Are you planning your wedding right now? Thinking about having it a little far from home so you can build in a vacation? Then you’re definitely in good company. The down economy is making people try to bundle as much as possible, whenever possible. Building your vacation along with your dream wedding just sounds like a good idea. There are many last minute travel deals and even some good deep discounts on regular travel that this makes sense.
If you are living in an area where your family isn’t really responsive to what you want, then a destination wedding makes even more sense. Not everyone will have the resources to attend, so the guest list will almost certainly write itself. You just need to make sure that you are willing to step up and plan as soon as possible. This is because the destination wedding is a little more complex, and you don’t want to try to wait till the last minute.
One of the top things that you will want to have is a good list of vendors that are willing to work with you. If you’re not using a wedding planner, that’s fine, but you will need to be much more organized than if you had a planner to coordinate things. You have a lot of moving parts with a wedding, and that complexity grows once you talk about flying in all of the supplies. You need to make sure that you have backup plans in place in case one of the suppliers doesn’t come through. Do you really want to avoid having a wedding cake on your special day because it didn’t come in on time? Some things might have to be put on a plane — what would you do if the plane got delayed?
This is very important when it comes to your guest list as well. Not everyone will be able to attend. If you’re someone that would be offended if your best friends didn’t attend your wedding, you want to make sure that you focus on handling that. If you don’t, there could be some hurt feelings. You’re going to just have to make everyone aware that you really want to get married in a certain place, and you will need to ensure that you make that happen. It’s your day, and no one else’s.
A destination wedding is going to be a bit more expensive. If you’re very budget conscious, you really need to make sure that you crunch the numbers to make sure that you’re actually able to afford it. Nobody wants to step back and realize that they’ve gone over their budget. If you’ve already signed contracts with suppliers and vendors alike, that could spell trouble down the road.
Speaking of contracts, make sure that you don’t sign anything without really reading it over first. Most vendors are pretty straightforward, but you want to make sure that you read up on what happens if they don’t deliver, or if you fail to pay them in a certain timeframe. They can end up keeping things like your wedding photos or even the structure of your wedding cake, and just use it for a different client with some slight modifications. They will do whatever they need to do in order to make their money back.
You need to really consider every angle of a destination wedding, but we’re not trying to scare you off. In fact, we’ve seen quite a few of these weddings turn out great. But they were certainly not last minute. Planning very early is really the key to making it work. Good luck and congratulations on your upcoming wedding!