Saying your “I do’s” in the most enchanting wedding destination is far more romantic than the traditional home wedding ceremony and reception. However, planning a destination wedding takes more than just booking and paying for a plane ticket and hotel accommodation to your most-loved vacation spots; there are a lot of wedding preparations that should be mulled over and taken into action before sending out save-the-dates to your family, guests and other wedding ceremony invitees.
Here are some of the must-do preparations and tips before you and your fiancé get to the best part of the wedding, the moment when you finally tie the knot in holy matrimony and start the life together as husband and wife.
Choosing the Perfect Wedding Destination Spot.
This decision should definitely be made by both you and your partner. Choosing the perfect spot for an away-from-home wedding is not as easy as some people would think it is because your choice would determine the mood and the concept of the wedding. Some of the most important considerations to take are the travel time and of course, how much money you would be spending including the hotel accommodations for you and your family. Choose a location that would not bore you and your guests; because, as the wedding planner makes the final preparations, you could spend time with your family doing some exhilarating activities that the venue provides. It is also imperative to consider you and your fiancé’s personality when deciding on the wedding destination as this would not just be memorable for you, but for your guests as well. It would be definitely satisfying and rewarding to hear them comment the place truly depicts and reflects both your personalities and lifestyle.
Perfect Timing would equate to a perfect wedding.
Try researching for the weather conditions. However, most of the best destinations that people go to for a vacation are fully booked when it is on the best weather conditions. For a fact, when a location is in its peak season, travelling and getting a hotel room would absolutely be exorbitant. Some of the problems that you might encounter aside from the expensive rates are the dilemma on the availability of the flights, venue, and hotel rooms. You will definitely have to sacrifice the solemnity of your wedding because the place is overly-crowded with people. If it would mean the world to both of you to hold the wedding on that specific location, then it would be as smart decision to wait until the peak season dies down because it would definitely save you from all unnecessary costs while enjoying the venue and its wonderful weather.
Hire a local or an in-house wedding planner.
Planning a destination wedding is quite daunting and it would be best to hire someone who is, without question, familiar with the venue and who has the best connections in terms of different vendors catering to weddings and other occasions of the same nature. Hiring a professional wedding planner will help you have your wedding perfectly personalized to meet your taste and lifestyle. Some would suggest that you take some wedding packages; however, the limitations of these packages would result to some issues and prevent you to have all the details planned according to what you have envisioned your dream wedding would be. Beforehand, you should make your research and look into the wedding planner’s portfolios. By doing so, you’ll be able to know whether her style suits your distinctive taste and her ideas would level up to your standards.
- Coordinate with the resort or the hotel of your choice for any events that will be taking place that same weekend when you are planning to hold your wedding. This is because of the fact that most luxurious beach hotels would have several weddings and other events going on at the same day. There won’t be any problem having other weddings on the other side of the beach resort, but if there are scheduled corporate outings and team buildings, there will definitely be distractions because some people will be doing some water sports or banana boat rides in the ocean while your wedding is going on. Aside from the fact that it could distract you and your guests, there would be some photo bummers that could be captured while your photographers do the photo shoots.
Planning a destination wedding should be done in as early possible time as possible.
Approximately about 18 months should be the best time, but it would also be great to plan an away-from-home wedding event for 2 years the most. This will allow for detailed preparations and if in case untoward events should transpire, there will be time to look for another location or move the date and inform the invitees about certain changes. And early preparations would also allow ample time for the guests to save up for the travel and accommodation expenses; all the guests should be informed at least 6 to 8 months before the wedding event.
One of the most important details that should not be missed is hiring a professional destination wedding photographer.
Although some would suggest hiring an on-site professional wedding photographer because of additional costs and charges, it would still be best to fly your own destination wedding photographer to the location. It would definitely be great to have all your pre-nuptial photos be of the same style and taste with the photographs taken during the actual wedding. Another best benefit of hiring a destination wedding photographer from your area is that you have already developed the confidence in them and you wouldn’t feel awkward while they capture your photos.
These are only some of the essential destination wedding preparations that every couple should think over to prevent wedding day disasters. However, putting much emphasis on hiring wedding photographers for your destination wedding is truly something that couple’s should focus on because your wedding photographs would be the best mementos that could depict each blissful teary moments felt by you and the people who witness that memorable union of your heart and soul in holy matrimony.