The world of destination wedding planning can be overwhelming and brings in a lot of factors you don’t experience elsewhere. It can leave you questioning, is a destination wedding right for me? Here are 7 key questions to ask when planning a destination wedding.
1. Let’s be honest. How much of a control freak are you?
There is a lot of ‘letting go’ when it comes to destination wedding planning.
You could be planning a destination wedding in a location you have never seen. Most of the finer details are only seen with 3 months to go. Your wedding coordinator is in another country and may not be as attentive to your needs as you would want.
Can you handle this? Can you go with the flow?
2. Guest list attendance – How important are your VIPS?
With a destination wedding, there is a chance that even your closest family members and friends will not be able to attend.
Before even considering a destination wedding, you need to see if this is a deal-breaker for you or your fiance. Talk to your VIP’s and see if they are open and willing to attend a wedding in another country.
Is Zika a concern? Will your guests be paranoid about safety? Is the overall cost and issue?
Communication is key with the key players for your wedding. This may (or may not) help you right off the bat figure out if you want a destination wedding.
3. Can you handle extended time with your guests?
A destination wedding means days worth of time with your family and friends.
Is this for you? Do you want extra time and special experiences where the two families can bond? Do you want a vacation (and potentially your honeymoon) with family and friends?
4. Formalities, are they for you?
Do you want a very formal event? This might be a little harder in a destination where everything is more relaxed and the climate is not as forgiving when wearing a 3 piece suit.
5. How important are wedding gifts?
If your guests are paying for airfare and hotel to attend your event, chances are you will not get the same type of gifts you would get at home.
Is this important to you?
6. What is your budget?
IS planning a destination wedding really cheaper?
Well, they can be.
If you are looking for more bang for your buck, a destination wedding can save you money! There are, of course, ways to go about saving money, but we can help guide you through this.
7. How private do you want your wedding to be?
Most beach settings do not afford total privacy. If a totally private wedding ceremony venue is of extreme importance, you will need to research the hotels in detail as not very many offer complete privacy.
Beaches in most countries are public, although the area within so many meters of the hotel will belong to the hotel, they cannot close it off to all hotel guests.
Your answers to the above questions will help you and your soulmate determine if planning a destination wedding is right for you.
Any doubts? Questions? Need a little help? Leave us a comment and we’ll make sure to get back to you.
Did you have a destination wedding and have any tips? We would love your feedback and will try our best to incorporate any ideas you have!