Planning Ahead - Destination Wedding

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Saying “I do” to the perfect destination wedding has never been easier!

So you’ve decided that a typical wedding just isn’t your style. Instead, you’d rather tie the knot in a beautiful and intimate beach setting with only your closest family and friends in attendance, celebrating this new chapter of your lives with you. We couldn’t agree with you more!

Plan Ahead

Planning ahead – anywhere from eight to 10 months – for a destination wedding in Mexico or the Caribbean will allow you plenty of time to find a resort, settle all the details, and perhaps calm any nervousness you may have. Remember that certain times of the year, including holidays, may be more expensive, so be sure you know what your overall budget is and try to stick to it.

Once you have a date set for the nuptials, you and yours should discuss with your local travel professional those places where you’re most interested in getting married. Your destination selection should be a favorite vacation spot, a dream location, or one where you and your guests will be most comfortable and well-cared for.

You can even choose several destinations that you like and think will make a great backdrop to your event. Depending on how involved you would like your family and friends to be, don’t hesitate to ask them for wedding destination ideas. After all, they will be putting in their own money and time to celebrate the big occasion with you. If you already have a few places picked out you can even discuss your picks with them. And if you’re unsure of just where to go, your travel professional can help you find a range of destinations and resorts that match the vision you have for your wedding and well as your budget.

Do make sure that the destination you ultimately choose is readily accessible from the cities your guests will be traveling from. If you select a destination where you don't have direct flights to, or requires multiple connections, this may deter some of your guests from joining in the festivities.

Keep in mind that your local travel professional is your best source for helping you plan and book a destination wedding. It’s important to know that not all resorts or wedding packages are created equal, and the differences between them can be many. Only an experienced travel professional will know which resorts and wedding packages best fit your vision of a romantic wedding and honeymoon.

"Wedding Photos" by Azchael is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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