Destination Wedding fundamentals  to follow.

You have decided on a destination wedding, how do you start planning? The key to a successful destination wedding are following these three steps.  Brides Travel calls it, sticking to the fundamentals.

1. Start early. You know the destination and maybe even the resort you want but when you contact the destination, you may find out it’s more expensive than you thought, the date is not available, or getting there is not easy for you and your guests. You may have to rethink your plan and start over.

Consider your guests, they need  time too. You’ll need to give four months’ notice, minimum, to guests invited to a destination wedding.  Six to eight weeks ahead is the rule for sending invites to a traditional wedding, but they need to plan as well.  Most of your guests will have to schedule vacation time to attend.

2. Stick to your budget. It is easier to keep costs in check with destination weddings, especially if the resort is all inclusive.  Many of the resorts have wedding packages that are priced in tiers.  Add-ons are usually offered.  Tempting as they may be, make sure they fit into your budget.

3. Be communicative. Send out save-the-date cards as soon you have decided on the date and location.  They can put in their vacation requests.  You may consider setting up a wedding website to keep guests up to date on the details. Let them know how to book their rooms and airfare,  This is where the travel agent can take the stress and overwhelm off your plate!  Your travel agent will be able to give your guests the details of the resort, the weather forecast so they know what they need to pack and through communication with you, an itinerary of the events to take place.