A destination wedding indeed sounds romantic, fairy-tale like and unique. But then, this type of wedding needs careful planning and preparation. You cannot just choose a location without thinking of how suitable or possible it is to hold a wedding there. There are many factors that you should think about when selecting a wedding venue in a far location.
Below are some tips that are suitable for those of you who are looking for the right destination wedding location.
Determine your budget
Be realistic on how much you are able to spend for the wedding. There are some venues that offer all-inclusive packages while others don’t so you will have to check and learn everything. Compare packages offered by different wedding venues in your chosen location.
Be clear on what you are looking for
Talk it over your partner and list at least 5 major factors that are important for your selection. Would you like to hold it in a resort or in a historical landmark? Are you planning to have the wedding indoor or outdoor? Would you like a venue where you can spend a couple more days after the wedding? Well, be clear on what you want and are expecting to get.
Consider its accessibility and amenities
Is the venue easily accessible? What modes of transportation are available in the area? What kind of amenities does the venue offer? If you are expecting kids or young guests, is the place safe and suitable for them? You can get the information from the venue’s website or through word of mouth. Check out also review from travel sites or visit google maps to know what you can find near the venue.
Make sure to share important information to your guest. Inform them how to get to the venue or specific directions on how to find it. This can help prevent them from getting lost or arriving late.
Shortlist 3 to 5 locations
Do not limit yourself to only a few options. Search for different locations, research about each before finally shortlisting 3 to 5 locations that you think suits your wedding needs. Contact each venue and if you are too busy to actually do an ocular then have your wedding coordinator visit the location, take pictures of the place or walk you through it via Skype.
Consider the capacity of the venue
Estimate how many guests are you planning to invite and make it one of your bases in selecting a location. The venue must be able to accommodate the maximum expected number of your wedding guests. Once you have chosen the venue, inquire if there are available rooms to stay in case you and your guests decide to extend your stay.
Learn ahead as well if there are necessary permits or requirements that you need to comply.
Choosing a location for your destination wedding must be done as early as possible. Make sure to consider all the factors mentioned above so you will not regret your decision and you can have a memorable destination wedding worth remembering for a lifetime.