Destination Weddings are the new trendsetter. With lavish decoration and going to different location for a big party it is an extravagant event. It's no surprise along with destination wedding there comes planning & execution to perfection like every bride desires for her wedding to be perfect.
Wedding planner is the go to option for any destination wedding if you want it to be flawless, but if you're trying to have a budget destination wedding you will have to take matters in to your own hands. Today we help you with some tips if you're planning a destination wedding of your own in the future, or help your friend plan one!
Tips To Plan A Destination Wedding All By Yourself
Know your budget & priorities
Most important step of all is the budgeting of the amenities you're going to require, and your priorities. For example, if you do not want compromise on the photography of the wedding event you will have to compromise on the décor and keep it minimalistic. Keep in mind a big chunk of your budget will go into the venue booking and guests' accommodation.
Visiting the location prior is a MUST
While you are obviously going to visit the wedding venue before finalizing it, we suggest you to visit the venue 3 months prior to the event with your decorator to decide the setups and get hint of the location. This will help you brainstorm ideas and give you time to think as well as avoid last minute rush and crisis.
Get in touch with all the local vendors
Try to book all your wedding vendors who belong from the destination you choose to get married at. This won't only save your extra expense of their travel & accommodation but you'll also be able to better coordinate with them. If you're unable to find good local vendors, try looking for the ones who travel on their own cost.
Don't let your guest list overflow
Planning a destination wedding with a smaller guest list is practically a better option. But if you want to host a large crowd, hiring a wedding planner will be in the best interest.
Pick the same venue for stay and the event
This will help you avoid transporting people from one place to another saving the cost of it. Along with that, you are most likely to get higher discounts and wedding packages if you book the same place for the stay and for your wedding events.
Invest in a wedding planning journal. Maintain it & follow it religiously
Since you are taking the role of the wedding planner, you will have to write everything down for access. From the guest list, to the status of payments, contact details and travel bookings. Write down EVERY SINGLE THING. You can buy a wedding planner diary or create an Excel sheet on Google Drive which you can easily update using your phone as well.
Delegate smaller duties to friends & family
It is understood that, as a bride, you already have a lot in your hands. Distributing tasks amongst your friends and family members will make this a lot easier. This includes distributing guests' welcome, buying wedding gifts & favors. Also, make sure to delegate these duties with deadlines so that they are taken seriously.
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Go for minimal decor
Opt for minimal decor or go with resourceful decor elements like fairy lights, playful signage, colorful drapes, etc that are easy to do. Prefer a naturally beautiful venue with lush greenery and scenic view, so not a lot will be required for decor and drapes. Hosting day events in the outdoors, and night events in the indoors will also help.
Always ask for discounts
Make the best of those bargaining skills, you inherited from your mother. Some venues provide freebies like free laundry service, etc. that saves you a lot of hard work and money
Use courier services to fly in 'extra luggage'
Now, you must be aware that flights charge you a bomb prize for extra luggage, so it is better to transport extra stuff like mehndi favours to the venue via courier service, helping you save a lot in the process.
Allot rooms beforehand to avoid chaos
Delegate rooms to the guests beforehand so as to avoid any of the last moment chaos and you can focus more on your wedding to look the most beautiful bride!