Destination Weddings are becoming increasingly popular for many couples. The rise in popularity of destination weddings could be due to the fact that many couples have lived together for several years. Or perhaps the idea of an exotic
and luxurious wedding, that feels like a holiday, is very appealing. Whatever your reason for choosing to have your wedding away from home, here are some things to think about, and consider.
Many people out there that say that a destination wedding can be more affordable than a traditional wedding, and in many cases, this is true. Your wedding and honeymoon can be combined into one event, in the same, or very nearby locations, saving you travel expenses. Your wedding, at a five star resort, may be more lavish, and more exotic than you could ever hope to create at home. And you’ll likely have far fewer guests in attendance than you would at a traditional wedding, saving you money.
Every wedding requires hours and hours of meticulous planning and preparation. And with a destination wedding, the planning can become a far greater challenge, when you are attempting to deal with vendors, hotels, and other event providers, in a distant location. Couples who have pulled off a successful destination wedding agree that hiring a reputable destination wedding planner is a must, to ensure the success of your event.
A destination wedding planner becomes a valuable representative for you, and they are in your corner to help make sure that all your dreams for a perfect wedding away, come true. They will negotiate for you, for the best prices and deals, take care of bookings, field questions from your guests, and help you should anything go wrong. In other words, a reputable destination wedding planner takes care of a lot of stress, so you don’t have to, allowing you to enjoy your wedding and honeymoon, as you are meant to.
One thing is for sure, a destination wedding is like a mini vacation for you and your guests.
Make sure you give
your guests plenty of time to make their decision, and to reply to your invitation. Several months in advance, allows guests time to budget, and make the necessary arrangements, so they can travel to your wedding.
Book rooms in your hotel, or very close to your hotel, so your guests are near the “action”. You don’t want your guests to have to travel several miles to attend your wedding, when they have already traveled thousands of miles to share your wedding day. If it’s an intimate affair, and several guests want to stay together, they can consider renting a vacation property, to enjoy the privacy, and self sufficiency a vacation property allows for.
It is customary to provide “welcome gifts” for your guests when they arrive to their hotel, just as a way to say “thank you” for coming.
Make sure you check out the various wedding insurance providers out there, and make sure they will provide insurance coverage for your destination wedding. You don’t want to be out thousands of dollars, should something unfortunate, and unexpected happen.
Many couples also choose to host a celebratory event or reception at home, for those friends and family who were unable to travel to their destination wedding. This is a nice way to include all of your other family and friends, and share photos, videos, and stories from you wedding day.
Wherever you decide to have your wedding, make sure to enlist the help of professionals, to make your entire day go smoothly, and become the wedding of your dreams.