The destination wedding of your dreams is going to be at your favorite beach resort, but feel overwhelmed with the many tasks ahead? Here is a list of 7 Exciting Must-Do’s for the Bride-to-Be.
Here is a short list to get you started.
1. Set a budget for your destination wedding and start saving up accordingly
Saving up for a destination wedding can be one of the most economical steps a bride-to-be could take to make sure the big day goes off without any problems. Deciding who will be footing the bill is paramount, as it is important to factor that in when choosing the wedding destination and setting the budget. Look for not only breathtaking scenery, and white sand beaches, but also great deals.
The costs can quickly add up so it pays (pun intended!) to start saving all necessary funds in advance. Investigate and compare the all-inclusive wedding packages on offer. Budget for every wedding expense: your dress, the reception venue, the wedding cake. Aside from the obvious, don’t forget to add every detail your dream wedding should include. Make a list. You control the overall cost of your wedding. Don’t forget to factor in the wedding coordinator. Once you have a general idea, plus a contingency amount in mind, your stress levels can remain manageable throughout the planning process.
2. Choose who you want in your bridal party – maid of honor, bridesmaids at your destination wedding
As the wedding celebrations approach, one of the most exciting tasks is selecting who you want to stand by your side for the journey. Your bridal party. Who will be your maid of honor? Who will you ask to be bridesmaids? Your second cousins or your closest friends?
Choose carefully and ask the right people – these are the people who will make every step leading up to your special day a memorable one. Make sure to specify their responsibilities in advance, as well as plan some fun activities to keep everyone engaged. Your bridal party will be an integral part of creating a lifetime of memories. Ask those who you know will not only honor the request but can create lasting moments that you won’t soon forget.
3. Start looking at wedding venues and book one that you love
A destination wedding is an ideal way to start off a lifelong journey of love! Even if you don’t know where in paradise your perfect all-inclusive resort may be. Planning a destination wedding starts right at the top… with picking the ideal place! From your research and possible visits, you will find a destination that has everything you need for an unforgettable experience. Make a list of the must-haves. Beautiful sights, amenities, the service. You are about to create life-long memories, not only for you and your fiance but also for your wedding guests.
A great way to start is visually browsing through social media and various destination wedding sites to get inspired. Start compiling a list of your favorite all-inclusive resorts for your beach wedding. You will surely find a place that not only ticks off all the boxes. Send out queries about affordable wedding packages. Don’t be afraid to ask about the rehearsal dinner. Some resorts offer free anniversary nights. Your destination wedding specialist can negotiate additional perks for you and your future husband, as a part of your inclusive destination wedding package. Confirming and booking your beach destination wedding venue will bring your one step closer to your destination dreams come true!
4. Send out save-the-dates to all your guests
Before you get too overwhelmed with the task of planning a wedding, why not start by sending out your save-the-dates to your guest list? Sending email invitations is an efficient, cost-effective, and perfectly acceptable way of getting the word out. There are many online design tools that can help you customize the perfect email invite. My favorite is Canva. It’s easy to use and has a huge library of free images.
It’s always a good idea to ask for a fast reply so you can keep track of those attending and plan accordingly. (This is also a good time to set up your wedding registry to give your guest plenty of time to decide what gifts they would like to purchase.)
Don’t forget to spread the good news by emailing all your close friends and every family member. About six months before the actual wedding, follow up when the official wedding invitation. Request firm RSVPs, which will be crucial when sending the final confirmations to the resort.
5. Start shopping for your wedding dress – find something that makes you feel beautiful
Shopping for your wedding gown can be an exhilarating experience, so don’t be afraid to have some fun with it! Start off by scouring off-the-rack samples and sample sales to find a look you love. Then, with that in mind, check out the latest fashion magazines. Websites for great for spotting new trends and design tips. Our favorite is Azazi. It offers a huge array of choices.
As you shop, try to find something that is both timeless and reflects your personal style. Classic looks never go out of fashion so keep that in mind. Your destination wedding budget may include a little extra for a getaway dress, as you depart for your honeymoon. Most of all, remember that the dress should make you feel beautiful; no matter what trend or style you choose, it should be just perfect for you!
6. Choose a color scheme and theme for the wedding
Deciding on a color scheme and theme for the wedding is an exciting step! Start by thinking about what your favorite color is – what will bring you joy when you look around the venue? Then consider what complements both you and the groom, as these colors will be prominent in many aspects of the special day.
Factor in what season and location your wedding will take place when deciding what colors to use – this can influence what color shades look most beautiful in a certain environment. Paying attention to all of these details should create a palette that reflects who you and your partner are as individuals, but also together as a couple.
7. Decide what your groom will wear
As a bride-to-be, you know that choosing what your groom should wear is just as important as picking out the perfect dress. Whether your groom needs help with suit selection or help to accessorize, it’s important to help him look spectacular on your special day. Weigh various options accordingly, like having him in a three-piece suit or a tuxedo, and help him pick out details like ties, pocket squares, and cufflinks that will help complete his ensemble.
If you find yourself needing help along the way, don’t hesitate to get the wedding party involved! Your best friend or a trusted family member will surely appreciate the invite to come along. Even if you opt for a budget wedding, at the end of the day, you both deserve to look amazing on this unforgettable day.
While all of the tasks that a bride-to-be has to do before their big day may seem overwhelming, with a bit of organization, the journey to “I do” doesn’t have to be so stressful. Whether you plan a traditional wedding or a unique wedding ceremony, the best way to cope with undue stress is to set a budget and start to save accordingly. Finding out who will be in your bridal party, or choosing what the groom will wear for the special occasion–each task should be completed thoughtfully and with enthusiasm. After all, it’s one of the most memorable moments in your life.
Lastly don’t forget to create a fun color scheme and wedding theme too. There are some great options for bridesmaids’ dresses online. Think of all these little details and each personal touch (such as your writing out your own original wedding vows) as a step toward the best wedding possible. Taking care of the details now will pay off as they can help set your wedding day apart from the rest and make yours truly special!
With all these tasks in mind, it’s important to stay organized throughout this wedding planning process – try creating a timeline or checklist with key milestones for you and any involved parties. Purchasing a comprehensive wedding planner might be a good idea.
It may be one of the best ways to keep track of how much money is already spent, what is a good price point for each item on your list, add contact information for each extra guest, the wedding gift registry, and every other additional cost. From gathering ideas on Pinterest boards to jotting down notes at vendor meetings – remember organization will be the key to lessening your stress level and enjoying this fabulous journey you and your fiance will travel together for the next few months.
Remember to enjoy the journey – it’s the time leading up to your wedding day that will create some of your favorite memories. Good luck and have fun!