Couples have different dreams about their wedding plans. Most organize local arrangements, however, some think of a destination wedding.
Choice of location varies for couples depending on their interest and passion. It’s usually a costly decision but it can definitely be worth it.
If do you decide to go through with a destination wedding then you’ll need to plan well. Destination weddings are fun but they’re a bit complex compared to local weddings.
When everything is organized accordingly, it can be an awesome experience to enjoy. Despite the challenges that come with it, many couples go through with it with no regrets.
Here are some things to consider if you are thinking about having a destination wedding.
Choose Your Ideal Location
Whether it’s a beach wedding, a snow-capped mountain wedding, or a wedding on an island, an ideal location is your first step. Always ensure that the location has all the resources you may require for that day. Above that, it should be easily accessible by your guests. Don’t choose a location that your guests won’t be comfortable at.
A destination wedding can be expensive (even more so than a typical wedding). It requires proper funding to be successful. Do thorough research about the charges of various things like the décor, the flowers, the reception, the cake and other little things.
Compare the cost from different vendors and consider the one that’s pocket-friendly to you. By doing so, you will be able to use your funds appropriately. If you’re feeling generous you may have to consider the cost to fly friends or relatives out to your wedding location as well.
Hire An Expert Planner
Getting a professional wedding planner will save you a lot of time. They’ve seen a lot and know a lot, making them able to give great advice and set things up without issues. Furthermore, they normally charge an affordable fee.
A wedding planner will help you choose a theme for your wedding, choose a good destination, plan for your guests properly including their travel expenses and their food amongst many essential things required for a wedding to be successful.
Inform Your Guests Way Before the Wedding Date
Send the invitation cards to your guests early (at least 6-9 months in advance ideally). It will help them get out of work and save enough cash for travel expenses.
Rushing a destination wedding means you won’t have many guests, but planning it well in advance will ensure you have a better turnout.
Visit The Wedding Location Before Your Big Day
Depending on your availability, try to visit your chosen location before the day of your wedding. This will help you to familiarize with the location. You should also double-check with your vendors to ensure everything is in place. In case of changes, you can always make them in good time.
It’s also good to have alternative plans in case a vendor falls through or something happens with the wedding location.
Watch The Weather
Consider a time of year when the weather is friendly in the location you’ve chosen. You don’t want your wedding to get rained on or be scorching hot if possible (especially in Australia where Melbourne wedding photographers are used to it). Try to come up with a backup plan in case the weather is poor at the area you chose if its outdoors.
Destination weddings are a thrilling experience. It can be a dream come true when everything goes well. Just make sure to plan ahead and do your research.