I don't have to find a caterer or DJ, do taste tests or look for decoration suppliers because all those companies are provided in the destination package I chose. While those details may bring bliss and joy for some, a girl like me enjoys keeping things simple.
When I got engaged the first thing I knew was that I wanted a destination wedding! The traveler in me wanted to ship off to a tropical island and celebrate our union with my closest friends and family. As I began to move forward in the planning process I quickly realized how perfect of a choice I had made.
I will humbly claim that I am NOT a planner. I am not super detail oriented although I try really hard to be. However, when choosing to have a destination wedding, after narrowing down a date and resort location (and your budget of course!) the rest is pretty easy breezy!
The resort wedding department assigned me a wedding coordinator who sent me over a load of documents with pictures, prices, and packages. Literally all I needed to do was sift through and choose the best setup, music, decor, etc for our vision and budget.
One of my lovely bridesmaids sent me a copy of “The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner & Organizer” by Carley Roney, this book allowed me to have a concise and organized view of what goes into a planning a wedding. I then realized how much work is lifted off of my shoulders since I chose to have a destination wedding.
I don’t have to find a caterer or DJ, do taste tests or look for decoration suppliers because all those companies are provided in the resort’s wedding package. While those details may bring bliss and joy for some, a girl like me enjoys keeping things simple. I wouldn’t suggest a destination wedding for those who like control over every detail unless your budget is on the heftier side!
To be honest, the resort I chose gave me plenty of options for food, decorations, music, lighting, etc that even the narrowed down choices were a bit overwhelming for me, but very do-able.
Of course, the wedding has not happened yet so I will be able to give you all a full scope of destination planning and outcome after the big day.
And if you are worried about budget, I have found that a small, intimate destination wedding can actually be cheaper than an in-state wedding depending on location of course. Under 10 guests can even get you a free wedding (when you book your honeymoon at the resort) and under 20 guests is very reasonably priced for a simple wedding package.
Another wedding planning life-saver for me was having a mentor! A friend of mine had just recently had a destination wedding in the exact country I desired and so she was able to provide me with tips and advice of all sorts! The truth is that a lot of wedding planning (like most things in life) is just trial and error. Having a recently married friend provide you with dress suggestions, tips on booking flights, room blocks and so on can really be of high value for us non-planners. I swear this girl has been my guardian angel! She gave me the deets on room blocking through destinationweddings.com and how to get group flight rates with some airlines. An experienced friend’s advice trumps the comments section any day!
Personally, I want our big day AND the planning of it to be a joyous, stress-free and happy occasion for me, my groom and my guests. That means foregoing the picture perfect wedding idea for less control and acknowledgement of what the day is really about- the love between my man and I. So far, planning a destination wedding is giving just that!