A destination wedding is a hectic but exciting and exotic way to get married and it is becoming more and more popular in recent years. Are you thinking of planning a destination wedding? There are a couple of tips you should consider before making the commitment and making sure everything goes off without a hitch.
Pick a Place That’s Right For Your Destination Wedding
Just because one of your bridesmaids loved the Dominican doesn’t mean you will. Pick a location that means something to you and your spouse-to-be; research different locations if you aren’t sure what to pick and make sure you have a budget before you do all that searching. You don’t want to find the perfect villa in Punta Cana only to find out it’s a couple thousand dollars out of your budget.
Visit Your Destination Before the Wedding
This may seem silly, but if you’ve never been to a certain location before, how do you know it’s the perfect spot for your destination wedding? Research can only do so much; experiencing everything first hand will give you a good idea of what to expect in terms of climate, services and more. While you’re there, make sure you ask about local wedding requirements. Sometimes resorts wedding planners will do this for you, but if you don’t have a wedding planner, make sure to ask!
Tell Your Family and Friends Before the Invites Are Sent
Not everyone can afford a destination wedding for their friends or family regardless of how close they may be. It’s common courtesy to let friends and family you want by your side know well in advance of your wedding so they can tell you whether or not they’ll be able to make it. No one likes to be asked to be in a wedding party only to find out later that they have to travel 5000 miles for it.
Budget, Budget, Budget
Talk with your spouse-to-be about your budget before you seriously begin to plan anything. You need to stay within your budget so that you don’t stress yourself or others out over the wedding. A wedding planner may be best; they’ll help make sure you maintain that budget and that there won’t be any surprise costs from vendors if you have to make any changes. Make sure you set a reasonable budget though, and it always helps to save a bit before putting the plans into action.
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