Destination wedding planning has been a major part of the wedding industry for years and if you do not have the necessary resources to assist you with the planning then you may have a difficult time figuring out what to do when it comes to making plans for a destination wedding.
Now, I know you have looked over several REGULAR wedding budgets but I am not so sure that you have ever even glanced at what it would take to fund a destination wedding. Even though it is true that most of your wedding expenses will be similar in nature, whether you are in your local nationality or if you are miles away on the other side of the globe, there are still some expenses that are pretty much unique to destination wedding planning. That is why I have put together this little list of things to keep in mind when you decide to think about your destination wedding plans.
Let us take a look:
1. Visiting your site location
Now, if you can actually make wedding plans for several months ahead then it would be a wise idea to go and visit your wedding site location. It is as simple as this, if you were planning on getting married locally I know that you would not even dream of booking a venue without getting a first-hand view of it. Am I right?
Therefore, make plans to do the same with your overseas wedding destination site, it will save you any problems that could occur on the actual wedding day.
2. Foreign Travel Expenses
This is as straight forward as it gets. It could be in the form of airfare, room/accommodation, car rental and/or airport transfer, meals, any form of entertainment, tip money, etc. Even in some situations you may even have to pay for airport parking. Other expenses could even be in the form of additional cell phone charges, internet access, etc. But whatever it is you are planning and wherever you are planning on going, make sure you check all the finer details as it relates to expenses and costs.
Now this issue of expense can even be broken down to include friends and family, wedding vendors and group excursions. Let me break down these a bit more for you.
a. Family and Friends Travel Expenses
It is only natural that some of your friends and family members will be asked to join you on your special day. However, since you are asking the most important people in your life to join you away from home, there might just be some of them who simply cannot afford to make it overseas. If this should be the case and you really want to have a special few attend, then YOU will need to DECIDE if you are willing and able to find additional funds in your budget to assist those people with their travel expenses. This is why you need to make a decision early when it comes to destination wedding planning. That way you will have your budget ready and waiting to see what can and cannot be accommodated.