The idea of exchanging your vows barefoot on the pristine sand of the Caribbean while the sunset, which starts to kiss the horizon, sets your skin outline and hair strands aglow seems the perfect wedding plan for you and your partner. No matter how seductive your vision of a destination wedding is, you two should first consider the dirty works behind that glamorous out-of-town wedding. Are you willing to sponsor your guests’ fare? How will you convince your guests to leave work or their homes on the date of your wedding? Will you be the one responsible for their hotel rooms? To get a clue about these destination wedding questions, read on.
Trim Down the Guest List
Since you are already doing a huge favor from your guests by requesting for their presence on an island far away from home on a specific date, you should only invite people whom you can’t be wed without. Family is already default on the list. Sure, you have a lot of circles, but choose the group you are the most intimate with. After all, the size will dictate the majority of the budget that you need to set aside for your wedding. You could always have another party for the more distant relative, friends and colleagues when you fly back home.
Sponsor at least a Portion of your Guest’s Expenses
It is just your courteousness that would dictate your willingness to sponsor your wedding-incurred expenses of your guests. If you think you can’t handle paying for the airfare of 250 guests, then you could do either of the following: revisit your guest list and cut down the number, pay only half of the airfare or pay for the dresses and hotels instead. Whichever expense you’d like to cover, you should always weigh the rest of the expenses that would be charged to the guests, if it’s reasonable or not.
Give out specific details
For your guests to be able to prepare themselves for the wedding, you should give out the details of your wedding date and place the soonest, as long as the places are already surely booked. Expose these information at least 8-12 weeks in advance to let your guests plan out their vacation leaves. You should also indicate (not necessarily on the invites) which of the expenses you would cover so that they can prepare their own fund for your wedding. To entice them more, you could shoot them a mail indicating the activities that they can do and tourist spots that they can visit. They might want to stay on the hotel a little longer. They might want to go around town. Be sure, however, to point out which of these things they can avail for free (translation, the things that you would be paying for).
Held your wedding in a spot where the romantic heroes have been born and where people fall in love… On a place where setting up a dreamy environment is effortless. If you are going to be wed just once in your lifetime, then better make it grand. Have a European Wedding Destination, an opportunity only a few can achieve. Take your pick.
Feel like Venus in Santorini where the salty smell of the ocean, the warm heat of the sun and the cheery disposition of the locals mix. Santorini is a breathtaking place to be wed, given the view of the bluest oceans during the day and the sparkly lights on layered hill houses at night.
Of course, your dream is to get married right in the city of love with the Eiffel Tower as your backdrop. There, you dream of being swooned by your groom, your vows as high as the tower or even surpassing the tower itself. Drive a vintage car and hire a photographer to follow you around as you and your groom take the city in your wedding dress. The city is every inch of romance.
Get married on the sacred grounds proclaimed as the heritage of humanity by UNESCO. If you are planning for a small and intimate wedding, Basilicata is a perfect place – secluded with medieval churches and castles, and a lush countryside to add. You can drive around town in a retro motorcycle and have lots of artsy photos taken.
The small island of Mallorca in Spain boasts a great weather, beautiful beaches, quaint villages and dainty resorts – perfect for a getaway wedding for your set of families and friends. You can even have a beach wedding or a mansion wedding there. As for the things to do in there, there are lots. Water sports and afternoon walks on the villages are equally awe-inspiring.
Tie the knots in a medieval castle or on cliff sides with an exhilarating view of the Alps Mountains. Schedule your wedding such that it would be the time of the year when it snows moderately. The snow would add some flakes of romance into your wedding. The white-topped grounds and the chilly air. Now, it’s the time and place to get intimate. Serve some hot cocoas to spread the warmth!
A well-travelled couple could definitely consider having a travel-inspired wedding theme. It would be easier for them to think about the decorations of the venue since they for sure have so many souvenirs from every travel they have made. They can hang these souvenirs all over the place or maybe put some of it on the table as center pieces. They can decorate the place with cruise ships, airplanes, pictures of the different tourist’s spots they visited, basically everything that they have done together in all travels they made.
The couple may want to consider showing a video clip of pictures taken from their travels and show this in a timeline. This could set a romantic feel during the wedding. The couple can look back on the travels they have together as well as somehow bring their guests with them in these travels.
For the invitations, small pictures of the different places they have been to can be incorporated and place little cut out airplanes or cruise ships outside the invitation. Or they can create passport-like wedding invitations or even plane ticket invitations.
For the wedding cake, go for a fondant icing of a small replica of the most favorite spot they have visited, something that is very sentimental for them. They can share to the guests the story behind it and exchange sweet words before the slicing of the cake. If the places are just too many to mention, then prefer a three-tiered suitcase wedding cake instead.
For the wedding tokens, they can give out souvenirs taken from the different places they have been to. They can have these souvenirs copied and packaged perfectly to be given out on the wedding day. They can attach a small picture of the place where it came from and personalize it by placing a small thank you card with the couple’s names.
Do you want to declare your vows on the pristine shorelines stretching against the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean? Add a vermilion painted sky on the backdrop and the wedding memories are sure to last a lifetime. Having your wedding vows on one of the Caribbean Islands is worth your time, effort and money. A run through on each of these islands will tell you why.
For one, the Bahamas is in close proximity to the United States translating to easy travel for Americans who want to get married. The island, being a tourist wedding destination, is prepared with competent wedding packages ranging budget. There are spas, nightly entertainment, beach-front resorts and golf resorts where you can hang out after the wedding. The Bahamas is also known for its quick turnaround for marriage licenses.
Cobblestone paths make interesting outdoor wedding aisles and that’s exactly what you get if you host your wedding in Dominican Republic. The reception would be everything but boring with the local merengue music and jovial local entertainers. Also, you can have several choices for your wedding – outdoor wedding, classic wedding on 16th century buildings of Spanish architect, river or waterfall wedding.
Book a two-hour plane from Miami to Jamaica and transfer to your booked cruise ship afterwards. Sip in cocktails and enjoy the last days of being single before you have your marriage rites transpire on an outdoor setting, near the Negril Cliffs, Dunn’s River Falls or Mayfield Falls. With all the tourist attractions in Jamaica, time is your only enemy.
Let your wedding destination embody a tropical glamour on the “Island of Enchantment”, Puerto Rico. Immerse into the tranquillity of the island along with your partner, family and friends. Have your weddings on hotels with private terraces over the clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean. No need for passports and currency exchanges.
If you’re looking for a wedding historical adventure, then you might want to have your wedding on Barbados islands. Have a chic, old-school wedding on Sunbury House, a 300-year old plantation house or on Morgan Lewis Windmill. There are beach wedding packages also readily available for you when you get there.
Having a Caribbean wedding destination simply means you are one fun couple. Think of all the things that you can explore as a new couple – snorkelling, scuba diving, hiking, touring orchards, tasting local cuisines and many more.