer you great communication right from the start, that is often a sign of worse things to come.
Be Prepared For Mother Nature
This point is applicable for all your outdoor wedding lovers. With all this Global Warming the weather is more unpredictable than ever. Even a desert can get a sudden shower, and tropical latitudes are particularly prone. No matter what the records and averages may say, Murphy’s law seems to override all predictions, and deliver downpours just when you don’t want them. Have a backup plan to move your ceremony indoors at the last minute or you could be “trashing the dress” ahead of schedule.
Hire A Local For Help
Having a local around is always helpful. They know the local traditions, language and places. They can help you get the best deals for hostels, resorts, catering etc. They know how things work in the area and are your best bet if you happen to get into a sticky situation.
Factor In Extra Expenses
If done right, a destination wedding can cost no more — and maybe even less — than hosting the same party at home (depending on where you live, of course).Still there are extra expenses you’ll need to factor in for any destination wedding, including importing key vendors like make up artist or photographer and décor,gifts for guests, additional activities for guests and travel costs for you and your immediate families.