5 Tips for Finding the Perfect Wedding Venue

Planning for the big day is a stressful time and finding a wedding venue is one of the hardest decisions a couple has to make. Finding a location for the event that accommodates the perfect theme, achieves the desired look, and provides the necessary amenities is tough. Here are five tips to help narrow down the venue list.

Figure Out a Budget

Picking a place to host the ceremony without having a very firm budget is never a good idea. Before touring spaces and meeting with owners, the bride and groom need to figure out how much they can afford to spend. Venues’ costs vary greatly, depending on location, amenities, and included rentals-think tables, chairs, and linens.

Date or Location-Which Matters Most?

Some couples select a wedding venue based on available dates. If they have a specific date in mind, or are working around other commitments, the times available matter more than the space itself. Before deciding on a location, figure out if the date of the wedding or the location of the ceremony is more important. The more flexible the couple can be on their date, the more choices they’ll have.

Pick a Location Before Choosing a Theme

One of the most common mistakes engaged couples make is picking a theme before finding a place for the ceremony and reception. The space for the ceremony often dictates which themes are appropriate. Remember, most spaces are unwilling to change the paint color on their walls or the underlying decor of a room just because the bride has already chosen colors that clash with their facility’s design. Know the space before deciding on wedding colors and themes. That way, the location will enhance the theme rather than detract from it.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Outdoors

Decorations and flowers are one of the more expensive parts of a wedding. Choosing a place for the ceremony that makes use of landscaping and natural views can dramatically reduce the cost of decorations. Well-designed courtyards, gardens, and natural areas provide a beautiful backdrop full of elements that naturally draw the eye. Rather than spending hundreds on floral arrangement, make use of these elements.

Know the Guest Count

Don’t worry about turning guests away because the space is too small. Before committing to a wedding venue, have a firm idea of the number of guests that will be attending. Some locations can accommodate hundreds of guests, while others can only accommodate 20 or 30 people. Your chosen place does not always set the numbers; the local fire marshal determines how many people can safely occupy a space at a given time. Anything over that amount makes the space uncomfortable, puts the venue at risk for fines, and, in the event of an emergency, can make the situation more dangerous.

Four Weddings and Counting

I love my wife. This is not some scientific fact but an emotional reality. I love her so much so that I have already been married to her four times, and three more weddings ceremonies are still outstanding.

Here is the genesis my love story: There are two versions as to how I met my current wife. Let’s call her Professor D. The first version, possibly more revolutionary says we met in the African National Congress (ANC) Underground in the late 90s. The second version, perhaps closer to the truth is that we met in 2001 following the brutal attack on my late brother. Both versions have some elements of truth. Yes, she was an ANC activist and served on the same ANC structures like me. We attended similar events and shared similar networks, but the truth is we never actually recognised each other in all those encounters. Here is the thing; I was so overwhelmed by white female comrades that my eyes were probably on someone else.

Our second encounter was more dramatic. She came to deliver the worse news that my brother who had been missing for three days was in fact dying in a hospital. He had woken up from a coma and remembered a varsity telephone number of his then Master’s Degree supervisor -yes my current wife is a nerd. So that’s how she came looking for me at the Durban University of Technology to deliver news. Unfortunately, my brother didn’t make it. He passed on the 31st March 2001.

However, something occurred the day we were writing my brother’s obituary. I was narrating and Professor D. was typing. The more I told my brother’s story to her, the more I mentioned titbits about myself. Once, the obituary was completed, we had firmly established that in fact we knew each other way back then in the trenches of the ANC Underground.

After the funeral, I met her to pass on the gratitude of the family for the work she had done for our beloved brother and the family in mourning. This was meant to be last meeting, but something happened. I recall seating in her car completely enchanted by this woman. I was drawn to her dignified beauty, courteous nature and abundance of kindness. It was clear to me that I had to keep talking to her or my only chance to salvage something would be gone in seconds. At some stage, we embraced to say our goodbyes, and then something extraordinary occurred: we kissed. We kissed again, and again. I was so overwhelmed by this historic moment that a tear dropped. I knew intuitively then that I was in love. In that instant, she literally, “took my sorrow and my pain, and buried them away.” To this day the melody of Brandi Carlile’s song “Hiding My Heart Away” rings in my head of course with a twist. It goes like this: “It was in the darkest of my days when you suddenly blew me away, blew me away.” We later on the same day went out for a couple of drinks and parted on good terms. This was the beginning of a whirlwind romance that has lasted the whole of sixteen years and counting. Hardly, three months after our first kiss, I moved in with her as a tenant. The story of how this tenant became a landlord is a stuff of legends to be told another day.

