Picture yourself walking down the aisle, stepping on white sand, and as your eyes look up, you can see the blue skies meeting the crystal-clear sea as if they were one. Your partner is waiting for you to celebrate your Caribbean destination wedding. Sounds like a dream, right? Well, dreams do come true, especially when you make the right decisions while you plan your Caribbean wedding.
Planning a destination wedding is quite a challenge; overseeing all your vendors and communicating with your guests can be a hassle. Although you should worry about nothing, you managed to do the hardest part, meeting the love of your life. Now, as your destination wedding planner, I will give you some advice on what you should and should not do while planning your wedding.
Do start soon
Planning a wedding from a distance can have its cons. For example, you will not physically see your wedding venue, the decoration, or even taste the food from your caterer. Your decisions are based on pictures and the feel you get from communicating with your vendors. If you want to have enough time to make the right choice or explore more options, you should start at least 14 months before your big day.
Remember that you must move fast since etiquette dictates your destination wedding invitations must be mailed at least 3 months before your big day. You can send your save the date cards 8 to 10 months before or as soon as you secure your venue; this will give your guests plenty of time to plan the trip.
Do not forget about legalities
The destination of your dreams has it all, deep blue waters, sandy beaches, five stars accommodations at a reasonable price, and the most astonishing natural backdrops to take your wedding pictures. A dream come true, right? Perhaps you need to stop before signing any dotted line since your destination does not allow you to get legally married because you are not a resident.
Learn about the legal marriage requirements before selecting your destination and if your guests will need more than their passport to attend your destination wedding. Luckily, Cayman Islands makes it quite simple to legally lock in your love. If you want to avoid paperwork, the best option is to tie the knot legally back at home and perform a symbolic ceremony at your destination.
Do carry on important items
You carefully picked your wedding attire with months of anticipation. After trying on hundreds of options sending it for alterations, watching that scale to make sure everything fits, and you finally have it in your hands. Now, it is time to take them safely to your destination. Trusting airlines to take care of your wedding dress, accessories, and so on is not an option. Always take it as your carry-on, even if you must pay extra to achieve it.
Do not assume your guests know the destination
Perhaps you have been dreaming of your Caribbean destination wedding for ages, you blink and can taste and smell the warm Caribbean air around you, but that does not mean your guests can pinpoint where the Caribbean is or how they should dress. Create a wedding website and share all the important details of the destination; here are some examples of what to include.
- Map location
- What is the destination known for?
- What not to miss?
- Wedding guest etiquette
- Wedding events
- Suggested activities
Do hire a destination wedding planner
Even if you are a super-organized couple with a clear vision for your destination wedding, planning a wedding is never easy, and even more difficult from a distance. An experienced local wedding planner will suggest the best options for your budget and style. From your venue to your florist and any other vendor you might need, your wedding planner will know exactly who to call.
If you are in the early stages of planning your destination wedding, it is time to give us a call; our goal at Celebrations is to exceed your expectations and organize your wedding day professionally. No matter the size of your celebration, I will find the ideal beach wedding destination. Contact us to start planning the wedding of your dreams.