Destination weddings are incredibly sensual and romantic. Just imagine how it feels to tie the knot under a palm tree on a sand-kissed beach next to the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Go ahead and envision yourself enjoying the gourmet delights of the Caribbean with a spectacular view of the ocean in the background. Every Caribbean wedding is unique in itself. If customary church marriage doesn’t really appeal to you, then you may consider taking your wedding to a cool destination on one of the Caribbean islands. But before that, consider the following planning basics for a Caribbean wedding.
Budget Is Key
While the cost of a wedding in the Caribbean is considered a luxury, it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Accommodation and flights often take the biggest portion of the budget in most destination weddings. However, with proper planning, you can control and manage other costs. The most critical thing is to plan to prevent expenses from getting out of hand. Come up with a realistic budget and stick to it. Moreover, be mindful of your guests. You don’t want to bankrupt them because they wanted to be a part of your special day. Give them a broad selection of options that fit their budgets. You still want to be friends with them afterwards and not only on the wedding day!
Consider Hiring a Wedding Planner
The hassles of having to organize everything right from reception of guests to the last step can distract your overall wedding experience. Although some couples are daring and often go alone, hiring a wedding planner can save you the time and effort needed to put all things in order. You don’t have to worry about making every guest happy when you’ve got the right wedding planner. The good thing about wedding planners is that they can tailor everything and help you get an appropriate wedding package. These may include rehearsals, personal dressing, private canapé cruise, off-property tours and other activities including hiking and horseback rides.
Legalize Your Wedding
While getting married in the Caribbean can be an exciting experience, things might turn complicated if you don’t understand all the legal requirements. Legalizing a wedding event on a foreign beach can be challenging. However, with the help of a planner who can explain all details and give you suggestions, you can make your event even more thrilling. Some legal paperwork might be required before and even after your wedding. For instance, if you are considering getting married on the islands of the Bahamas, you might need to apply for a marriage license. The office of the Registrar General in Nassau issues marriage certificates and licenses.
Pay a Visit to Your Venue
If your budget allows it, consider paying a visit to your wedding venue before the big day. Get the chance to know what the destination you’ve chosen looks like when it’s prepared for a ceremony. You’ll also get firsthand opportunity to meet your planner, photographer, officer and even DJ, plus discuss further on what you may need to be adjusted.
Communication Is Paramount
You need to communicate if you want things to go smoothly. If you are considering hiring a planner, you will need to communicate effectively. Extend your communication even to those who may not be traveling. Through adequate communication, you can
even get them involved in the wedding albeit they may not be physically present.
What About the Weather?
Bad weather can ruin your day. Although this might be the last thing on your mind, it happens. You may need to consider weather conditions on various Caribbean islands before scheduling your event. Additionally, the day you pick matters. If you want guests to attend, you may consider getting married on Friday to Monday, or Thursday to Sunday. Your guests can enjoy three-night packages on
So if you are excited about tying the knot in the Caribbean, then consider the above planning basics. Communicate, plan for travel, accommodation, consider the weather and day, budget and make your wedding legal.
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