So you have decided to have a destination wedding? Well, we don’t blame you. Nothing can compare to the excitement and romance of jet-setting to say "I do". While the planning process for a destination wedding is some what the same when compared to a traditional Indian wedding, there are a few important things you need to consider before getting started.
Luckily, DreamzKraft – the best destination wedding planners have put together a comprehensive wedding checklist that will to help you navigate through the logistics and smoothly sail to your happily ever after. Take note, Ladies!
1. SET A BUDGET
Set a budget so you’ll know how much you can spend to make your dream wedding come to life. In doing so, you’ll also be able to figure out what destinations you can afford. After all, some destinations are costlier than others. Also don’t forget to include travel expenses like airfare and accommodations.
2. RESEARCH, RESEARCH AND RESEARCH
If you’re planning a destination wedding, you may already have a destination in mind. For example, if you both met in New York, you might be ready to tie the knot there. Or if you love vacationing together in Thailand, that might be on your radar too. Just be sure to consider the factors like the weather of the destination you’ve chosen.
3. PREPARE A GUEST LIST
Prepare your dream list but then be realistic. Will your “Bade Dadu” or “Gaon wali Mausi” be willing and able to fly to New York or Thailand? No Right! Keep the list small from the start if you have a modest budget.
4. PLAN A SCOUTING TRIP
Scout venues/hotels in person before making a decision. Meet vendors, do food tastings, hair, makeup trials, cake, flowers, music and catering, as you may want to incorporate some traditions native to the locale where you’re tying the knot.
5. ALERT GUESTS
Give your closest friends and family an early heads up about your destination wedding plans so that those closest to you can be sure to be part of your big day.
6. HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER
It’s important to hire a wedding planner—someone who comprehends your vision and who can be your eyes and ears at your destination. When it comes to international matters and planning from afar, a seasoned professional is essential in helping you manage the process.
7. GET THOSE EARLY BIRD DEALS
The earlier you book, the cheaper it is! Don’t forget to purchase your airline tickets and book a block of hotel rooms beforehand.
So dear brides, tick off these things before you start planning for your Indian destination wedding.