You’ve decided to get married and are wondering whether a destination wedding is right for you. An increasing number of couples are choosing to tie the knot somewhere different because it’s an affordable and exciting option.
Many aspects of your wedding are planned with other people in mind but why shouldn’t the location be your decision? A destination wedding is far more intimate and special, and you can choose from a million and one destinations around the world.
You might be thinking that this kind of celebration is difficult to organize, but you’ll be surprised at how easy it is. Here are some top tips to help you sail through the process.
Package Deal or Do it Yourself?
You’ll find a wide range of resorts and cruise lines offering package deals, and they’re certainly worth considering. Choose one of the many Mexico wedding packages available, for instance, and get married surrounded by beautiful scenery and a more unique experience.
Usually, by selecting a package deal, you will be given a wedding planner who will assist you with floral arrangements, catering and entertainment. All you have to do is point them in the right direction and relax.
Manage Your Guest List
One of the reasons couples are choosing a destination wedding is because it’s far less stress. You can’t please everyone, so don’t even try to keep your guest list small and intimate. Discuss your arrangements with immediate family first before opening up the guest list further.
You don’t have to make travel arrangements for your guests, but you can point them in the right direction. Let your friendly local travel agent take care of the travel logistics and worry about the details of the ceremony instead.
Take Advantage of a Pre-Wedding Visit
A number of resorts who offer wedding destination packages also offer visits for parents and the happy couple before the event, at a nominal cost. Take this opportunity if you can because you’ll be able to experience what the resort has to offer first hand.
You might even get to see another happy couple exchanging their vows.If you are going to Oahu like so many couple do, ask for a sunset dinner cruise. There is nothing more romantic then enjoying an evening on the water with the sunset!
Make Plans as Early as Possible
A destination wedding isn’t something you can do on the spur of the moment unless you don’t mind being the only ones at the ceremony. You need to give all your guests advance warning and make sure they’ve got enough time to save for the cost of travel. A good ballpark figure is to give everyone eight months’ notice at the very least.
Honeymooning with the Family?
Your wedding guests aren’t going to be arriving, enjoying the ceremony and then going home again on the next flight. It’s very likely they’ll be sticking around, at least for a few days. Does this mean you’re not going to be able to enjoy some private, romantic time?
Think about arriving a few days early or spend some of your time in a nearby resort, away from everyone else. The only other option is to keep family and friends occupied while you and your spouse slip away somewhere more secluded.