Avoiding stress in planning a destination wedding
The decision to get married is a big one in every couple’s relationship. The bride- and groom-to-be are excited for their new future together and of course, the upcoming big day. A destination wedding can be special and romantic and will create memories that a newlywed couple will treasure long into their happy marriage – but there is an assumption that planning a far off wedding is a stressful experience. Senior Functions Coordinator from Prince’s Grant Coastal Golf Estate, Jacolette Mostert tells us why this is not always the case.
The most important (and obvious) factor in planning your destination wedding is the location. The location of your wedding will decide quite a few factors such as what time of year you will get married and how many guests you invite. Holiday seasons and the weather will play big parts in your decision. You don’t have to change your location because of these things but be sure to work around them.
The perfect venue for a beach wedding would be somewhere like Prince’s Grant, where guest accommodation and transport is taken care of and the bride prep, ceremony and reception can all be held at the same place. A destination wedding cannot be planned without someone in the area and who knows the area, so Prince’s Grant will provide you with a functions coordinator to help you make sure you have the day you are dreaming of.
Jacolette advises brides to start planning their beach wedding as early as possible. “Starting early is one sure-fire way to reduce wedding stress,” she says. “Most places will give you discount for booking early too. Having as many details finalized as early as you can means you have less to worry about in the weeks and days leading up to the wedding.”
It is a good idea to send out save the dates at least 10-12 months before a destination wedding so that guests can also plan around it. If there is travel involved, your guests will have to take time off work and save up enough money to get there. Make it clear on the save the date what you are and are not paying for so that guests can budget for what they need. You don’t need to pay for everything – such as hotel rooms and air tickets – unless you want to. If your guests want to be there they will make a plan to be there. “In our experience, if you give your family and friends the excuse for a few days’ holiday, they will jump at the chance,” says Jacolette.
If possible, try to arrive at your destination 5-7 days before the wedding, Jacolette advises. This will give you enough time to work out any last minute kinks and help you stay on top of your stress level. If you are using local DJ’s and photographers, use this time to meet with them and finalize any late minute details. This goes for hair and make-up artists as well. Don’t use your wedding day to experiment with hair and make-up. Book a trial in the days leading up to the wedding so that you can make sure you are happy with how you look – remember those photos will last forever! Give yourself a day or two to relax as well. You won’t enjoy your wedding if you are exhausted from rushing around from the minute you arrived.
Don’t try to post anything related to your wedding to your venue. This goes for your dress, shoes, flowers, anything important in your wedding. Use a courier or take it yourself when you go. Your wedding won’t be the same if you have to go find a last minute dress or your tables don’t have the flowers you wanted on them. That chance is not worth the risk.
One of the things that make a destination wedding easy to plan is that the scenery provides such beautiful décor; you barely need to add anything at all. If your wedding is on the pristine white beach of Prince’s Grant, overlooking the Indian Ocean with the forest and mountains in the background, no other decoration is needed.
The biggest thing to remember about planning a destination wedding is to keep the end goal in mind. In a few years you will laugh about the things that went wrong and it will be part of the precious memories of the day you unified your love in front of your family and friends. Your wedding is about having fun and enjoying your special day, it only comes once in a lifetime. “With the right approach, planning your wedding on the beach doesn’t have to be the nightmare you expect. Don’t be too shy to ask for help and you will be amazed at how much people are willing to do to make a bride happy on her day,” says Jacolette.
If you would like to have your dream destination wedding at Prince’s Grant Coastal Golf Estate, you can contact their function coordination team on 032 482 0005 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.