Wedding planning can be stressful because there are just so many things for you to do. And if you’re planning to wed somewhere a bit farther away, such as a resort in another country, then maybe double or triple all that pressure and stress.
But if you plan everything right, you can have the wedding of your dreams without curving under the pressure of planning one. Here are a few steps you can take to prepare for the perfect resort wedding.
It’s a good idea to look into more than one location before settling on one. You may already have an ideal location, but it’s a good idea to compare more than one option.
You can get information online, or if some of the locations are relatively near, you could go there over the weekend and see them for yourself. Select at least three different places and learn more about their packages. If their rates are almost similar or budget isn’t really an issue, then you can consider other things like which place would best suit your and your partner’s personalities or which one holds more sentimental value to you.
Choose Your Flowers
While you’re at it, you should also find out early on where you’re going to get the flowers for your special day. This is a detail that can get skipped over in the rush of things, yet no matter where you’re going to wed, the need for the best bouquet for the bride and corsages for the bridesmaids will always be there.
It’s a good idea to look into the best and latest corsage trends if you have no idea what you want. Keep in mind that flowers are seasonal, so make sure the ones you choose will be available on your wedding day.
Hire A Wedding Planner
Now that you’ve decided on a location, look into wedding planners and hire one. Make sure you work with someone who’ll make your dream day come to life. It’s advisable to find a friend or relative who can recommend a good planner to you. If you’re having your wedding in a different country, it’s best to hire a wedding planner who’s based there since they’ll need to be on-site to set up everything. However, if you insist on using someone you know, make sure they’re knowledgeable about your country of choice.
Hiring a planner from the destination country has advantages, such as knowing where to find good florists, experienced local photographers for photos for your wedding (if you’re not bringing your own), and caterers. Make sure you collaborate with your planner so that there are no misunderstandings. This is for your big day, and you don’t want anything to go wrong.
Plan Your Travel And Accommodation
It’s best to check whether any airlines or buses offer group discounts. In this case, you might want to think about hiring a travel agent. Agents can help you plan ahead of time and find good travel packages for you. Inform your travel agent of the number of passengers and the condition of your luggage.
Allow your wedding planner or travel agent to look for accommodations if the resort you choose is fully booked. It’d be fantastic, though, if they still had available accommodation at the venue since resorts usually offer good rates for their wedding packages.
You might want to consider booking a block of rooms at one or two locations close to the resort if there aren’t enough rooms for all of your guests. It’s best to book ahead of time to avoid situations where you’re unable to find any sort of accommodation. Your planner or travel agent can make reservations for you in advance.
Even for a simple vacation, packing can be stressful. Now imagine you’re packing for an entire wedding. You want your dress or tuxedo to be in good condition when you arrive at your destination. Also, you don’t want the rings to disappear at the very last minute.
You could consider using a garment bag and a suit bag for the gown and tux, which can be hung in the airplane (ask flight attendants to assist you with this) or laid flat on top of luggage. It’s also a good idea to notify your airline so they can make arrangements for you.
You may plan to spend more days on your honeymoon, in which case you have to pack more items. Determine where you want to go and what activities you want to do so you’ll know what to bring.
Decide On The Food And Drinks
You should consider getting samples from at least three catering companies. Give them your desired menu and see if they can give you what you want within reasonable budget. They’ll also need to know the number of guests you have, so be prepared to give that information. Alternatively, you can choose a resort that provides catering and ask if they can prepare the dishes you want to serve during the reception.
For beverages, wines with a low percentage of alcohol are a good choice. If you’re holding your wedding abroad, you might want to look into the country’s policies so you won’t be on the wrong side of the law.
Planning a wedding at a resort comes with its own set of challenges and requires a specific kind of meticulousness. After all, you don’t want anything to go wrong while you’re many miles from home. Use the tips in this guide to help you plan one of the most important days in your life in the most efficient manner possible.