The Ultimate Destination Wedding Survival Guide for The Newly Engaged Couple

01.02.23 08:30 PM By Flora Jordan

Congratulations! You found The One, got engaged, and are having a destination wedding. YAY! A destination wedding is both a wedding and a tropical vacation with your closest family and friends. It’s really a “wedcation” Sounds fabulous right? It is.. assuming you have these 6 essentials in place! This wedding survival guide is exactly what you need to plan a destination wedding that will truly be fabulous!

1. Get Started Right Away

In today’s post-COVID environment, dates & availability are booking up faster than ever before! Many couples are eager to finally say “I DO!” in an amazing location, just as they had hoped before the pandemic! Now dates are booking up fast, so don’t procrastinate, start researching resort wedding venues & availability now!

2. You Don’t Have To Know It All

You may think you have to know everything about planning a destination wedding before you begin, but that’s simply not true! You don’t need to have it all figured out to get started. The two most important things you need to start working on is making a list of potential destinations you would like to get married, and then, a list of potential resort wedding venues to hold your wedding & wedding group at.

3. Consider Doing a Pre-Wedding Planning Trip

Hey, who doesn’t like the samples at Costco, before you buy a 12-pack of hot chocolate bombs? Right? Once you have a destination wedding location chosen, then it’s time to figure out which wedding venue & resort to have your ceremony and host your group. One of the most effective ways to choose a wedding resort & venue is to visit it first before you decide. In fact, many resorts offer special “wedding visit” packages to encourage you to visit their resort, hoping you will choose them for your destination wedding.

4. Get a New Email for Only Wedding Related Conversions

In order to have a successful destination wedding, you have to be organized. I
always suggest that you create a special email address exclusively for your
wedding & honeymoon. This way all of your wedding correspondence &
conversations will be in one spot! Believe me, this will save you so much time
and probably money in the end. The last thing you want is a confirmation email
requesting you to verify your wedding date & time at the resort, and you miss it
in a crowded inbox sandwiched between emails from Peleton & your uncle’s
gallbladder surgery!

5. Consider Getting a New Credit Card That Earns Miles

As long as you are going to be charging your wedding expenses, you might as
well earn some reward miles to help you pay for your travel. This is a great time
to open a new credit card that will earn you miles or points for future or even
current travel. You could actually get your airfare paid for if you play your credit
cards right!

6. Consider Working with a Destination Designer or Specialist

If you want to ensure that your destination wedding will be planned correctly and reduce the stress and frustration you may feel when trying to plan this all on your own, it may be worth it to invest in a destination wedding designer or planner. A destination wedding planner or designer knows the ins and outs of a destination wedding and has plenty of experience setting up wedding groups, negotiating contracts, and managing all of the logistics for you and your guests. They will also make sure that you receive ALL the amenities & perks you will qualify for as well. Things that many resorts won’t tell you unless you ask.
A destination wedding is a fabulous time of celebrating your marriage and having an amazing vacation all at the same time. Most of your
family & friends are bound to have an amazing experience, but it's never guaranteed—and the chances of having a bad one can happen once in a while. The best way to avoid problems is to implement these 6 tips in my survival guide.

And by the way. If you feel like you just need a little help planning your destination wedding, or you’re ready to have all of this lifted off of your shoulders, then I encourage you to use this link, to schedule a free 30-minute strategy session with me! I would be honored to help your figure out everything you need for your dream wedding to come true!

Flora Jordan