With brides dreaming of saying their “I do’s” with their toes in the sand, destination weddings are becoming more and more popular. Maybe you have a destination in mind, or maybe you are just toying with the idea. This article will give you some tips for planning your dream destination wedding.
Choose a less popular month to get married if you want to save money. Most people get married between May and December. At this time, it will be more costly to book a venue for your wedding. If you need to book during this time, make sure you book far in advance to get the best deal.
Pick food for your wedding that YOU enjoy. Don’t worry about what your guests think, it’s your day to enjoy! The only thing you should consider, is if you were a vegetarian, then you should offer a few meat options to your guests and not force a tofurken on them.
Choosing your spouse is obviously the biggest decision you will make. Never rush into this decision that will change your life. Make a detailed list of the things that endear this human to you, and likewise the things that you may not appreciate so much.
Do not let family and friends tell you how your wedding should or shouldn’t be. Many times, people who are getting married let their family influence their decisions and they end up unhappy with the way their big day turned out. If you require help with your wedding, hire a wedding planner.
Don’t get drunk! If you don’t want your guests getting inebriated and making a scene, then you don’t want to behave like that either. Keep your alcohol intake to a minimum so you can actually remember the night you had for the rest of your life and not end up on the nightly news.
As you are planning your wedding and stressing about the cost and details, take some time to talk to some of your recently-married friends, both female and male, to help put things in perspective. Ask what the best and worst aspect of the day was for them, what they wished they had invested more time and money in and what, in retrospect, was a waste of effort. If you can get some feedback from those who have been through it before you, you can save a lot of heartache freaking out about the color of the tissue insert in your invitations and deal with what really matters.
This person might be a dedicated friend or family member; he or she will be tasked with toting your gear. They can also be of assistance in rounding everyone up for the group photographs, and this will make sure no one is left out.
If you have your heart set on a destination wedding, make sure you choose the end location carefully. You’ll want to pick a place that is meaningful to both of you, but also consider how many people will be able to afford to join you. You may choose a location closer to home to ensure your family can be there.
For brides-to-be, make sure to ask the store where you are getting your dress how long it will take to alter it. You may even want to ask them to sign a contract stating that your dress will be ready in time. Many women have been stuck having to wear an emergency dress because their dress was not altered in time for their wedding.
Start your wedding guest list off huge, and then cross people off as you think of excuses for not inviting them. Soon enough you should have a manageable list which you can afford to invite, and good reasons for not inviting the people you have removed from the list, reducing your guilt.
When considering how many ushers you’ll need to seat people at your ceremony, know that the common standard is using approximately one usher for every fifty people. In a smaller venue you may only need one usher, especially if the aisle is small and only one group can be seated at a time. Think ahead!
You can have a sit down dinner if you desire, however, a buffet meal will be less expensive. The labor cost associated with a sit down dinner can be very pricey because of the staff needed to accommodate the service needs. By offering buffet style you can allow your guests a bit more freedom and save much needed dollars.
If you find yourself getting stressed in the process of planning your impending nuptials, consider taking some time away from the process for a bit of rest and relaxation. A day at the beach for the bride and groom or a day spent doing something you enjoy can help replenish you.
Ask your friends, family, and co-workers to find out what skills they have that can help you with your wedding. For example, your best friend might have worked as a florist and a cake decorator, one cousin could be a DJ and the other a photographer, and maybe your Grandmother is willing and able to do all the catering!
You can use Craigslist to locate talent in your area. Be sure to meet in person, and bring your groom along for safety, prior to handing over any money.
If you want an outdoor wedding, think about the weather. Make sure your guests have enough shade or protection from the wind or rain depending on the season. Do not impose a dress code that is inappropriate for the season. Follow weather forecasts and let your guests know what the weather is going to be like.
When planning your wedding make sure you stand out the most, but don’t forget to make your bridesmaids look good too. Many bridesmaids love this part of the wedding. Pick a dress that is reasonable in cost, and will be a good fit for everyone in your wedding party to avoid hurt feelings.
As stated at the beginning of the article, destination weddings are becoming more and more popular. Couples are tying the knot all over the world, creating lasting memories. Hopefully this article has answered some of your questions, and given you some great ideas for planning the destination wedding of your dreams.