Destination Weddings: Controlling Stress

Some people might think that a destination wedding does not involve too much thinking and stress since the bride is usually far away in another region or country. This is not true. As in the case of all kinds of weddings, those taking place in different locations also affect stress levels and nerves. Destination weddings involve stressful situations like travel arrangements and marriage regulations of different countries. The faraway location can make some brides edgy, as well.

Hire Professionals

In order to reduce stress, try getting professionals involved. Instead of sifting through travel sites in your quest to find the right deal, book hotel and airfare through a travel specialist. Let’s face it. There are many situations that could literally ruin your wedding. The last thing you need to worry about when you are about to be wed is a flight cancellation that might leave your maid of honor stuck in an airport thousands of miles away. You can even be stuck with no flight for a couple of days. You never know what might go wrong. A travel specialist has access to the ins and outs of the industry. Travel is a big part of destination weddings. A professional would be able to iron out any kinks when it comes to flights and hotels.

Further, it is also wise to hire a wedding planner for the event. If you are concerned about the cost of this service, do not worry, as there are professionals who are not very expensive. Do your research and find what is right for you. Some destination wedding sites have an in-house coordinator or you may need to hire one independently. Either way, this person will help with decorations, entertainment, catering, and much more. This will help reduce your stress levels.

The wedding site may be far away, but make sure you visit it at least twice during the planning stage. Always remember that the venue might not look exactly like the picture. Bring yourself some peace of mind by seeing the place with your own eyes either before or after the wedding. While you are there, you can taste the food that will be served (if applicable) and meet the wedding planner. Don’t hesitate from taking photos and ask all questions you have. If you cannot make the trip, ask your travel agent and other parties about the place. Further, do your online research. Call past clients and ask for their opinions. This is your wedding. Gather as much information as you can.

Arrive a Week or Two Early

The last thing you want to do is rush yourself before your big day. Therefore, give yourself a week (at least) or two (even more, if possible) to settle in. Remember that you might be flying to a place with a completely different time zone. Give yourself some time to get over jetlag and exhaustion, as well as to complete any marriage requirements and face other issues concerning your destination wedding.

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Filed under: Destination Weddings — vicky at 4:54 pm on Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Hiring A Wedding Planner For A Destination Wedding

More and more people are opting to get married in exotic locations these days. Destination wedding are definitely on the upswing. Planning such an event, however, can definitely be a stressful ordeal, especially if you are the kind of bride-to-be who likes to take control of things. The easiest way to keep your cool during the wedding planning stage is to hire a professional. When it comes to destination weddings, this can be a lifesaver, as it is very difficult for you to micromanage what is going on in Hawaii or Italy from your home or office in a different state or continent. A wedding planner can definitely help.

Before Consulting the Professional

Do your homework before consulting a wedding planner. First, decide where you want your destination wedding to take place. The tropics are always a popular option, but some people prefer Europe. The choices are endless. If you are not sure about the big destination, check out wedding magazines and websites. See what different venues offer. You will see a wide variety of programs and packages. See what fits your needs. This part of the planning stage is totally up to the couple. Some places speak to you and others don’t. This is your wedding and you have to decide what you want. Once you come up with a country of choice, find out if you can be legally married there. To do this, contact your embassy and the tourism board in the country.

Consulting the Professional

Before you settle on a single wedding planner, make sure you speak to a few professionals. Comparison-shopping is a great idea when it comes to any aspect of your wedding. Ask your friends and family for references. Choose someone who has solid experience especially in the country or city where you plan to be married. After you meet a professional wedding planner, ask for names and contact information of their past clients. Call or email these couples and see what they have to say about their destination wedding.

After all, your wedding is your big day. Further, with destination weddings prices can go up quickly and therefore you need to be wise in your decisions and stick to your budget. Ask an on-site wedding planner about the different packages that are available. This professional will give you a list of what is included in each package to make life easier for you. This also helps to avoid surprise expenses. Make sure you ask about everything, because destination weddings can include all kinds of surprises. Further, ensure that the wedding planner be at the wedding. He or she is the one would best know how to handle mishaps and unexpected circumstances.

Be very clear when you talk about the rate of the wedding planner. These professionals charge an hourly or flat rate, or a percentage of the wedding budget. It varies from one planner to the next.
Just because you have someone taking care of the event, it does not mean that you can sit back and relax. Try to visit the wedding site at least two times during the planning stage. It might mean flying off to Hawaii or France. Do it to make sure that you have the destination wedding of your dreams.

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Filed under: Destination Weddings,Wedding Planning — vicky at 4:49 pm on Wednesday, January 28, 2009