Tiss the season to start planning your destination wedding abroad. We’ve had a busy fall planning weddings in all four corners of the world. My most demanding bride this fall has been none other than my very own daughter. All kidding aside as she’s a pretty easy-going bride to work with. However, her travel arrangements will be one of my classic destination wedding scenarios, whereby the wedding destination will need much initial careful consideration. So as we start our planning process, I thought I’d share with you my; Inspiration – 6 must do’s when planning your wedding abroad.
1) Pick the location
With guests mainly coming from Sydney, Australia and Vancouver, Canada, a Bali or Los Cabos, Mexico destination will most likely be the two areas of consideration. Have you given thought to where all of your guests may be flying from? It’s no problem if it feels complicated; this is where we excel. Start by gathering a list of your favourite family and friends that you can’t live without at your wedding. Write singles, couples and, most importantly, where they will be flying from to attend.
Flights from the UK to Cancun, Mexico, usually are about ten to eleven hours, so that is a consideration for older guests as well as guests who may be bringing younger children and infants. Heathrow to Cypress is going to run you about four and a half hours with usually one stopover. Both destinations are top-rated for destination weddings and sometimes what separates one from the other is merely the overall convenience and budget. With a plethora of destinations and resorts worldwide, we are helping to help fine-tune the world for your particular wedding wants and needs.
2) Decide how many guests will be attending
This can be a bit tricky initially for couples. They want to invite as many guests as possible, yet aren’t sure of which guests will attend for sure and how many children, elderly or budget-conscious guests will be attending. This is where a bit of guesswork will need to be done by the couple and the golden rule is always “who are the must have’s,” at your wedding. Sometimes this means altering your dates due to a teacher or parent with older children in school. Or even changing your chosen location due to guests’ budget concerns. Have a must-attend list is the first call to action in planning your wedding abroad.
3) Budget, what will it all cost?
One of the most significant considerations for the budget is how much will it costs guests to attend. Many of our couples feel that money is no foreseen object when it comes to the accommodations they are seeking for their weddingmoon. However, couples are keenly aware that the budget may come into play for their guests. I often recommend a resort that can accommodate the budget of most guests who are want to attend but don’t want to break the bank but offer some wicked upgrades for those who can indulge. Preferred club sections, premium sections, swim-up suites, outdoor room jacuzzis are just the start of what is available out there. Most importantly, these considerations are what you are going to want to put at the top of your wedding resort wish list.
4) Activities, relaxation or the best of both?
You are going to want to get a list from your agent specialist of all the resorts you have shortlisted as to what they offer activity-wise. Some primary considerations are if the resort offers a nightclub, late-night bars, nightly entertainment and proximity to other local bars and restaurants. The further the resort is from a lively town or tourist location, the more you will want these additional activities available on the property. For some, the daily resort activities such as snorkelling, diving, swimming, pool bars are crucial. For others, the night time party scene is what excites them most about a holiday destination. We can help with finding that perfect property that meets all the needs you and your group have for your holiday fun.
5) Now, what about the overall wedding costs?
When it comes to all-inclusive resorts located mainly in Mexico and the Caribbean in general, the cost savings can be significant. This is due to all the inclusions such as free room, complimentary packages at select resorts, unlimited alcohol included in reception costs. Pending the size of your group and the resort wedding package you choose, and the travel supplier you go with can all make a big difference in your overall wedding costs. It’s challenging to sift through these numerous options all on your own. We highly recommend working with a very experienced travel agent wedding specialist who can fast track through these options to fine-tune to your wants and needs.
6) The absolute must-do when it comes to having a destination wedding?
Have a ton of fun. This is your moment that you have been waiting for, perhaps for a lifetime — the opportunity to start your life together with your chosen mate. Though the planning may seem daunting, a destination wedding is relatively simple when you put your hands in an experienced, knowledgable wedding planner. Our goal is to create wedding memories that will last a lifetime for you and your group. Let us do all the hard stuff, and you can relax and look forward to your dream holiday wedding in your chosen location.