A Special Getaway: Destination weddings
I will forever hold a special place in my heart for destination weddings.
They are special for everyone involved - the photographer gets to see a couple tie the knot in paradise, the guests have time off work and an escape from colder weather, and of course the couple gets to experience something truly unforgettable.
While not every couple will opt for a destination wedding or even an intimate wedding, I want to help capture the perfect moments for those that do. I work closely with each couple to generate the best possible experience and the most affordable price.
I’m in communication with my clients for months leading up to the big day, which ensures that everything goes without a hitch - it also means that my clients and I become close friends by the time it’s all over, a pretty nice ancillary benefit if I do say so myself.
Benefits and advantages of a destination wedding
Destination weddings present a number of advantages, but there are some things you should keep in mind. I’ve put together a list of some tips and things to know about destination weddings.
What’s nice about destination weddings is that they can serve as a “happy medium” for families spread out in numerous cities - since they all have to travel anyway, that makes for a nice excuse to go somewhere a bit more… exotic. You won’t be able to make everyone perfectly happy, but those that attend the wedding, however, will be glad they did.
To help smooth things over, you might consider holding off on setting the date until you’ve confirmed that a) the destination has sufficient housing for your desired number of guests and b) your wedding isn’t in conflict with special holidays or celebrations in the area. Not only might such events steal a bit of the limelight, you also might run into traffic, availability conflicts, and the like.
Keeping down the Cost of a destination wedding
From an overall cost standpoint, you might be surprised to discover that destination weddings often cost nearly the same as your typical ceremony. There are at least two reasons for this: you’re likely to have a smaller guest list (the biggest way to save $$ on your wedding is to keep the list lean).
Second, you’re more likely to keep it simple. In fact, I advise you to do so - incorporate local flowers (exotic types in the tropics) and serve local specialties (conch fritters in the Bahamas) to keep costs down. Ideally, you’d see your venue once before booking and again three to four months before the wedding to finalize details.
I’ll summarize the rest in three thoughts:
1. Start early. I can’t stress this enough. You’ll need more time than you think to finalize all the details. You’ll also need to give your guests at least four months’ time to make proper accommodations.
2. Stick to your budget. While you may find that the simplicity of a destination wedding keeps costs down, don’t let that convince you to splurge in other areas. Put a ceiling on your expenditures.
3. Be communicative. Send out save-the-date cards as soon as you can. Give your guests details and updates, but don’t overload them with details. Give them an itinerary when you have it, as well as location details, but nothing more than they need to know.
Otherwise, just be yourselves. Go ahead - get lost in the moment. Trust that your photographer will hold up her end of the bargain.