There’s just something so enticing and magical with destination weddings that just pulls soon-to-be wed couples like a vacuum. However, destination weddings are not all fun and excitement – it can also be stressful, expensive and overwhelming for couples and event planners.
Destination weddings are not made for the faint-hearted and it’s also not for the fickle-minded. While it would seem to be wise to plan ahead of time for a destination wedding, it would be best to work around a timeline of six months to one year before the wedding. Why? Because there might be unforeseen changes with the suppliers, the venue, the guests, etc.
Stop Being Fickle
Planning a destination wedding is like actually getting married — you have to be sure of your decision otherwise, there will be chaos and unnecessary expenses to be incurred. Once you have already chosen a venue, you will be asked to pay for a reservation fee, most of which are non-refundable. This goes for other suppliers as well, which is why you have to be sure before making a decision that involves money and contracts.
Work Around A Budget
It would be wise to have a budget with a clear breakdown of the things that you need to pay for the wedding. Working around your budget is the best thing to do to avoid stress but keep in mind that you also have to be flexible and prepared for some off-setting during actual haggling or negotiations with suppliers.
Appreciate The Location
Literally, destination weddings exist because of the beauty of the place or the location. Given this, it would be wise not to splurge too much on decorations. Guests are not expecting for a full-blown decorated site, anyway. The view or the location will work their charm to take your breath away.
Know The Climate
This is one of the important things to research when planning a destination wedding. Although the weather can’t be really predicted perfectly, it would be wise to at least get an idea of the local weather during the month of the wedding. That way, planners can work around the details of the wedding based on the climate.