You've decided to have a destination wedding, which means one thing: you want to be able to get married in a gorgeous setting in front of all your closest family and friends, have a fun time, and give everyone an experience no one will forget!The reality is you also have a budget to follow and you don't need to waste a bunch of time trying to decide what you should splurge on and what you should spend less on for your destination wedding. You will have to make some tough choices when it comes to your destination wedding, so in this post, I’m going to show you exactly what you SHOULD be splurging on for your destination wedding.
Schedule Unique Events Centered Around Your Guests:
Another area you definitely want to splurge on, is any type of special event you are going to host at the resort venue: Maybe your own special welcome reception, complete with your own unique mixologist or specialty cocktail made exclusively for your wedding group. You may want to have a fire show put on for your group or your own special beach party. You may want to go on a special excursion to a historic sight, play a round of golf at a championship golf course, or do rum or tequila tasting! Host a beach bonfire where your friends and family not only enjoy welcome drinks but s'mores by the fire! Whatever is unique to your group. You want it to be quality all the way to ensure that everyone in your group creates memories that will last a lifetime! Besides everyone traveling for your big day, adding these sort of experiences as a way to say "thank you" for spending the money to celebrate with us will go a long way. It will make attending your destination wedding a truly unique and memorable one for your guests.
Reserve the Bridal Suite:
It's your big day, pamper yourself! Most all inclusive resorts have a Bridal Suite onsite to get ready in. Having the space to spread out and enjoy the final hours with your besties while getting ready and getting excited to walk the aisle will provide to be totally worth the splurge! Usually light refreshments and hors devours will be available too. While the cost of renting the bridal suite varies by resort and is usually a flat rate, I have found this to be a truly reasonable investment for our brides and really worth the splurge! Who does't want to feel like a princess on their wedding day?
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Book A Suite for your Stay:
So above I mentioned the bridal suite! But where does your other half and his/her friends get ready? This always happens in one of the guest rooms and it's likely to be yours. So if you have the means to do it, spend the extra money on a suite that offers more space and amenities so everyone is able to enjoy this moment.
Have Unforgettable Reception Entertainment:
You definitely want to splurge on your entertainment for your reception. This was the main event, that everyone traveled to celebrate, and giving them rocking receptions will culminate your entire destination wedding on a high note! Make sure you can have input on the music list, and either you or your destination wedding designer should vet the DJs by looking at their reviews, and talking to the resort wedding coordinator, to make sure you book the DJ you think will do the best job for your reception. Getting a lighted dance floor always adds a flash of fun and color to the mix. Book an end of the night fireworks show or fire dancers to send your guests home on a high they won't forget from your wedding celebration!
Splurge On Your Wedding Photographer and Videography:
Let's be honest, your wedding day is a once in a lifetime experience, and can only be brought to life again through storytelling, videos and pictures! Most couples are extremely happy they splurged on capturing their day so they can relive it for a lifetime. Our resort partners have vendors that do this day in and day out - they know the venues, landscapes, the lighting and the special effects to create digitized lasting memories for you. When you are getting married in a gorgeous tropical location, with powder white sand, turquoise blue water, and lush green palms, you want the beauty of your special day to come through in your photos and videos. You’ll also want a photographer and videographer who is a true professional and knows how to capture those special moments throughout the day that others would miss: after all, these digital creations represent one of the best days of your life.
Save Your Sanity + Hire a Destination Wedding Specialist and Travel Advisor:
Having a travel expert that specializes in destination wedding travel + planning will be your best resource, friend and advocate. Not only do they understand the intricacies of destination weddings but they are pro’s when it comes to the handling the accounting of room blocks and logistics for your guests. You’ll benefit from their in-destination partnerships, contract knowledge and ability to put forth the best incentives.While yes, your wedding day is about YOU! A huge part of a destination wedding is all about your guests too so having that person to work one-on-one with each and everyone will be invaluable to your time and sanity.
So if you've decided on a destination wedding and are now exhilarated in the excitement of planning your special day, it's easy to get carried away with your spending. But keep in mind only certain elements need to be top-of-the-line and fairy tale-esque! I hope these suggestions will help you keep your budget in check while splurging on only those elements that are most important.
It can be both frustrating and overwhelming trying to figure out your destination wedding, but you don’t have to do this on your own! I would love to talk with you and see where I can help you get everything in place for your wedding so that you can just enjoy the wedding process! Schedule a free 45 Minute Consultation with me today!