How to plan the perfect destination wedding
Planning your wedding involves a lot of variables - money, location, guest list, and so on. In order to make things easier and more cost effective, many brides and their grooms are ditching the traditional and opting for a destination wedding instead.
According to the nuptial gurus at The Knot, weddings can cost roughly $20,000 and up, depending on where you live. Instead of spending that money on just one day, many people are looking to stretch their special moment into a special vacation. But this requires some destination wedding planning.
Destination weddings are a great idea, but they do require some planning. Below are several things to keeping mind when organizing your wedding in paradise.
keep it affordableOnly those closest to you will probably attend, so do them a favor and get them the best deal possible. Don't choose the most expensive resort available (unless everyone you know is filthy rich) and ask your hotel for group discounts. Some airlines will also provide discounts if tickets are bought in bulk. Most importantly, don't expect presents. Tell your guests that the money they are spending on the flight and hotel stay are gift enough.
give proper noticeYou already know the date works for you, because you picked it! However, you should make sure your guests have enough advanced time to take off work, arrange for child care and obtain the cheapest airfare possible. It's been suggested that eight months is the appropriate amount of notice.
This is also important if your destination wedding is out of the country and some of your guests don't have passports. Give them plenty of time to obtain one, which is currently four weeks from the time of application.