Is a destination wedding right for you?
It’s a big question…you have been thinking about it, love the idea but wonder about planning a wedding at such a distance.
Maybe you have already been to a destination on vacation and fell in love with it. Was it the first location that sprang to mind when you started thinking about your wedding? Perhaps you were discussing honeymoon locations with your travel agent and they suggested a destination wedding too? Have you just been to too many lovely, but uninspired weddings at home lately?
Where to hold your wedding is certainly a decision you should make with your heart AND your head. This is going to be one of the most amazing days of your life, one that expresses both your personalities and celebrates your love for each other. Forever more you should be remembering every moment of your wedding with a smile on your face and a fizzy feeling in your heart not thinking “it was nice but…”
There are things that you need to be able to tick off your list when considering that beautiful exotic locale for your wedding celebration:
Do you have some must have attendees? Make up a short list and see what their reaction is to traveling to be with you to celebrate your wedding. You may have some on the list who do not even possess passports or have ever been out of their country before. It may seem daunting to them at first but could be the start of a whole new widening of their life experiences? (This is the line to use if you really want to have your destination wedding and have them there!) Your nearest and dearest will in most cases appreciate your wish to do something a bit different that expresses your unique personalities and relationship and be happy to join you in your adventure. You may be surprised just who will pack their bags and join you!
If some of your must have attendees are not financially able to afford the trip is it in your budget to be able to cover part or all of their costs?
Tip to help your guests. Giving ample notice of a destination wedding is a must – send out your save the date cards when you confirm your main details 12 months out is a good time for this. That will enable your guests to budget and plan.
If some guests are not able to make the trip it can always be a great excuse for another party when you get home!
Eloping can be the perfect solution for a lot of couples who have their heart set on a destination wedding but also have other concerns or road blocks that are incompatible with their plans. Maybe you had a hard time whittling down the guest list? Budget constraints for you and your guests can be an issue or perhaps your ideal wedding day is an intimate ceremony – just the two of you and a lovely sunset cruise and delicious meal and champagne to celebrate.
Over everything your wedding should be FUN! When ever you think about your day you should be remembering with a smile.
Part two to follow (more tips and things to consider to help you decide if a destination wedding is right for you ………