Our first marriage was low-key. We were married at the Post Office. Yes, you can marry someone at the Post Office without even knowing anything about it. This is despite the fact that both of us were ill-prepared for our first marriage. Our plan was a simpler one – to get an affidavit that confirms that I was a live-in partner with her. This was a requirement for me to be enlisted on her medical aid. In all honesty, all we needed was official a stamp of the Commissioner of Oaths. Our Commissioner of Oath, clearly a man of some repute studied the forms and an affidavit with a fine-tooth comb. He didn’t mince his words: “Do you guys understand what you’re putting yourself into? Are you ready to be married in law? At first, we chuckled, then it hit us, we weren’t ready for the legal consequences of a live-in partner legal agreement. We composed ourselves and confirmed that yes indeed we understood the consequences. He stamped the affidavit and signed, we soon left as a married couple. We had a good chuckle outside the Post Office and sealed it with a kiss.

Our second marriage was very serious and formal. We appeared before the Mauritian high court in Port Louis to swear before a Judge that yes indeed we knew the legal consequences of our marriage. We also had to swear that there was no impediment to our nuptials. We were duly married in terms both of the Mauritian and International Laws.

Our third marriage was more fun under the open sky at the Mauritian beach hotel. The marriage officer explained the rationale thus, “It is appropriate, therefore, that this wedding of Bhekisisa and Professor D be under the open sky, where we are close to the earth and to the unity of life, the totality of living things of which we are part.”

We then did the whole radical thing of making up our own vows: “I, Bhekisisa, take you, Professor D, as my friend and love, beside me and apart from me, in laughter and in tears, in conflict and tranquillity, asking that you be no other than yourself, loving what I know of you, trusting what I do not know yet, in all the ways that life may find us.” There was no customary line: “You may now kiss the bride.” Nevertheless, we couldn’t escape the kissing part though – we kissed in front of a small audience of holiday makers from all over the world. We then did another revolutionary act by having our wedding pictures taken along the tranquillity of the Indian Ocean. It was total bliss. No guests. No priest. No fuss. The only official witness was our then three-year-old daughter, Miss N.

Our fourth marriage was at our house in Durban, a few weeks after the Mauritian junket. We had about 50 guests. It was jovial and amber liquids flowed. We convinced ourselves that we had done enough wedding ceremonies to last us a lifetime. In fact, we erroneously thought that we had gone the whole hog. We were wrong.

Prior to the Mauritian junket, I proudly reported to my family that I was going to get married. I apologised that they couldn’t come due to exorbitant costs. Upon my return, I duly went home to report the good news in person. My father stunned me. He was furious. He said it to my face that I wasn’t married. “When did we kill a cow to ask for a blessing of the ancestors for this so-called marriage? When was umembeso? In Zulu culture, umembeso is when the groom’s family takes gifts to the bride’s family to say thank you for the gift of their new daughter in-law. The groom’s family is welcomed by the father of the bride to the sounds of singing and ululating as one family loses a daughter and another gain. My mother not to be outdone politely asked: “When is the white wedding?”

The snag with the whole Zulu version of marriage ritual is that it assumes a posture of being a superior culture. According to the narrative of my parents unless I do my marriage as per their template, I’m not married. But, there is a clash of cultures here. My wife is English. She is a daughter of a French Mauritian father and an English speaking mother. She was born in Durban. She doesn’t believe in white weddings. She refuses to have anything to do with a wedding ceremony where the killing of poor cows and goats happens willy-nilly. She has neither relationship nor knowledge of the whole ancestors’ thingy. I don’t believe in white weddings. I do not have financial resources for a fanciful ancestral blessing of my marriage.

Nonetheless, I owe my parents and the village of my birth two wedding ceremonies – the traditional as well as the white wedding. Oh, we also haven’t registered our marriage with the South African Home Affairs. I guess three more wedding ceremonies are on the horizon.

Choosing the Perfect Wedding Umbrella for Your Big Day

Getting married? Collecting all the accessories to complement that perfect wedding dress?

Well, a wedding umbrella is an accessory you might want to give a thought to.

Umbrellas are not all about rain (even though a few showers are considered auspicious); they can make an oh-so-cute accent to an already impressive dress. It can also shield you and your bridesmaids from the sun on a hot sunny afternoon. So, what are some of your options when it comes to wedding umbrellas? Check it out.

Go transparent –

It’s the best choice if you’re expecting some rain on your D-day. It has your covered in case the showers come down. And if you’re lucky enough to have a dry one, use it as prop for some intimate wedding photo-ops. They are generally dome-shaped and of a larger size. With wholesale options, you can get transparent wedding umbrellas for the entire bridal entourage.

