Weddings away are the new way to wed! A seven-day celebration in a picture-perfect destination is just one of the reasons why destination weddings are the growing trend. Remember to look for a Destination Wedding Specialist who’s specialized and knows all the ins and outs. Search for testimonials and don’t hesitate to ask for credentials. Make sure your Destination Wedding Specialist not only takes charge of the travel arrangements, but the wedding planning as well. The moments you’ll cherish the most, are the promises made with your toes in the sand.
Marsha Steeves (www.marshasteevesdestinationweddings.com)
12-15 months before
•Find a Destination Wedding Specialist
•Check out their credentials and feel free to ask for testimonials.
•Prepare for your consultation:
Start by choosing the date.
Make an informal headcount and take note of where each guest resides.
Consider potential destinations and resorts: do you have a more intimate experience in mind, or will you be a large group looking for lots of activities?
12 months before
• Send your electronic or paper invitations or create your own wedding website.
• You’ll need to make travel deposits in order to benefit from applicable early booking savings and advantages.
• Venues should always be booked first: if you have your heart set on that gleaming white gazebo overlooking the ocean, have your Destination Wedding Specialist book it before someone else does!
• Decide on a civil, religious or symbolic wedding and have your planner book a priest or minister accordingly. Your planner will know the wedding requirements as they vary by destination.
8-12 months before
• Work with your Destination Wedding Specialist to find the right photographer and book them – the best ones can get booked quickly!
• Choose the wedding gown as well as the attire for the groom and the wedding party.
6 months before
•Decide on the flowers, décor, music, lighting and menu.
•Follow up with guests who have not yet RSVP’d.
•Buy your rings.
2-4 months before
•Schedule fittings and alterations for the bride, the groom and wedding party.
•Decide on any other activities on or off site that you may want to include during the week, like bachelor and bachelorette parties, excursions, rehearsals, etc.
•Have hair and makeup appointments schedules for the day of the wedding.
1 month before
•Final dress fitting for the bride and bridesmaids.
•Review and confirm your wedding contract.
1-3 days after arrival
•Meet with your on-site wedding planner to see the venues in person and go over what was booked.
•Meet with the photographer to review your preferences and requirements and get a feel for working together.
•Rehearsals are always recommended, preferably in the same venue as your ceremony.
Day before departure
Throw a farewell party: any excuse is a good excuse to spend more time with loved ones before heading home or beginning of your honeymoon!