20 Elements of a Successful Destination Wedding :: Day 1

June 4, 2009by Precious


1 :: Destination Wedding Road Map

Just as traditional weddings are planned and charted through a checklist system, destination weddings are no different.  All of our destination events are supplied with a Destination Wedding Road Map.  This road map contains a checklist of items that are covered from the beginning of the planning process until completion.  Not only does it simplify the process, but it also reduces the risk for unknown factors along the way.

2 ::  Advanced Location Research

The world is a blank canvas!  Where do you see your wedding painted?  Do you envision a tropical garden?  Then you may want to consider St. Lucia.  How about a chateau abroad?  Begin researching European destinations.  Maybe you are the popular beach bride.  Which ever the case, it’s important to begin research the minute you begin thinking about planning a destination wedding.

3 :: Compatibility

No, we’re not speaking in terms of couple compatibility.  Although that to is an element to consider 🙂 .  We’re speaking couple to destination wedding compatibility.  Think about it.  Do you handle change well?  How do you see yourself on your wedding day?  How important is it for your favorite Aunt Bessie to attend?  Are you a tense traveler?  Do you simply roll with the punches, because ultimately it’s the two of you that matters?  These are just a few things to consider.  We promise to release a compatibility quiz especially for you.  In the meantime, we suggest sitting down with all important parties to access your compatibility.  After all, destination weddings are not a fit for everyone.

4 :: Enlist Help of a Qualified Professional

An ideal resource would be a specialized destination wedding planner.  He or she will be familiar with both logistical aspects of the process (planning an event unique to you and maintaining the tedious travel arrangements for all parties involved).  When going route, one company can do the job of both.  If you can’t find a destination wedding planner that specializes in travel, enlist the help of both a travel agent and a destination wedding planner.  A good travel agent will steer you clear of road bumps along the way and assist you with the many details of getting everyone on location.  The destination wedding planner will be your go to person that will work closely with all parties involved.  He/she can be someone that you work closely with from your home town, or local to your destination.  A local planner adds the advantage of having the opportunity to make a personal connection.  This is invaluable when producing an event on foreign ground.

5 :: Early Booking

Generally, couples that plan a destination wedding tend to live by the moment.  Given that fact, they may not begin the planning process a year in advance.  I beg to differ!  Take the time to research, but also be prepared to book early on.  Travel, hotels, resorts and vendors begin booking events 330 days in advance.  What does this mean?  If you’re that beach bride we talked about earlier, you may be marrying at high noon on sizzling hot sand instead of the sunset romance you had in mind.  Prime time slots book quickly.

Tomorrow :: Day 2

[To your precious nuptial :: Cheers!]


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