Destination weddings are a growing trend these days. More and more people nowadays want to celebrate the most important day of their adult life amid exotic scenery, a memorable locale and in an idyllic climate surrounded by family, friends and wonderful memories to last a lifetime.
Even then, destination weddings present couples with unique challenges – some cautionary and some thrilling – that you need to consider when making plans for a wedding away from home. Although some of these factors have been examined and debated about elsewhere, now is the perfect time to reconsider in detail the practical considerations and the joys that will make or prevent you from having one of the exciting days in your life.
There are many advantages to be experienced with destination weddings: cost efficiency, Non-traditional setting, control, and less of the family drama. They are a wonderful way of reconnecting with family and distant friends. Once you choose a destination wedding there are three major areas that will need your careful planning, consideration, and commitment. The areas are; your the wedding budget and your guests.
Remember that this day is yours, which means for both you and your partner. The two of you are committing to a lifetime of devotion and love; the focus of your family and friends will be towards the two of you. Therefore, most of the financial decisions you will be making will greatly impact your lives both now and in the far future.
A destination is a special place for you and your loved ones to get away to and celebrate your big day. When choosing the particular destination you prefer, it is important to consider a number of things. First, choose a special locale for you. It could be a place you grew up, a place you shared precious moments or an imaginary tranquil setting made perfect in your dreams. Apart from that, it is crucial to consider things like availability of accommodations, seasonal weather trends and local decoration possibilities. When possible visit the destination of your choice in advance; this will offer you the real feel of the location and allow you to make essential contacts and at the same time eliminate surprises. Gaining such information, you are able to modify your wedding dress and your bridesmaids’ attire based on the local tradition and style. Therefore, you will be able to save money and emphasize uniqueness.
Your wedding Budget
Destination weddings are at times expensive but also sometimes can turn out to be very affordable. Compared to traditional weddings settings, which are dependent on different vendors, inconsistent family advice, and coordinators, destination weddings take advantage of the various all-inclusive packages and local wedding planners whose focus revolves daily around such events.
When making plans for a foreign destination, ensure you consider things like the local nuptials requirements, language used and passports. Also, ensure you carry your wedding dress in your carry-on luggage to avoid lost luggage crisis. If your destination of choice has truly appealed to you, you could consider combining your big day with a supplementary honeymoon.
The Wedding Guests
Your wedding guests will be friends and close family as well as your spouse’s family who may perhaps be new to you. Expenses and Accommodations, timings, special needs, and destination wedding protocol are practical considerations for you to take note of. Below is a breakdown of each one of them.
It is necessary to start plans for destination wedding early. You need to let your guests know about your plans at least four to six months in advance, with regular information updates and reminders during the entire planning process. Take into consideration the seasons: wind, tides, sun, and rain will affect the type of event you end up having. Also, consider how the travel seasons will impact your travel costs for both you and your guests. Research, making plans and communication is very important among families and wedding guests.
Expenses and accommodations
The travel costs and accommodation can be a major downside of a destination wedding. Nonetheless, most destination wedding locales offer all-inclusive wedding packages (some offer airfare, meals, and beverages, accommodation), local wedding planners and onsite expertise. Similarly, you can utilize local styles, flowers, and practices to help lower the costs for a bridal party. When the accommodations costs are on the higher end for some of your guests, attempt to recommend other lower cost lodging and group rates hotels preferably within twenty minutes from the wedding venue. It is essential to recognize that each guest has varying financial means, therefore use honesty and diplomacy and at the same time trying not to make your guest feel compelled to spend more than they are able.
It is possible some of your guests may need transportation assistance, wheelchairs, babysitting services, and pharmaceuticals. Ensure you offer your guests thoughtful amenities like lists of tourist attractions and available activities, itinerary, and gift bags that contain snacks, water, and welcome hygienic needs. In doing early research, you will be able to address your guests needs ahead of the occasion.
Destination wedding protocol
Each wedding situation is unique; therefore no fixed rules are set. In general, the wedding guests pay for transportation to and from the wedding venue, activities, accommodation and meals, and special needs outside the wedding process. The bride and her family often pay for the wedding party participants, while the groomsmen are catered for by the groom’s family. These rules can, however, be amended, changed and customized to suit your destination wedding, the families’ situation, and your guests.
A destination wedding requires that you do lots of preparation, forethought and being committed to open and constant communication with your guests, which can prove to be a challenge for everyone involved. However, a destination wedding planned in the locale of your dreams can be a memorable experience not only for you but for your friends and family, who get to share in your wedding event and in the rest of your life together.