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How to Avoid Destination Wedding Planning Stress?

How to Avoid Destination Wedding Planning Stress?

How to avoid destination wedding planning stress? Brides and Grooms would love to have the answer!  Stress is always the hardest part to handle when planning a destination wedding!

But there are ways to try and reduce it....

There are many engaged couples that do not consider the "inevitable details" that need to be followed when planning an away-from-home wedding celebration...

Follow these two advices and things will be much easier!

First of all: It is very important to pick the ideal location.

It is the key! Quoting Jeff Bartel, owner of A Global Perspective and with more than 12 years of experience in the industry, says:

"The location of your wedding determines not only the mood [rustic, sophisticated, beachy], but also the travel time and budget required to pull it off."  Keep in mind these points when you are trying to decide where you would like to get married.

Jeff continues saying: "You want your guests to walk away from your wedding weekend saying, 'That was so them!' Your wedding elements - not just location, but also activities and overall vibe - should say something about your personal style and your passions."When you are trying to pick the right location, try and consider if the place is really "you", if you can do the activities that you love and would like to share with your guests.

Another critical factor for destination wedding planners that cannot be ignored is timing!

The weather plays a very important role  when deciding the date for your destination wedding. It is quite important that there will be good weather, with a  spring-like climate, and definitely no rain.  Consider that you are going to be miles away from your home, and that your guests have bought a flight ticket to assists to your destination wedding!

Usually, the period with the right kind of weather, is very high season. This means that there will be more crowds,  prices are much higher than the standard fee,  there are less hotels and venues that will be available,  the higher rated caterers will most probably be  booked,  etc...   If you plan ahead of time, it is much easier to avoid these kinds of difficulties.  Send the save-the-date cards at least 10 to 12 months ahead, so that your guests have the opportunity to book their flights before the prices go up. Block a number of rooms in a hotel at a negotiated rate so that your guests have a better price than the standard one. Start contacting the top caterers to have an idea of their services, and see if they are free.

You can also decide to

choose the "right after high season" where you most probably will be able to save yourself and your guests some money and still manage to enjoy the weather. 

At last but not least, make a trip to visit the location before the special date... this is to make sure things are exactly how you want them to be, and not get surprises that you won't be able to handle during your wedding! Make sure that you have secured your key venue, that all the necessary legal papers have been signed, that the caterer has been picked and booked. Everything should be in order. All the decision should have been already made, and they just need to be executed on the destination wedding date.

All this will reduce stress prior to the destination wedding. You will be able to enjoy it freely!



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