Just Breathe Travel
If you’re recently engaged you may be deciding exactly what kind of celebration you want and where. Destination weddings are one of the fastest growing types of celebrations and they can be especially intimate, memorable and cost-effective, but they also require a lot of research beforehand. Before you say ‘I do’ to a tropical Destination Wedding in the Caribbean, I encourage you to do some serious thinking.
1. Prioritize what's most important to you.
List your wedding must-haves and things you could skip from the beginning. If having all of your extended family at your wedding is a must and you know some of your relatives won't be able to make the trip, then a destination wedding possibly isn’t for you. You have to go into this process knowing that you won't be able to please everyone. Be confident in the reasons you are traveling abroad. Your wedding is about celebrating your marriage, and you have to do what you feel is right for both of you.
2. Invest in a planning trip.
If you can, I would recommend planning a trip to your wedding destination the same time of year that your nuptials will take place. This way you know what exactly to expect.
3. Timing is everything.
You would be surprised how many of your wedding decisions come down to dates and times: peak season vs. off-season, morning vs. evening.
If you are willing to go off-season, you can save money! You have to think about all your guests and their budgets.
4. Hire a Travel Consulant
A destination wedding can be an extremely intimate and special way to start your life as husband and wife, but you shouldn't rush into it blindly. Consider hiring a Travel Consultant who specializes in destination weddings. They have a vast knowledge and wealth of resources that will make the process completely seamless, stress-free and enjoyable. Leaving the organization of a Group Trip to a Travel Specialist, takes a big load off you!
5. Decide whether to hire local vendors or bring your own.
Local vendors know the area, they may have worked at your chosen venue before and won't charge travel fees. However, some brides prefer to pay for outside vendors to travel to their wedding. If you're going to a huge tourist destination, you might not have a problem finding a talented team whereas if you're heading to a remote island, then you might have to fly everyone over. The most important thing is to get recommendations from real brides, interact with your vendors face-to-face beforehand (even if it's just through Skype), and know that you trust them.
6. Respect local customs and anticipate potential communication differences with vendors.
You decided on your destination because you either have a personal connection or were drawn in by its charm, beauty or romance. If it's a new country to you for many reasons, then research acceptable customs and practices. Also, the time difference will come into play when interacting with vendors. Don't expect to receive same-day responses with a nine-hour time difference and event staff that are part-time or seasonal.
Most of all, enjoy it! Planning a destination wedding will be one of the most fun experiences that you will ever share with your family and friends.
7. Be open-minded.
When it comes to details like décor, rentals, hair, makeup, and flowers, says Jackson, “you can’t expect to find the same options you’d have access to at home. It helps to go into the planning process open to new ideas. Try incorporating the local culture of the location to make it different and unique to the destination.”
8. Share the detailed itinerary early.
Be sure to give guests plenty of information in advance so that they have adequate time to take time off work & save.