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Destination wedding: How far ahead should you start planning?


We hope if you follow the tips we have listed below for you, there are great chances, the process will get a lot easier for you.


One thing people delightfully love is turning things and events special. Some of the classic examples include surprises on birthdays, making memorable moments on the last day of college, and an otherworld present for the date. Do you know what we are missing? Weddings. A marriage ceremony is one of the most important events in an individual's life. This is the day that symbolizes love, promise, and truthfulness. Of course, it needs to be extra special. 

How do you make a wedding special? Well, you have got to choose a story-full destination. Besides having decorations, fragrant flowers, and lovely guests, you need a place that truly completes your wedding experience. Though destination weddings are very popular in current times, not many people know how to go about it and hence drop the idea. You certainly do not want that to happen. 

Here’s what you should do
Don’t worry, we have got your back! With the help of this article, we have put together some of the most important things that you should know about planning a destination wedding. If you follow the methods listed below you can be sure of a great wedding at an awe-inspiring venue that will never fade away from your memory. Without taking any more of your time, let us have a look through it:

Make sure where & when
Earth is full of beautiful places, but which one are you going for? What is it that you have in your mind - someplace exotic, lavish, or naturally charismatic? You will need to fix the place of the wedding early because almost all the arrangements will depend on where it is - from guest invitations, decorations, to the hotel bookings. 

Photo by Shardayyy Photography on Unsplash

This is, in fact, one of the very first steps in the process. Besides ascertaining the destination for your wedding, you also need to find the most fitting date for it. The date should be chosen in accord with the suitability of the weather, and availability of guests, etc. For example, if you are considering Goa for your marriage, you should ideally go with the autumn date so that you can enjoy the beaches and breezes to the fullest with a beautiful backdrop. 

Make sure all that you require is available
After you have selected the date and spot for your big day, in the next step, you must make sure that everything you want can be made available at your wedding. It could be regarding food, decorations, destination wedding dresses, orchestra, or any other thing. No space for compromises! Arrange meetings with all your service providers and vendors. Tell them everything that you have in mind, and ask if they can do it. Post that, you can devise your budget plans and all that is needed to get the balls rolling. You must write details of everything you are promised.

Make sure to negotiate the expenses upfront with your vendors. Oftentimes, there are dozens of hidden charges that they hesitate to state, hence you must inspect carefully to ensure the cost does not spiral out of control. 

Notify your guests
Many people take it to the very end, but let’s be clear that may not be the best thing to do. To ensure convenience and enough time for your guests to make their travel arrangements, you need to inform them about your wedding quite in advance. Although it mostly depends on where your guests live and what their professions are, you should give them at least 8-12 months to prepare themselves for your destination wedding. 

One more thing that you must keep in mind is that you do not need to make their travel reservations. Instead, what you can do is to give them a travel guide so that their experience remains seamless throughout and throughout. In addition to that, provide your guests with all the necessary details about the spot of the wedding such as the address, duration of stay, and weather conditions so that they can pack accordingly. 

Visit in advance
Before you go ahead with the bookings and everything, make sure you see the venue. Ideally, you will need to visit the venue 3-4 months before the wedding so that you can check all the boxes of requirements and details in the process. Even after you book the place, there may still be some more things that would need to be done. Therefore, you should arrive at the location at least a week early. This way, you can make all the important decisions regarding decorations and guest arrangements, etc. Aside from that, when you arrive early, you will have enough time to have hair and makeup trials. 

Hire a planner
No matter how hard you try, you may still encounter some inefficiencies and problems in the process. Well, in that case, you should get a wedding planner or coordinator that specializes in destination weddings. They take the reins in their hands and make sure everything goes as you intend. Besides that, they know the knack of getting the cost cut significantly on a variety of aspects. What is great about a planner is that they can arrange all the things that you demand whether it is special flowers or celebrity performance. 

This is your big day, and you are going to be spending a lot. You have to start with basic planning regarding the location and date of the wedding because that is what the bulk of it will depend on. Further, you can go with making all the necessary arrangements. Meet your vendors, and see what they are offering and at how much. In case you still bump into problems, it’s better that you hire a wedding planner to help you with all. 

We hope if you follow the tips we have listed above for you, there are great chances, the process will get a lot easier for you. Which destination have you got in your mind for your big day?

Main photo by Jeremy Wong Weddings on Unsplash


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