Wednesday, August 15, 2012

How to Plan a Destination Wedding from A to J

Whatever the reason, destination weddings have become increasingly popular for couples of all types -- from those having a first-time wedding to those renewing their vows or getting married for the second time.  I keep hearing "we want to remove ourselves from the modern frenzy and slip into the mindset of a calm, loving weekend," so destination weddings, whether in Colorado or Brazil, can be the perfect choice.

How do I Plan a Destination Wedding?

Whether you are paying for just your own travel or helping to pay for others, I highly advise that you contact airlines going into the locale of choice and negotiate group rates.

Factor in how many guests you want, how much money you'll need for travel and how much money you'll need to start your new life afterwards. Set a realistic price range, one with some wiggle room either way. This will narrow down your choices while "shopping."

Most contracts are standard but never sign something you are unsure about. Make sure that dates, amounts, locations, times, appropriate dress, phone numbers, a detailed listing of the services provided and both parties' signatures are listed on the contract. If you have a lawyer handy it is always good to have the contract looked over.

Dresses typically take about four to six months to arrive, and usually need altering, which can take another month so allow for the time when ordering. Also, I highly suggest you don’t check your dress; take it on the plane with you.

Do not put your registry information on your wedding invitation. This information should go on shower invitations or by word of mouth. If you don't want children at your wedding, simply address the invitation to the parents alone. Do not put the words "No Children" on the invitation. You should always send out thank you notes as soon as possible.

Check with your florist about what flowers are in season during your wedding. You can save a lot of money by choosing seasonal flowers. If the wedding is in a tropical location or one that has lush landscapes, don't spend a lot of money on flowers but rather incorporate what Mother Nature has graciously provided!

Guest List
This is important for destination weddings. Figure out each guest's probable schedule and location. You want to plan your wedding to accommodate your high priority guests.

Planning a group outing that is fun and casual, and definitely host a hospitality suite where the guests can congregate. Wonderful gift baskets or room amenities, which are personalized, are also a very nice touch.

You never know what circumstance could arise to put a damper on your plans. So purchasing insurance is a good way to protect yourself and your investment.

This is a great gift to give your bridesmaids. Find jewelry that will complement their dresses, but will also be something they can wear after the wedding.

1 comment:

  1. Glad to know about this information on how to plan a destination wedding. I am planning to arrange my nephew’s wedding next month and looking for beautiful Seattle Wedding venues. Wish to find a best venue to arrange a grand wedding.