This is a very exciting time of your life, but it can be a bit nerve-racking as well. Planning a wedding in another country is a tedious and intricate task and can be stressful if not planned properly. Here are a few tips to assist you with pre planning your wedding and ensuring you remember all of the vitals before heading to Abaco.
It is important to take at least one trip to Abaco well in advance of your wedding date. This is the time to scout out potential ceremony and reception venues in person to help you decide what would work best for you. It also gives you the chance to work alongside your planner from the very beginning. This is also a good time to schedule meetings such as tastings with caterers and seeing samples of wedding flowers, etc. It is important to plan your first visit a few weeks or even months in advance to avoid any possible issues. You should also try to arrive at least a week prior to the wedding to review everything before your wedding day.
2. Get Assistance from a Local Planner
When planning a wedding in another country than you reside in, it is always a good idea to entrust the help of a reputable local wedding planner and coordinator. They are readily available to tend to tasks that you are incapable of doing from outside of the country and allow you easy access to local vendors and resources. Having a wedding planner makes for a smoother and stress free planning process for you.
3. Mind the Time of Year
It is important to be mindful of the possibility of inclement weather, keeping in mind each season and the typical weather during those times. For example, April through June tend to be rainy months and sporadic showers are common. It is also important to take into consideration what the peak seasons are which are when the islands are the busiest. Opting to have a wedding during the ‘off seasons’ can be a big savings. The autumn and winter months are the best time to get hitched if you’re looking to avoid too much of a crowd.
4. Treat your Guests Well
Try to negotiate group rates for airfare and lodging to help your guests with expenses. By choosing to celebrate your wedding with you, your guests are paying for travel and accommodation expenses and having to take time out from their jobs and lives at home. Try to ensure that their stay during your wedding trip is as comfortable and easy as you can and help their stay to be more pleasant. A welcome gift bag waiting for them in their hotel room is a good way to show your appreciation for them attending your wedding.
5. Get Started
The sooner you start planning your wedding details, the better and smoother the planning process will be. It is essential to have several months, even up to a year, to start planning your big day. Especially in the case that you are hosting a destination wedding and will be doing most of your planning from outside of the country. It is good to do your pre planning and have an in depth list of what your desires for your wedding and reception are long before you arrive at your destination. It is also vital to start planning as soon as possible because venues and vendors book other events far out so you want to reach out to them before this happens. This also gives your guests time to prepare their schedules as well.
6. Cut Unnecessary Expenses
It is possible to have a destination wedding on a budget if you know how to cut unnecessary expenses. Knowing how to compromise and substitute can save you a lot on your destination wedding.