You are engaged, and one dream has come true. Now, together, you embark on the wedding planning journey. One of the first things for you and your “knight in shining armor” to decide is your wedding location. If visions of faraway places or romantic venues haunt your days, be sure to read these destination-wedding tips before plotting your course to that Pacific island.
Where to Go
As a couple, sit down and think about who you are. Are you avid climbers or beach nuts? Gourmets seeking fine wines, cheeses, and chocolates? A nature enthusiast might relish the beauty and mystery of the Amazon, or the pastoral scenery in New Zealand. The climber may wish to dare the Alps, and the foodie may be in heaven in France or Italy. Fiji, the Cook Islands, Samoa, Vanuatu, or Tahiti might not be financially possible, but perhaps a lovely beach wedding on a Caribbean island might appease the wedding celebration wanderlust. Sometimes a themed wedding package can be less costly than the average wedding in the US.
For instance, take this into account: In a metropolitan city in this country, higher demand might make that wedding in Mexico more appealing and less expensive. Other than airfare, lodging expenses, and possibly planning trips, your destination-wedding budget needs to include importing important vendors and decorations, guest welcome bags, and other available activities your guests will enjoy.
When to Set Sail
After choosing a location, you must agree when to stage your nuptials. Of course, you will want to consider the best weather season in that location. Prime season means more tourists (i.e., more crowds, higher prices, and fewer options for hotel and venue selections). Booking off-season will reduce costs, but the local forecast on your wedding day may be dismal or the heat and humidity unbearable. Another cost-saving option is booking in “shoulder season” (immediately following high season).
From March to November, rain may dampen your Hawaiian wedding, and the heat in Italy during July and August is a factor for contemplation.
Take a Look
If money and time permit, visit the location to personally experience the climate, choose the perfect venues for the ceremony, reception, and hotels for your guests. Make an appointment with caterers, florists, even hair and makeup specialists, to help you select your vendors knowledgeably.
It might get complicated. Some countries have a residency requirement. For example, the Turks and Caicos require 24 hours. England is 7 days! Beware gourmet—France requires 40 days after you arrive before you wed! Other legal restrictions may apply. Being warned is being forearmed.
Before you ask your dearest friend to be your maid of honor, tell her it’s a destination wedding. What if she just purchased a new luxury vehicle, stretching her finances a bit thin? Another warning—many of your nearest and dearest may not attend a destination wedding. Be prepared.
They’ve ventured all this way to see you say ‘I do’ and celebrate with you. Say thank you by:
- Organizing group rates for flights and a room block for an appropriate hotel
- Providing information on land transport and the nearest airport
- Inviting each of them to the rehearsal, welcome dinner and next-day brunch
Going a step farther with welcome bags in their rooms, containing necessities for the locale such as suntan lotion, water, and bug spray.
About Roof Garden
The Roof Garden is a charming, vintage wedding venue and sophisticated corporate/private event facility located in the heart of The Strand overlooking Galveston’s Historic National Landmark District. Our elegant, signature Galveston architecture creates a warm, inviting atmosphere your guests are sure to enjoy. Learn more about our venue and view facility photos to understand the true essence of the Roof Garden.