What to avoid when planning a destination wedding

November 14, 2014

Twenty four per cent of couples want to hold their nuptials in an exotic location, though destination weddings can easily turn into disasters. Here's what to avoid.

What to avoid when planning a destination wedding

1. Don't expect all of your guests to attend

  • It's the truth—destination weddings can be expensive. Between airfare, lodging, and other expenses, weddings held in unconventional locations can quickly become too costly for guests.
  • In order to prevent wedding day woes, have realistic expectations. Invite as many of your friends and family members as you want, but don't expect them all to be able to attend.
  • If possible, try to negotiate with your destination for inexpensive blocks of rooms or perks that will take a bit of the sting out of the bill they may foot to attend. Most of all, respect the limits of your friends' pocketbooks as you make your plans.

2. Don't micromanage from afar

  • When you're getting married in a remote location, it can be tempting to try to control every minute.
  • After all, you're paying a lot of money to travel to a place that's meaningful to you and your partner. Unfortunately, your attempts to control your big day from afar can backfire.
  • Since you won't be able to view and approve every detail before arriving on site, you might succumb to pre-wedding anxiety.
  • Instead of stressing, consider hiring a planner or take advantage of experienced hotel, catering and event planning staff at your destination. Relax and leave the details in their capable hands.

3. Don't abandon your guests

  • When friends and family pack their bags and follow you to a far-flung location for the wedding of a lifetime, it's only fair to make sure they're satisfied and comfortable.
  • If you're planning a destination wedding, try to include some extra TLC for your bridal party and guests.
  • A welcome party or reception can help orient newcomers to what might be an unfamiliar location.
  • Plan thoughtful favours to thank them for their presence. Showcase the destination you've chosen with casual events like outings, meals, and group activities.
  • You may also want to put off your honeymoon in order to spend a bit more time with loved ones who have travelled great lengths to see you on your big day.
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