10 Ways to Reduce Stress When Planning a Destination Wedding
There are only a few moments in this world where our breath will be taken away. One of those is hearing the love of your life saying, “I do,” to a lifetime with you.
Nothing beats the sudden rush of emotions and the tranquility that comes after. Of course, you need to get through months, even years of preparation, for this particular moment. You need to juggle so many things to ensure the biggest day of your life, goes as smoothly as possible.
One of the things you need to accomplish is finding a venue. A beach wedding venue ranks high among the most popular locations to tie the knot.
Getting married on the beach isn’t as simple as it may seem. Logistically, it can be a bit more complicated than conventional weddings. You need to account for so many factors to make this destination event a success.
But don’t you worry because we’ve got your back. Here are a few important details you need to remember if you’re having a beach destination wedding.
1. Do your Research
Before taking a leap of faith, it’s important to be familiar with the details of a wedding and a rough estimate on its costs. Google is your best friend but do keep in mind that this research tool is somewhat limited. That is why we created the BeachyBride Quiz, to help you find the right venue based on your preferences.
Another great option is to work with an expert travel agent who is experienced in the region, as well as weddings. There are agents who are also wedding planners and can help you with everything along the way. If you’re already feeling overwhelmed, don’t worry, they are the experts and they will help guide you through.
2. Start Early and be Proactive.
Starting early will relieve stress and ensure that you have enough time to think through all the details and also to get an idea on the expenses you need to prepare for. Being proactive is better than stumbling in the dark and making costly mistakes you’re going to regret in the end.
Decide whether you’d go for a beach within your country or abroad. Would you like to get married in a popular beach location that every travelholic raves about or in a hidden gem that only a few knows?
You might be dreaming of a wedding in the Caribbean or Mexico. Then go for it! With good research to help you and your spouse prepare financially, no one can stop you from fulfilling your dream!
3. Choose the Perfect Date
You might be thinking of the date of your anniversary, birthday, or a memorable day for both of you. But this is not the only factor to consider when thinking about the perfect date for your big day.
While you look for the perfect beach venue, research further about the weather in each location that you’re considering for the wedding. When is the perfect month to get married in that beach? What’s the weather like on your target date? Always be aware of hurricane season for the region.
Will it be flooded with tourists roaming around the beach, photo bombing on your post-nuptial photo session on the particular month you want to get married? If that’s the case, is that okay with you?
These factors are so important in choosing that perfect date for your wedding. So your research does not stop with pictures of the location. It has to be more in-depth to include important details.
4. Find your Beach and Venue First
Almost any married couple will tell you to book the most important requirements for your wedding before heading out for lesser suppliers. Before you go crazy about your favorite photographer or dream stylist, you need to lock down that beach venue. Once you have your perfect beach wedding location and venue, then you can select the other members of your team.
A popular option for destination weddings are all-inclusive beach resorts. An wedding at an all-inclusive is convenient and usually cost efficient for you and your guests. Many resorts will offer free or discounted weddings when you reserve a room block for your guests. However, keep in mind that most resorts will require any guests that are not staying at the resort to purchase a day pass.
Another option is a private, off-resort venue. This creates an intimate and unique experience, but does tend to have more considerations such as transport and logistics. However, don’t let this dissuade you. With the right local professionals, you can create the perfect dream wedding day just for you.
Search for amazing beach wedding venues. With Google overload, you may want to consult with an expert agent to help you find the right location and venue for a memorable beach wedding with memories to last a lifetime.
5. Select Vendors you Feel Comfortable With
A wedding isn’t just a one-day affair. It is at least one year in the making. You’ll actually call on all kinds of wedding professionals to help you out. That’s why it is crucial to choose vendors that you can trust and who make you feel comfortable. After all, you are putting one of the most important days of your lives with these people.
Your vendor team will be with you, especially during the big day. If you choose poorly, that single day will feel like a decade and you’re going to be on the wrong end of it. It is better to choose people you can laugh with and reduce the stress of this emotional day. If you are planning a destination wedding, be sure to schedule a phone call or skype session to interview the vendors on your short list.
We have narrowed down venues and vendors experienced with beach weddings. Search vendors and create your team to help make your dream day come true.
6. You are amazing, but you can’t do it all alone
If you think you can handle the preparations and the actual wedding itself, you’re in for a whole universe of trouble. You and your fiancé only have four hands to take your wedding to the finish line.
At some point, you’re going to throw in the towel and wish for more time to finish everything. This is where a planner comes in.
This professional is your guardian angel when the whole world is about to explode. Since a planner is well-versed in dealing with every aspect of a wedding, you can trust him/her to troubleshoot all those worries away.
During the preparations, you need to delegate most of the tasks to this person so you can focus on other important responsibilities. When the big day comes, you can expect a planner to take care of almost everything in the background, so you can show up and truly enjoy your day.
You can trust this wedding expert to guide your guests, coordinate your vendors, and keep everything flowing smoothly.
7. Don’t Skip the Rehearsal
With all the excitement and logistics of guests flying in, it may seem like there is no time to conduct a dress rehearsal. But, our advice is to make it happen. It will only take about 30 minutes of your time and will save hours of stress and anxiety for you and your guests on the wedding day. Believe it or not, people like to be told what to do. Your guests want to know where to stand and how to walk. Although not rocket science, a dress rehearsal works out all the kinks and reduces anxiety, ten-fold. Although it may seem like a chore at first, everyone will feel much better after.
8. Remember, IT IS YOUR WEDDING
Remember, this is YOUR big day. No one is allowed to impose their preference on you, although everyone will surely try. Inevitably, there will be at least one person who will try to make your day about them. Don’t let it bring down your vibe! Emotions will be high and some people can’t stand not being in the spotlight. Just remember this is your day for celebrating your love and commitment with your fiancé. Everything else will be background noise. Stay positive, but be assertive. You know what you want, after all, you’ve been spending an insane amount of hours on Pinterest and Etsy in the last six months! Deep breaths and keep shining like the beachy bride that you are.
9. Always set an allowance for time and money
There’s an old adage that says, it’s better to have and not use it rather than need it and not have it. The same can also be applied to your beach wedding as well.
If you feel the need to place an allowance of time and money to your special day, then by all means, do so. Like the weather, a wedding is so unpredictable. It’s pretty helpful to have more of these resources when something goes wrong.
10. Bottom Line
Planning a beach destination wedding is an amazing choice for brides who just can’t get enough of the sand and the sea, the panoramic view of sunset on the beach, and the sound of the waves that soothes the heart.
If you’ve been dreaming of being a Beachy Bride, you don’t need to let go of your dream beach wedding just because you think it’s more complicated to prepare. Bring with you these wedding planning tips and you’ll carry a lighter burden as you plan for your big day. After all, you only have one shot at walking down the aisle in your wedding dress. Let that moment happen in the place where you’ve always dreamed to say “I do.”
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