You’re gathering your favorite people in the world for one of the biggest celebrations of your life for a destination wedding; it’s not surprising that you feel a bit of pressure to ensure every detail is absolutely perfect. Whether you’ve decided on a tropical celebration in the Bahamas, a wedding party in Dubai, or a romantic getaway in Tuscany, Italy. We’ve compiled pieces of advice to help you every step of the way. Follow these tricks, and you’ll plan an amazing event that guests will still be raving about years after you tied the knot.
Budget: Hosting an event in Europe can mean an extra 50 percent in costs. While in South America may be a bargain. Find out exactly what’s included in the package price. Some resorts include just the location fee, and you’ll pay extra for flowers and food; others will include decor and even photography in their price. Factor in all the costs when you’re determining affordability.
In some parts of the world, hotel taxes and resort fees can add 20 percent to the room cost. Many sites require you to have a certain number of guests to book the space; if you don’t have enough, you could end up paying for meals or rooms for guests who are no-shows. In addition to the wedding-day party, most couples pay for at least one event (welcome dinner, sunset cruise, etc.). Let guests know in advance which activities you’re covering and which they’ll need to spring for.
Consider Your Guests: It is important that you keep your guests in mind. If a friend or family member is flight-phobic, even your wedding may not be incentive enough to get her halfway around the world. You must also ensure that you notify your guests well in advance. Try to put everyone in one reasonably affordable hotel. If price is an issue, find less expensive spot that is 10 minutes away — 15 maximum. Don’t set your date until you’re sure there’s room availability for everyone. Take your guests into account when choosing your destination and they will be more than happy to celebrate your wedded bliss.
Weather Condition: Although legend has it that rain on your wedding day is good luck, it certainly doesn’t make for a happy bride and groom. And when it’s a destination you’re not totally familiar with, the weather can come as a shock. Different parts of the world experience weather phenomenon at different times, check your destination for hurricanes and large storms, and extremely hot temperatures.
Another issue to bear in mind is the fabric material of your wedding clothes. Breathable fabrics work best in hot, humid locations. Lightweight lace in Mexico is stunning, as is an embellished ball gown at a villa in France. Ask your stylist to steer you toward dresses that will work with your location and climate. In warm conditions, butter cream frosting can tend to melt, making the cake more likely to slide apart and frozen drinks can become unpalatable quickly. If you’re planning an outdoor affair, be sure the menu you choose won’t wilt in hot weather.
Get a Professional Wedding Planner: When you are dealing with a destination where you may not know the lay of the land, the language, the best venues, or even the best areas in the country, it is usually best to hire a wedding planner. Hiring a planner who specializes in destination weddings can save you time, money and headaches. She or he will advise you on the requirements for getting married at your chosen location, offer guidelines for hiring vendors, help you negotiate a special room rate for your wedding guests, and more. A bilingual Planner is not a bad choice if the destination is not an English speaking country
Build a wedding website: You can create a wedding website for next to nothing. Connection with your guests will be easy. A wedding website that shares useful information (e.g where to go and how to get there, where to stay, what to wear and pack, etc.) makes life easier for everyone. This is also the perfect place to provide details regarding any pre- or post-wedding events. As well as suggestions for things to do locally before and after the Big Day. And don’t have time to mail out a formal save the date card. It will streamline communication with guests and reduce your stress
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