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Destination Weddings 101

You’re in love! And now that you’ve decided to spend your life together, all that’s left is planning the wedding. And best of all, you’ve chosen to do something totally different – unlike what your parents did and what your friends are doing. A destination wedding is one of the most unique ways to be wed these days; and while most folks know a few things about what goes into planning a traditional, hometown wedding, very few know what has to be done to plan a destination wedding. So here’s a guide to what you need to know to plan an unforgettable destination wedding:

Start early
First and foremost, getting started early is a must-do. It’s recommended that you start making reservations 9 months in advance because many resorts have limited wedding space available and often sell out, especially during the busiest months like April, May, September and October. The earlier you book, the more likely it is that you’ll have your pick of venues and that block of ocean-view suites you’re dreaming of. Plus, planning early gives everyone invited more time to make their travel plans to be there for your special day. Secure your spot early and book your group to lock in those rates for your friends and family.

Pick a date after April 15
If your heart isn’t set on a certain date, pick one that’s after April 15. Rates drop after Spring Break and you’ll save money, which is always a good thing!

Take care of your guests
Although it’s not expected of you and your fiancé to pay for your guests’ trip, it is destination wedding etiquette for you to provide travel instructions that include flights, airport information and transportation details. If you can, it’s also great to try and offer the option of sharing transportation and accommodations between guests that know each other well. And if it’s possible to book a variety of rooms that are of different price levels, you’ll be a hero to those who have a tighter budget. Another great way to ensure that everyone attending feels like they are a treasured guest is to host a welcome party; beach BBQs and happy hours by the pool are definitely favorites.

Keep it local
When planning a wedding in paradise, it only makes sense to use the local vendors for food, flowers and music. It saves money and ensures that you’ll have the best of whatever your chosen destination specializes in.

Just the two of you
We all know the expression: “Too many cooks spoil the broth.” When it comes to planning your wedding, nothing could be more appropriate. Keep in mind that it’s your wedding and although some of your relatives may be miffed, it’s perfectly fine to keep the planning of this momentous occasion between the two of you. You’re the ones getting married after all. Of course, it’s up to you if you wish to take advice or get the opinions of others; but don’t feel pressured to heed it; the ultimate decisions should be made by you and your fiancé.

Work with an expert
Planning your destination wedding can be completely easy and stress free if you work with an expert. Consultants who know the destinations, resorts and have had extensive experience planning destination weddings will be able to guide you through every step of planning the perfect day. And because they’re well-versed in all the intricacies of a destination wedding, you’ll be assured everything will come off without a hitch.

Congratulations on choosing a destination wedding! Follow these steps on how to plan the most unforgettable celebration. And when you’re ready to get started, turn to Ask Me. We’re the experts at creating one-of-a-kind destination weddings in the most breathtaking locations.

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