How to Planning a Destination Wedding?
Set the budget
While every couple planning their wedding must have a budget, it is even more important for the couple who wants a destination ceremony. Don’t worry if the budget is modest. Some venues can be quite inexpensive or even free to use.
Choose the location
Once the budget is set, the location can be much more fun to plan. Check out all the areas that are interesting and fun, but keep in mind the budget.
Save the date
This may seem a bit obvious, but it is among the most important steps in planning a destination wedding. Depending on the size of the wedding, there may be a lot of logistics making sure that all the people who are involved can be in the right place at the right time. Because people have to get time off work, find lodging, and make travel plans, it is important to give them as much notice as possible.
Make sure you are legal!
Since many weddings of this type are in other states, countries, or even in the middle of the ocean, it is important to know the laws in that area. This may mean some extra time on the internet or on the phone, but it is doable. Depending on the location, a passport or other documents may be needed. Don’t leave this to the end. Make sure everything is ready for the big day!
Work with a planning company
While there are many things a bride can do on her own, it is often worth the time and money to go through a reputable planning agency. A company that has worked in the area before may know the best merchants with whom to work. Of course, this isn’t a necessary step, but having someone be the “go between” can cut down on much of the stress when planning a wedding at a distant location.
Make plans to help your guests
When going to a new place, everyone will need to know how to get around. Don’t leave guests and members of the wedding party to fend for themselves. Use natives of the area or the internet to help get directions to places they will need to be. It is a nice touch to have a packet of area information with directions and a schedule of planned events. This can be sent to the guests beforehand or placed in their rooms before they arrive. It is nice give this with a personal note or a small token of gratitude from the bride and groom. A fruit basket or box of chocolates can go a long way in making those who have traveled so far feel appreciated.
Don’t sweat the small stuff
No matter where a wedding takes place, it is easy to get overstressed. Don’t forget that nothing goes completely as planned. The wedding can go on even if everything isn’t as perfect as intended. Worrying over the small stuff just takes away from the joy of the day.
Maybe the most important point of all is to remember to have fun. A wedding is one of the most important days in life. Sit back and enjoy the ride!