Some of you might choose to plan a destination wedding because a particular destination has a lot of significance or meaning to you like a previous vacation there or where you got engaged. Or maybe you just don’t want to deal with all the hassles of planning a local wedding (and a guest list that expands, and expands to include your parents postman!), or perhaps you want to save some money.
If your reason is to save money, some costs may quickly add up if not thought through.
Here are some tips on what not to spend money on:
Find out what the venue fees are before booking your resort. You might be paying fees for going over their required guest count or paying a vendor’s fee to bring vendors from outside of the resort.
There are some things that are difficult to source locally and you just want to take them with you. However, avoid shipping things to the destination prior to your wedding as it might not get there on time, due to customs or there could be breakages in transit. If you need (stress on the need part!) to bring it with you, consider distributing it between family members’ luggage to avoid extra cost. Avoid oversized items, as they might have to be checked in as cargo which will cost you extra. This includes wedding favours. With our Platinum and Diamond Packages we have an idea for that! We add free mini portrait sessions back home for you to give to your guests.
Those fancy extras…
Do you really need an ice sculpture or the extravagant flower arrangements, or custom coloured chair covers? Probably not. Go with the relaxed vibe that a destination wedding encourages.
Chances are that you will be wearing your shoes for only a small fraction of the day, maybe just for more formal portraits. But you may want to park those shoes somewhere if most of the action is on the beach. Shoes, especially expensive ones, and sand don’t go well together. Think light, breezy and comfortable instead. Spend the money elsewhere.