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Planning a Destination Wedding can seem like a lot of work, but if you plan out all the details in advance, it will go off without a hitch! The best advice for planning a successful destination wedding is to set time aside to research your options and avoid feeling like you have to do everything yourself.  Always ask for help when you need it! The following tips walk you through what to know about planning a destination wedding, including recommendations on what to do and where to go.

One Phrase – Professional Wedding Planner

Destination weddings can seem difficult to maneuver given you are not actually on site physically planning the event with someone in person.  The best way to get ahead of this is to hire a Professional Wedding Coordinator. Many of the top all-inclusive resorts have wedding coordinators on-site that can help make the entire process less stressful because they do the majority of the work. Having a coordinator by your side, or a phone call away, to answer questions at any time is really helpful! Check out a few destination wedding packages at your favorite resorts.  If you are lucky, the assistance of a professional wedding planner will come included in the price.

Choose a Resort with a Great Reputation

There is nothing worse than arriving at your wedding destination only to be disappointed by your selection of hotel.  Before making any commitments, do some research to find out what others have to say about your destination wedding venue.  Having your wedding at a resort is more than likely the best option given they can help coordinate all the details, from the rehearsal dinner, to the ceremony and reception. The top resorts in popular wedding destinations host weddings often and will likely be able help you plan the event you’ve always dreamed of.

Pick a Destination Wedding Package

When choosing the venue for your destination wedding, opt for a resort that offers a variety of wedding packages that cater to your unique tastes and needs.  Many of the most luxurious resorts offer a bespoke wedding package, allowing you to pick and choose the elements of a destination wedding that are right for you.   When reviewing options of where to host your wedding, consider setting up phone calls with multiple coordinators to see which one can help answer your questions in a timely manner and who can offer you the closest wedding package to what you are looking for.  You can also check references and referrals online from others who have had their wedding at the same venue, ensuring you receive the best possible service when planning your wedding day. Last but not least, check the resort’s destination wedding policies.  You might find some all-inclusive resorts that offer free wedding packages when you book a minimum number of suites for your guests.

Be Aware of the Weather Conditions During your Chosen Dates

One of the hardest things about planning a destination wedding in a locale you might never have been to is trying to figure out what to expect in terms of climate. It is important to do some research on what the weather will be like for the big day, keeping in mind hurricane and rainy seasons are often characteristic of the top wedding destinations. Your event planner should certainly be able to help with this, steering you clear of problematic dates and unsightly weather.

Eliminate Surprises

Consider taking a trip to the destination in advance to scout out venue options and all the other perks that you might find for your wedding day. If you are planning on visiting the destination beforehand, set up a tour of the resort and get a feel for the location.  This will give you a crystal-clear idea of how the big day will play out and also give you an opportunity to meet your wedding coordinator in person.

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