Tips for Destination Brides5:01 PM
I am no expert in destination weddings, but I thought that I'd try and help out the destination brides that are just starting out, and share what I've learned so far in my planning.
We have some DIY ideas about how we will customize it, so if/when we get that project done, I will do a follow up post.
5. Photographer - So I, like a lot brides, think that photography is one of the most important vendors you will book for your venue. Do not think that you have to use a photographer in the area of your wedding. Do not be afraid of contacting photographers that you love and ask them if they will do a destination wedding. I'm in Seattle and my photographer is NY, but I fell in love with her work. She is worthy of her own post, so I will not go into too much detail here, but I was extremely happy with her price and package and think that it is one of the best decisions I've made so far in the planning.
6. Guests - First find out how many your venue can hold. My venue is small so if I wanted a 100 guest wedding, I couldn't have done it there. Next, make your guest list and STICK TO IT. This is important to all weddings, but like for my hotel, they need to start holding rooms and such so they need the list early on. A lot of the caribbean hotels/resorts get booked out a lot earlier than typical stateside hotels because people like to plan their tropical vacations way early in advance to make sure that they get the room they want. You will also need to let your guests know that they will need to put a deposit down to hold the room so I believe in giving very advance notice (we told our guests about a year ahead although Save the Dates have yet to go out).
So, not a comprehensive list, but some of the top things that I've had to deal with. Hopefully somebody has found this helpful! I'll do another "tips" post later on, as I can think of several more things that I have encountered but never knew until I started this process.
If you have tips, post them in the comments below, I would love to hear from other brides!
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