While having a destination might seem like a dream come true for you, actually planning this event can sometimes feel like a nightmare. As if planning a wedding, in general, isn’t stressful enough, now you’re throwing in the added issues with travel, guests, vendors, legalities and more. But if you find the right people to work with and come at this event with an open mind and positive attitude, you can truly make this the wedding you’ve always wanted. So to help you on this journey, here are three tips for finding a venue for your destination wedding.
Know the Size Of Your Party
Before you can really start looking at venues seriously, you first need to know how many people you’re expecting to come and how large of a venue you’ll need to secure. To do this, you’ll need to have a very solid understanding of the guest list for your event. According to Samantha Iacia, a contributor to WeddingWire.com, smaller guest lists are often easier to manage, especially for a destination wedding. But if you just can’t whittle down your list and want everyone to come, just make sure you find a venue that has the space and availability for the size of wedding party that you’re anticipating.
Get A Tour With Modern Technology
While it’s ideal to be able to visit the city or country that you’re going to have your wedding take place before the big day arrives, this simply isn’t possible for some brides or grooms. And although actually being there might make the decision-making process a little easier, modern technology has made it easier than ever to see potential venues without actually having to make the trip. If at all possible, Elizabeth Mitchell, a contributor to Brides.com, recommends video chatting with the venue directly or with your wedding planner so you can get a first-hand look at what the space has to offer you. Additionally, take a peek at Google Maps to see the surrounding area as well, which can give you a better overall picture of the space you’ll hopefully be holding your wedding.
Determine The Logistics
Before you settle on and put down a deposit on a venue, you’ve got to make sure that what they’re offering logistically is what you’ll be needing for your event. According to Stefania Sainato, a contributor to Bridal Guide, this should include learning about how accessible the venue is, if there are people there to assist you on the day of the wedding, any restrictions on vendors of your choosing, catering options, exclusive use of the venue, and how long you’ll actually be able to use the space. Make sure you’ve double-checked all of these items before signing a contract.
If you’re planning a destination wedding, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you find the perfect venue for your event.