Five Questions to Ask When Planning a Destination Wedding
There are several factors to consider when planning a destination wedding; budget, guest list, personalities of the bride and groom and style preferences.
1. What kind of wedding do I want to have? Now is the time to dream, you two lovebirds! What kind of people are you? Town or country? Casual or formal? Traditional or eclectic? Where have you always wanted to visit, but haven’t?
2. Will traveling to my location be financially possible for my guests? Give careful consideration to your guest list. If your nearest and dearest friends are just starting out in their careers, a big price tag on traveling to your destination wedding might not be in the cards for them, unless you are willing and able to offset some of those costs. If these are serious considerations, there are plenty of fabulous domestic destinations from which to choose. Tampa Bay, Florida, many locations in New England, the wine country of California and many points in between exist that will still offer plenty of magic for your special day.
3. How large is my guest list? The size of your guest list may dictate your choice of destination wedding venues. If you’re planning on a very large, say 100+ dinner, and you want to marry on a Caribbean island, finding a venue large enough may be an issue. There are, however, usually tourist-friendly locations that can accommodate larger wedding parties. More remote locations are generally more accommodating to smaller, more intimate gatherings.
4. How much control do I really require in planning this wedding? You will be essentially “planning away,” since you won’t actually be on location until a few days before the event. Some brides create a lot of stress for themselves by not being in control of every aspect of the event. If this is the case, perhaps choosing a destination that features a resort environment, with an established track record, would be just the ticket. Many venues that host weddings offer the availability of wedding packages, making the planning of your event smooth sailing. The only thing I would insist on is bringing in your own photographer, if photos are of high importance to you.
5. What is my budget for the wedding and how much of that can I devote to vendors? If you are selecting a more remote location and doing all of the planning yourself, a large portion of your budget may be taken up with accommodations and expenses for bringing in your own vendors. It would be advisable to look at locales that already boast great vendors and artisans to provide the services you require. If your heart is set on a beach wedding, places like Tampa Bay, or many other Florida locations, as well as Hawaii or Mexico are popular because of the sheer numbers of viable experienced vendors available to make your special day run as smoothly as possible.
Many, many couples have planned magical yet economical destination weddings and you can do it too by asking yourself and your partner these questions. Good luck!