If your plans are for a destination wedding, be sure to inquire about the availability of on-staff professional wedding planners, coordinators, and consultants. Their experience in organizing a multitude of weddings and receptions each year provides for outstanding advice, guidance, and cooperation.
Wedding Destination Venues
Many of the wedding services offered from these destination venues include flowers, cakes, menu planning, photographers and videographers, music selections and hiring a band or DJ.
Destination Wedding Resorts
These host wedding venues already have established working relationships with local vendors and services, and can save you a considerable amount of time. Their experience with local wedding service providers and vendors will assure you the best the area has to offer.
A destination wedding can be fun and affordable if you plan it well. A Vermont barn wedding or gathering at a country inn with a magnificent mountain view can be affordable for nearly any budget. A couple can fly to a Caribbean island, get married, stay at a nice hotel, and have meals and drinks provided for as little as $3,000. Since they are already in a romantic honeymoon spot, this saves them a little extra money to start their lives together. Here are a few things to take into consideration if you are still deciding whether or not a destination wedding is for you:
How many guests will you be inviting?
A few close friends and family members will be easier to bring with you, than a group of 50-100 guests. However, if each guest will be able to cover their own travel expenses, it may not be a problem.
Will you be able to get lodging discounts?
Your hotel reservations and airfare may be a little more affordable with group discounts or wedding discounts involved. A slower season will be far less costly than the normal vacationing months of May through November. Plan ahead of time and research different rates before you make your final decisions on how you will get there and where you will stay.
Is there a wedding consultant available in that area?
Hire a wedding consultant who is familiar with the vendors in the area of your destination wedding. This will save you a lot of time and energy to make sure that your wedding goes as planned.
Where will you be holding the ceremony and wedding reception?
If you choose a wedding location that has a lot of entertainment and activities in the area, it will do the entertaining for you. Many of your guests will enjoy their own private vacation after the wedding.
What type of legal requirements are there for marriage in that area?
Be sure to research the residency and marriage laws in the area of which you wish to hold your wedding, as well as the waiting period, the filing period, and the documentation items you will need. Many countries require medical tests, travel identification and passports, driver’s license and birth certificates, and may not even allow civil ceremonies. Do your research ahead of time to make sure that you will meet all of the needed requirements. Most importantly, re-confirm all of your plans a couple of weeks before the wedding, just to be sure that nothing goes wrong.