Think colors –

Weddings need not be black and white. You can add a pop of color by opting for brightly colored wedding umbrellas. Or keep it toned down by simply adding a colored trim. Stick to brighter hues such as red, blues, yellows, pastels and purple for they create some great-looking photographs. The weather can dictate your choice of colors. If you are a little dicey about the colors, stick to your theme colors.

Heart-shaped –

There is nothing that collocates better than weddings and hearts. A bright red, crimson or a shade of pink makes the best bet. Declare your love with a heart-shaped umbrella that you can later treasure as a keepsake.

Pagoda –

Add an Asian touch to your wedding attire with a pagoda parasol. The unusual shape makes it a unique addition. However, with a pagoda parasol, you need to be a little careful, to check if it matches the rest of your theme. They come in plenty of color and material options, so you are sure to find something.

Embellished umbrellas –

Look for umbrellas with embellishments. It is an easy way to make an ordinary umbrellas stand out. Ruffles and frills along the trim look girly and playful. Think about luxurious materials like satin and silk. Flowers, beads and sequins can also help spruce up a dull-looking umbrella.

Dainty lace –

Definitely not the option if you are looking for some protection from the rain, but a sure tick if you are planning a vintage wedding. Wedding umbrellas made from delicate, cutwork lace can never go wrong as a wedding accessory. They are feminine. They are elegant. They are romantic. You can get a lace wedding umbrella that matches the lace motifs on your dress.

Custom-Made –

A lot of couples today prefer custom-made accessories. This way it gets more personal and they can also double as interesting photo-props. Custom-made umbrellas with inscriptions such as “Just Married” or the couples name and wedding date can be a great option.

A latest addition to the lineup of wedding umbrellas is the LED umbrellas. You can also get paper umbrellas to hand over to your guests as takeaways.

Flower Arrangements for a Beach Wedding

Beach weddings are romantic and the flowers you choose need to match your wedding venue. You will need flowers for the bridal bouquet, the boutonnieres, bridesmaid bouquets, wedding and reception decorations, etc. They play an important part of any wedding. For a beach wedding, you need flowers that reflect that theme. You should choose flowers that are resilient and can withstand the heat. Some of these flowers can include tropical flowers such as:

• Bird-of-paradise
• Cymbidium orchids
• Heliconias
• Anthurium

These are all colorful flowers that will not wilt in the heat and will add color to the beach wedding.

Beach wedding bouquets

For the bride’s bouquet, you should choose something sophisticated with a combination of three or four flowers. You will need for the bridesmaid a floral arrangement that is not as fancy. An eye catching wedding bouquet could consist of a cascading bouquet that is created out of chartreuse flowers, hosta leaves, cymbidium orchids, leucadendron, and gloriosia lilies. To give this cascading bouquet touches of softness add some satin ribbons. For the bridesmaid the ideal bouquet using one flower would look great. For example, the bouquet could be a solid bouquet made of tiny orchids or calla lilies. It should be in the bridal theme colors and tied with a coordinating ribbon. By keeping the bridesmaid bouquet’s simply there is more focus on the bride’s bouquet.

Beach wedding centerpieces

For these, mix flowers with traditional beach items like pebbles, seashell, starfish, or paper boats. You could use a rattan planter and fill it with long stemmed calla lilies and white orchids. You could also use small flowers in a small vase surrounded with pebbles and shells. You could also use candles with scents that remind people of the beach and surround them with shells and pebbles. If you use small centerpieces, you could use one or two small ones or one large one per table.

In conclusion

What many brides do not do is consider the climate where the wedding is being held. Yes, a beach wedding’s weather is going to be hot but depending on the time of the wedding the temperature can vary. If you are having an early morning wedding make sure that the flowers you choose will stay fresh throughout the wedding ceremony and reception. Talk to the florist and ask if they have experience with choosing flowers for beach weddings. If they do not then you should find a florist that does.

Some brides choose a resort package to have the wedding, reception, and honeymoon and in many of the packages, floral arrangements are included. If you do not like the floral arrangement, ask if it can be changed to what you like.

Giving a Wedding Toast

I understand that being required to give a toast is part of your duty as in your role as a Best Man, Maid/Matron of Honor. I want to reassure you that even though it took me 4 months to prepare these remarks – it will take you just a few minutes to work through them!

I have had the great privilege of emceeing large events, speaking to large crowds and officiating some spectacular ceremonies.

This is what I know about weddings: a) The processional feels like it takes 2 hours. b) The ceremony feels like it lasted two minutes. c) I’m so glad that I am sitting at the VIP table and get to eat right after the head table!

