Planning a wedding is one thing, planning a destination wedding is another! Destination weddings are exciting and romantic, but also take a bit more work. No worries, My Joyful Event has a few tips to follow in order to plan a stress-free destination wedding that you and your guests will enjoy and remember forever.
1. Choose the perfect location
When picking a destination make sure it will provide you with all the resources you need. This could include where your guests will be staying overnight.
2. Invite guests early
This is very important and allows your friends and loved ones time to determine if they can afford traveling to your big day.
3. Embrace what your location has to offer
What we mean by this is the idea of possibly using local blooms or specialities. This will cut out catering costs and help you save money!
4. Always consider your guests
Choosing an affordable hotel will definitely help out your guests’ expenses. Do not set a date for the wedding until there is 100% room availability for everyone.
5. Hire an event planner
Find a planner who specializes in destination weddings. This will help save time with planning if they are an expert,
6. Visit ahead of time
You should try to see your venue once before booking and again three to four months before the wedding. If you cannot make the second visit, try to arrive five days early to finalize the details.
7. Choose your vendors in person
When you first visit your venue it is a good idea to set up meetings with local vendors. You can also ask for recommendations from your venue.
8. Make a budget for your vendors
If you decide to have vendors from home, expect to cover their travel and lodging costs. They should be staying within 30 minutes of your venue. Talk about the expenses upfront so there are no misunderstandings later.
Try to fit as much as you can into checked luggage. Shipping, especially overseas, is risky and pricey.
10. Tailor your dress to your location
For example, lightweight fabrics, such as lace, work best in hot and humid locations.
There you have it! Always remember to have fun and enjoy your day. Don’t stress over the small things and embrace all of the memories. This your day after all!
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