So, you just got engaged and are waiting to say I do. You and your fiancé want a romantic, stress free, and affordable affair, and have chosen a destination wedding. Now what?
There’s a short list of things you must do right away to ensure an amazing and unforgettable experience. First things first: choose a destination that will give you the wedding of your dreams. There are so many Caribbean locales all with incredible resorts and breathtaking views. Start by thinking of places that provide the scenery you’re looking for, evoke a sense of romance, and accommodate all of your guests. Once you’ve selected the perfect island destination, you’re ready to notify family and friends and start planning.
Here are 5 details to consider early on:
Notify guests well in advance—9 to 12 months is customary for a destination wedding. Also, be sure to let them know if it’s an adults-only event.
Consider the budget of your guests when choosing a resort. Can your VIPs afford to attend (i.e. parents, siblings, wedding party, etc.)? What can the remainder of your guests reasonably afford?
Choose simple, understated decor. Save money on flowers and centerpieces and let the beauty of the island set the tone.
Think about the weather when dress shopping and selecting clothing for your bridal party. You’ll want to make sure everyone is cool in the Caribbean sun and comfortable to dance the night away at the reception.
Hire a travel professional. Let an experienced agent specializing in destination weddings manage travel plans for your guests and assist with the details of your day.
Early planning is essential for a destination wedding. You want your guests to have plenty of time to plan for your special day and now is a great time to start. Contact I Wish Weddings by Vacation Coordinators and we can help you select the perfect destination and get started with planning your dream wedding.
To get more tips for planning a destination wedding, check out How to Plan A Destination Wedding: 11 Tips to Consider and Wedding Bells: 8 Tips for Planning a Destination Wedding.