As the best man, person, or women, this IS an honor for you, and you will shoulder some responsibility-which we will explore.

At the end of the day, you were chosen because you are who you are, you do what you do, and you have helped your friend(s) to get to where they are in life. So… BE YOURSELF!

Bullet points: Here’s a list of important items to include:

· Introduce yourself.

· Thank the groom for choosing you as best man and being a good friend.

· Insert amusing story about the groom or bride (nothing that would get either in trouble or make grandma blush!) Be nice!

· What impact the bride has had on the groom.

· A final toast to the couple wishing them… (your words here)

IMPORTANT: Keep it simple, keep it short.

The very first thing you want to do is introduce yourself. Second, touch lightly on the relationship you have with the groom.

Share a story or memory about how the they were before meeting each other, and how they are now. The meaning and beauty of their relationship.

Stay clear of ex’s, big life mistakes, or sensitive issues. Be nice. Remember, weddings are rated “PG”.

Your toast should be your words… what do you want to wish, hope, or pray for them in the future… Your total relationship will be demonstrated in these words you use to share with and for them…

Some things to remember…

1. Prepare. Don’t walk into the wedding reception thinking you’ll know exactly what to say when you get there. If you have a few months before the wedding, start mulling over some ideas for the speech. Begin brainstorming and jotting down thoughts, stories, jokes, and quotes you might want to use. If you don’t know a lot about how your buddy and his wife met, ask. Think of stories from you and your buddy’s past that show what a great guy he is. The goal of the speech is to celebrate the couple and make them look good.

2. Stay sober. Sure, you want to enjoy yourself, and yes, alcohol may help take the edge off giving a speech in front of hundreds of strangers; they don’t call alcohol liquid confidence for nothing. But make sure you’re not sloppy drunk when you give your speech. You don’t want to be completely uninhibited or you might say something you’ll regret later. Besides, a real man doesn’t need a crutch to help him tackle a challenge. Be man enough to postpone your own gratification until after the speech is completed.

3. Open by expressing gratitude. Thank all the people who made the day possible: wedding party, and the parents.

4. Tell a story-make a connection. The ideal way to structure your words is to find a connection between a story about your friend and your support for the couple. Or tell a story about the moment when you were hanging out with the couple and you realized your friend had found his match. Another good angle is to talk about the way that they balance one another. Relate a funny (not embarrassing, see below) anecdote in which one of your friend’s personality traits tripped them up in some way. For example, the story could be about how your friend is very shy and how this shyness caused some humorous event to occur. You then talk about how bubbly and outgoing the other is, and how they therefore balance each other and make a perfect team.

5. Avoid controversial topics. Keep your speech on topics that aren’t controversial, offensive, or embarrassing. You would think this is common sense, but people somehow forget this when they’re standing with a microphone in their hand in front of a crowd of people.

What gets people in trouble is attempting to be funny by sharing some embarrassing story or cracking some lame joke about a ball and chain. It usually comes out horribly and no one laughs.

It’s okay to share a humorous anecdote, but not one that gets laughs at the expense of your friend and his new wife and embarrasses them and their guests. Don’t talk about past relationships, don’t tell people what you really thought of your friend’s ex, don’t slam the food, don’t make comments about “looking forward to the honeymoon” while winking at the bride- basically, just use some tact and common sense.

6. Avoid inside jokes. It’s not fun when only a few people get it, it leaves others feeling cheated and not included. If you want to keep people’s attention, save the inside jokes for when it’s just you and your friend.

7. Keep it short. Shoot for no more than five minutes.

8. Think about ending with a quote. An easy way to end is by using a quote that wraps the speech up nicely. “Marriage is not about finding a person you can live with, it’s about finding the person you can’t live without.” After that you can simply say, “My friend has found that person.” The End.

9. Raise your glass and propose a toast. Raise your glass and say something to the effect of: “Here’s to a lifetime of happiness and love for ____ and ____!”

10. Remember to be yourself. No need to get formal or try to be someone you’re not. And there’s no need to follow these instructions exactly either. Simply use them as a guide and be yourself. Let it flow naturally. Use your natural voice and mannerisms. Make it personal and sincere and say things from the heart and you should be golden.

The Stress Free Bride To Be Stay Calm

Once you say yes the games will begin! Your mind will not stop. You will eat, sleep and breathe “wedding”. Some of the best advice I can give you do not make hasty decisions! First, figure out a budget. Once the budget has been determined the fun really starts. You have to decide how to spend it! You have the weight of the world on your shoulders, or at least you’ll feel that way at times. Again don’t make hasty decisions. Do not let a vendor push you to make a hasty decision. You will almost always hear a vendor say ” please let me know ASAP because I have had several inquiries about your date”. Not always, but many times that’s a sales tactic.

