Avoid Disappointments When Planning Your Destination Wedding!

Sarah Robinson – Travel Expert & Destination Planner
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Theres always things that can go wrong at any wedding venue,  Either at home or in destination so its a good idea to consider a few pointers to make the planning and wedding less stressful.

 

  • Affordable levels of Accommodation for everyone – Make sure the hotel offers accommodation at different price levels so all your guests have the option to attend. Also consider a resort that has something for everyone.  If you have families attending make sure the property has something for the children too.  Most parents will look for this within a resort for their own family vacation.
  • Is there an indoor option for the ceremony?  Its advisable to check that the resort offers an inside location should the weather not be as hoped that day.
  • Check the options available for the venue including meals.  Often theres a Free wedding package option. However, you may prefer to have a few more luxuries added to make it extra special. Most hotels will have a few levels to consider so you can pick the one that suits you best.  The majority of hotels have their own certified wedding planners in resort and work with you nearer the date of departure to finalize all the details before you arrive.
  • Hair Dresser – Its advisable to speak to your local Hairdresser and ask for advice on a style that will hold with the humidity.  Book a trial view and take photos to show the hairdresser in resort unless your hair dresser is traveling with you.  You may also prefer to take your own styling products.  
  • Sewing repair kit – I would highly recommend taking needle and cotton as you never know if anyone will loose a button or need a quick fix.  Maybe add a few clear buttons to your kit…Just in case!
  • Will there be children attending the wedding? During the reception they can get a little restless. Consider taking a special package for them to keep them occupied such as crayons and a colouring book or stickers.
  • Clothing & Footwear. Take into consideration the weather and the location of the ceremony. Many bridal stores offer Destination type wedding dresses.  Advise them at your appointment so they can offer suitable suggestions.    There are also many great outfit suggestions and ideas for the men. Rather than a full suit, shirt & tie for example.  Shoes may also be something to consider.  A pair of nice heels may be nice for photos in a garden or Gazebo etc but if you plan on the ceremony taking place on the beach, you will need alternative footwear or go with bare feet or a nice pair of flip flops.

If things are not going as planned, such as the venue has to be moved inside because it is raining or the flowers are the wrong shade of pink.  Accept the mishaps and keep a smile on your face.  The day will be much more enjoyable for everyone. The guests will not notice and you can continue to make happy memories.  

To make sure you get the best prices and enough availability, book as soon as possible.  Its advisable to book at least 12-18months in advance.

 
 
 

Engagement Party Planning Basics

Engagement Party Planning Basics
 
Congrats on your engagement! Whether you are the host of the guest of honour or the host, read on to learn more about planning the engagement party.
 
What it’s For
Besides the obvious, this is the perfect time to introduce people who will play an important role in your wedding and for all your family members to meet. Just be sure that the people invited to the engagement party will also be invited to the wedding.
 
Who Hosts
Traditionally the bride’s parents would host this event but now couples are usually hosting their engagement party.  Friends and family can volunteer to host as well but please be sure they understand the financial cost associated with the event.
 
When to Have It
The best time to is usually between 11 and 9 months. This is right before the serious planning begins and if your ring needed to be resized it should be back from the jewelers by now.
 
Where to Have it
If there will be a lot of out of town guests for your wedding I would suggest having a party where you live and another where your guests live.  This way you aren’t asking your guests to travel twice.
 
Depending on how many people you would like to invite you could have the event at home, a restaurant or bar, or maybe even a hall. It is really up to you!
 
How to Invite
Keep it simple. You can make the invite yourself or send out an email using a company like Paperless Post. This is also the perfect time to decide the colours for your wedding if you feel inclined.
 
At this point you may want to start building your registry too to include with the invitation. Although it is not customary many guests now bring presents to the engagement party.
 
What to Serve
Anything you would like! There is no need for an elaborate dinner at this point; it can be as simple as appetizers or just your favorite foods.
 
What to Wear
 This will depend on the setting of your party. If you are having a casual affair a sundress is prefect; if it is a little more of a dressy event then a cocktail dress would suit the event. As for your freshly minted fiancé, he only needs to get as dressed up as you do. 

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Radhika Khan

Victoria Wedding Planner/Wedding Coordinator

 
So you are engaged… This is where we do the happy dance right?! Of course!!
No need to stress, here at BC Wedding Guide  we want to make sure you get all your i’s dotted and t’s crossed!

Congratulations!!!  Here is the place you will be able to find Vendors for your wedding in your area, as well as tons of other tips and tricks to ensuring your wedding goes off without a hitch.

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  • The right questions to ask before putting down a deposit
  • Where to spend your money, and where it is okay to cut costs.
  • Inspirational ideas for your wedding
  • How to have a beautiful day on a budget
  • When to start planning, and where to start
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