It’s been an exciting week with our wonderful fall couples contacting us to get all the best info on how to plan a destination wedding. What made it even more interesting was that my daughter was one of those lovely brides! I’ve planned hundreds of destination weddings over the years and each and every one of them has been just as special as the next. When it comes to my daughter’s destination wedding, all the same principles and practices I use with my couples, as well as my agents, come into play here. Here is my Destination Wedding Inspiration-6 fantastic must do’s. First things first, where to go!
1. Pick the location
2. Decide how many guests will attend
I know there are a plethora of options, and every couple wants their wedding to stand out from the crowd. The pressure certainly is on for me as the bride’s mother, who also happens to own a destination wedding travel agency. However, the first thing I needed to ask my daughter is how many guests she is expecting to come from her and her fiance’s present home in Australia. It really should be one of the first questions your travel agent asks you! This really helps define what area will work best for guests coming from, in my case, Canada and Sydney, Australia. We’ll need to find a happy medium in terms of travel time to destination for all guests. And don’t forget to send “save the date” cards! For a destination wedding, 8 to 12 months in advance is ideal.
3. Decide on Budget
When it comes to Paige’s wedding, the ideal location will be either Bali or Los Cabos, Mexico. Looking at the Pacific Ocean somewhere is the only way to go when it comes to family coming from Vancouver and Sydney! Now that being said, how is that going to affect the overall budget?
Let’s talk about dollars and travel sense. What draws so many couples to have a destination wedding is the fun, of course, but also the cost savings. I’m all about that and have helped brides for over a decade find that perfect property and destination that won’t break the bank. But also make your family history books as far as long-standing great wedding memories. All-inclusive properties are the perfect resort concept to book your wedding into for this reason. One great tip is to look at the resort wedding packages closely to see all the inclusions and, more importantly, what is not included. This is where I come in. Some properties really do offer a lot of value in regards to what you get and what you need, others not so much and we’re here to help.
Now, what about the fun!
4. Research resort amenities
I always advise my clients to look at all your shortlist of chosen resorts have to offer. How many restaurants, what activities do they include, do they have a nightclub and provide nightly entertainment. These are the types of on-site resort social events that can make a difference when it comes to keeping your parents, aunts, uncles and a wide range of other guests happy. I like to see at least four a la carte dining options and depending on where the resort is located, a nightclub, theatre, and what is available in terms of late-night bars. These are just a few of the essential details you’ll want to know before choosing your destination wedding property.
But what about the overall costs for all guests to attend?
5. Book your resort as early as possible
When it comes to total cost breakdown, this is where an experienced wedding travel agent can make all the difference. Research on overall flight costs is always a significant consideration when it comes to guests coming from different international destinations. Best to look at this early on before committing to any one particular destination or resort. Secondly, so many of my couples advise they can break the bank a bit when it comes to accommodations, but many of their guests may not. So what to do about this dilemma? Your dedicated agent can help with this as well. Many resorts offer very reasonable room accommodations with all the added all-inclusive in room and property inclusions, making it a very affordable holiday for guests. My favourite properties are the ones that offer this type of accommodations but also the upgraded preferred club or premium suites, for example. This allows for guests with all budgets to choose what works best for them and also will enable couples to step it up a bit with a swim-up room, outdoor jacuzzi or honeymoon suite!
Now onto the most important consideration in having a destination wedding.
6. Relax and have fun!
Relax and have fun! It’s amazing just how much fun destination weddings are. All couples stress about where to have their wedding and how to make it very special for all their guests, no matter what the resort or destination. What makes a destination wedding so spectacular and memorable are you and your guests altogether in one fun-filled resort. Enjoying all the fun and excitement a holiday can bring and of course, hands down celebrating the beginning of your lives together. That is what truly does create the most special weddings — gathering all those treasured loved ones under one sunny, fun-filled roof having the time of your lives.
So if you follow these – Destination Wedding Inspiration-6 fantastic must do’s – then you are well underway for the dream wedding you’ve always imagined.