Today’s post is going to be slightly different for I shall be talking about destination weddings. I know, in times like these it might seem crazy to talk of such things but it doesn’t hurt to spread a little optimism, right? Reading and talking about weddings is always accompanied by smiles and blushes because it is one of the most beautiful occasions in the world.
Now, the idea of a destination wedding appeals to all of us but most of the time we are not aware of the ground realities- the amount of time, effort and money that goes into planning those rituals on a beach or any mesmerizing corner of the world. Now, I’m no wedding expert but after all that I’ve read, here are a few things that I’d advise you to keep in mind if you are interested in celebrating your big day with a view. (apart from the budget obviously)
Unless you have a gold mine, you can’t invite a ridiculous number of guests to a destination wedding. And for most who plan to get hitched in front of a divine scenery, wish to share the moment with only a special few. So a destination wedding wouldn’t be an ideal choice for those planning a big fat Indian wedding. Therefore, before deciding on that you need to set your priorities straight and then go ahead.
What about the destination?
Choose your wedding destination well in advance. Of course, there are many popular destinations that you can choose from but sometimes taking the road not taken might lead to a hidden haven which can be the location of your dreams. So don’t be afraid to explore, shortlist and finally settle on the one that makes your heart skip a beat! There are a number of hidden beaches, solitary hills that are waiting to be explored. However, you must keep the convenience of accommodation and travel of your guests and yourself in mind before finalizing the location. Once you’ve finalized, try to find the best deal to book the wedding destination because booking the venue is just the beginning of the expenses. You can find wedding venues in your city & budget, check for their pricing and reviews, location & pictures to shortlist the ones you want to visit and book. So, it’s essential that you book it in advance and at the right price. Which brings me to my next point…
Wedding planner to your rescue
Just like we need an architect to chalk out the house of our dreams, if you’re planning on a destination wedding, I suggest you do not dive into it without a wedding planner. They are the experts and will drive you smoothly through your wedding, saving a lot of time and stress. Depending on your budget and needs, go for a full-service planner who looks after every intricate detail of the wedding. After doing some research I found that there is also an option of hiring a wedding planner who offers assistance only in deciding the location, along with the list of local vendors or service providers to choose from. It’s great if you can find someone local to the location rather than an outsider like yourself since he/she will know their way around. Have healthy compatibility between you and the wedding planner so that you understand each other’s vision and work accordingly.
Have them save the date
It’s easier said than done but if you are going to have a wedding with a view, try to have your guests save the date well in advance. After all, you don’t want any of the special ones you’ll be invited to miss out on your big day because of various unprecedented problems. Guests can book their tickets conveniently, plan their other appointments accordingly and there is also a scope of making adjustments in case someone is having any problem.
So, I hope if anyone of you have future plans for a destination wedding, these points will come in handy. After all, it’s going to be your big day; it has got to be absolutely special!