Planning a Beach Wedding – Where to Start
For many couples, a romantic beach wedding has been a long time dream. However, daydreaming about a gorgeous beachfront ceremony makes it look so easy and lot of people get stressed when they realize how much planning it really takes to get there. No need to panic, though. You don’t have to be a professional in order to successfully plan your beach wedding– you’ll just have to be flexible, rational and well-organized.
Start planning right after you get engaged! You could probably plan the entire event in six months, but why not take a whole year and do it slowly? More time will allow you to be more flexible and maybe even adjust the wedding date according to the weather conditions or off season discounts on travel arrangement and wedding attire.
Balancing between what you want and what you can afford is very important, so the first step in planning a beach wedding will be to determine your wedding budget. Deciding on the amount of money you are willing to spend for your wedding will help you make realistic plans concerning everything from the date and location to the number of guests. Are you going to pay the wedding yourselves or are you planning on asking the parents to chip in? Will you be paying for the accommodation and travel expenses for the guests or not? How many guests do you have in mind? These things have to be resolved before you go any further with your plans.
The next step in making you beach wedding dream come true is picking the location. Some couples want a tropical beach wedding with palm trees and everything, while others prefer something a little bit more close to home. If your vision of a perfect beach wedding is an intimate but exotic ceremony with a small number of guests, gorgeous Caribbean islands may be exactly what you’re looking for. On the other hand, a local beach close to home can be an equally beautiful setting, too. Not leaving your country really has some benefits, especially when it comes to everybody’s finances. You can afford to invite more guests and they can afford to attend your beach wedding.
Once you’ve got a good idea on where you want to go, it’s time to do some research and see what is the best and the easiest way to get married there. Online resources and tourist agencies are good ways to get information about prices, available dates, popular resorts, venues and their services. If you are traveling abroad be sure to check out wedding packages at resorts because many Caribbean resorts offer to plan your entire wedding and do all the necessary preparations and paperwork for a really affordable price.
Only after you resolve these matters, you can focus your attention on some of the more interesting and creative stuff like: wedding invitations, wedding favors and off course beach wedding attire. Happy planning!
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