Destinations weddings have become one of the most coveted trend for Indian couples. Destination weddings are more of a private affair as compared to the traditional Indian wedding. It is a combination of vacation and wedding, so even if you don’t have enough time to go on an exotic honeymoon, you won’t regret much!
However, planning destination weddings are a lot more challenging than planning weddings. The guests need to be informed in advance, the venues need to be secured as soon as possible and all other things should be taken care of as soon as possible. But people often ask how much in advance? Couples planning destination weddings are known to book the dates almost 18 months in advance, but should you start as early?
Let’s have a look.
Wedding planners recommend deciding the wedding dates about 15to 18 months in advance, so that you have enough time to take care of the other aspects. If you are planning to hire a wedding planner, start looking for one about 12 to 15 months in advance. This is because wedding planners tend to become very busy during the peak wedding season and it becomes very difficult to get the dates. Even if you manage to get the dates, they might ask for extremely high charges since they have to accommodate the dates within their already busy schedules.
The next most important thing to be considered is the invitation list. Guests need to be informed 6 to 8 months in advance, so that they can make the arrangements accordingly. Moreover, they need to book the tickets, hotel accommodations, etc. (if you are not doing it on behalf of them) so they need ample time. Even if you plan to book the tickets and arrange accommodation, you need to know whether all the guests would be able to attend the wedding event or not and make the arrangements accordingly.
Another important thing that needs to be taken care of is the appointment with the beautician and wedding designer. These professionals are very busy as well, especially during the wedding season, so failing to make appointments in advance would mean, you will have to compromise with your looks and styling. Since the bride and groom want to look their best on this special day, you can’t afford to hire anyone other than the best.
People often think that if they are hiring a wedding planner, they need not do anything else; but that’s just not true. In order to make sure that everything is up-to-the-mark and everything is in sync with what you expected you need to work continuously with the wedding planners. Right from choosing the venue, the decoration, food menu, transportation and logistics – you need to supervision everything. It is not that the wedding planners cannot take care of anything; but in order to make sure every minute thing is just the way you want it to be; your supervision is crucial.
Finally, check through all the arrangements at least one month ahead of the final wedding day. People often tend to forget little things. Going through the arrangements and appointments will make sure you don’t leave out anything important.