We promised that our Wedding Wednesdays Q&A wouldn’t be going away, and it hasn’t! So, let’s dive in. Today we’re talking about nightmare destination weddings.
Q: I’m having a destination wedding in the Caribbean and I keep hearing these horror stories of vendors who fall through or things getting stolen or flowers being completely off. It’s making me feel anxious about my wedding and what I can do to prevent these problems. I don’t want to be stressed out or upset at my wedding or have anyone else be for that matter. What can I do to make sure everything goes as planned?
I know, it can be scary especially when you hear the all the horror stories. I’ve heard my fair share as well and the best piece of advice I can give you is to hire a destination wedding planner. I know, it sounds self-serving, but it’s the truth. Every couple I’ve ever talked to who either had or didn’t have an issue at their wedding wished they had hired a wedding planner. They didn’t realize everything that would have to go into not just planning a wedding but making sure it all goes smoothly. With destination weddings, it’s even harder because you are planning from afar and you don’t know what to expect in a different state or country. Having someone who understands how to plan from afar, the process and the potential pitfalls and will be there onsite to make sure the experience you wanted to create happens is for lack of a better word, priceless. It will give you piece of mind and let you really enjoy the time with your family and friends.
Now, being realistic here, not everyone can afford a destination wedding planner. So, what do you do if you can’t hire a wedding planner? Be thorough, be clear and be flexible. Be thorough and carefully vet each of your vendors, check out reviews, do interviews and get recommendations from other vendors. Make sure the people you are hiring are trustworthy, reliable and professional. Then, be clear and go over every detail with each of your vendors, share pictures, have conversations and be crystal clear in your communication. You don’t want any confusion or have to sort things out when you arrive. And lastly, be flexible. Things happen that are outside of your control and that you can’t always plan for, it’s just the nature of the world. Be adaptable, flexible and fix what you can and let go of what you can’t. It’s not worth it to obsess over something when it’s only going to stress you out and make your wedding day unhappy. Remember that you are with the people you love marrying the guy/girl that fills your heart with joy. This is all that really matters.
(Photo credit: Rachel Robertson Photography)
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