Some more of my “best advice”. Don’t diet, but start eating healthy, start taking a good daily multi-vitamin, drink water all day and get plenty of sleep. If you like wine drink a glass a day before bed.

By now you have looked at just about every wedding and bridal site, you have bought magazines, and begun researching venues. Go for it! Once you have spent some time looking at dress styles, decor, colors and venues take a few days and don’t look at anything. Just relax and visualize. What really sticks in your mind? What is it that you think you just have to have? Don’t try to copy other brides, and please beware of trends. Be you, you are who you are, and you are unique and beautiful.

You can hire a wedding planner, and your life will be simple. If you have the budget for a planner go for it! However, I would not recommend skimping on another vendor to hire a planner. You are an intelligent person, you got this. Vendors can offer excellent advice. More than likely your vendors have attended hundreds of weddings. They know what works, and what doesn’t. Don’t be shy, ask questions.

Now for my biased photographer’s opinion. Do not have a friend or relative photograph your wedding! In fact, in a perfect world, every couple would have an unplugged wedding, but we will go over that in a future post. Think about this for a minute. When the wedding is over, the flowers have died, the dress is stored or sold, what will you have left of one of the most important days of your life? Photographs!

Beach Wedding Dresses Tips

Nothing is more romantic that getting married on the beach. One important factor that many brides seem to stress over the most is their beach wedding dress. To your future husband he cannot see why you are stressing over a dress. He would think you were beautiful if you married him wearing a potato sack. The one thing about a beach wedding is that when selecting a dress pretty much anything would be appropriate, even a full-length white wedding dress. Before shopping for perfect dress, here are some things to think about.

Does it look good on you?

It would be great if you could walk into a shop and find the perfect dress in the first one you try on but every woman knows that is almost impossible. Take your time choosing a dress. Try them on and get a second opinion, look in the mirror at all angles, and if does not look good on you try another dress. You want to wear a dress that flatters your figure and wears well, even if you have to have it altered slightly.

The elements

The weather plays a very important part of the beach wedding attire. Not only do you have the weather but also the water, sun, and sand. If you plan a day wedding when the hot bright sun is overhead, choosing a heavy, bulky wedding dress with long sleeves would not be a good idea. For beach weddings, most brides will opt for strapless, sleeveless, or slip dresses that will help you stay cool in the sun. It is also advisable if you choose to have the traditional long white dress that it does not have a train. When you are escorted across the sand to your future husband, the train will be dragging across the sand. Not only is that not an attractive sight but the train will get very dirty. Choose a length that ends at or a few inches below your knees.

If you want to have a traditional veil do not choose the big cathedral veil because it will look very awkward to see it blowing in the ocean breeze. Use a small veil that just covers your face. When choosing your wedding dress think about the shoes because you do not want to attempt to walk across the sand in five-inch heels. Choose a nice pair of sandals or flats.

Venue

When choosing a setting for your wedding blend the tone and setting around your beach wedding dress. For example, if you were getting married on the beach in front of a five star resort, a casual dress and flip-flops would be too casual. To choose the right beach wedding dress, have a venue picked out first.

Top 3 Tips for Amazing Winter Wedding Photography

Wedding photos convey the warmth of human emotions and rituals with grandeur and style. With couples and families deciding to walk down the aisle during winters, it is necessary to make suitable preparations. Though winters with typically overcast and chill weather may not be the most camera-friendly season, it is possible to get the best images to adorn your album. Lift the quality of photos with the following tips to freeze the moments of your wedding.

Making the most of a stark landscape
Seasons bring visual changes to surroundings, like little props in a studio. Winters traditionally get that stark look, with the mercury dipping. If wedding photo shoots take place after a snowfall, the opportunities to get exciting pictures are endless. The bride should wear make-up that is light to contrast with the stark backdrops. The beauty of a cute little boutonniere, or that adorable bouquet set against the frosty landscape will capture wonderful memories with a timeless tag.

Illuminate expressions with adequate lighting
With natural lighting expected to play truant, the couple should plan outdoor shoots with artificial lighting in mind. These shoots may take a little longer than photo sessions in natural light. Therefore, couples should plan their day keeping this in mind. For winter wedding photography, professional photographers choose tripod lighting, and other artificial lighting such as reflectors. This takes a wee bit more time than other shoots.

Choose the right dresses to stay warm and look comfortable
Winters can be bone-chilling occasions. And generally, the bride and groom are not swathed in heavy layers of clothing for a wedding. They choose dresses that are exquisite and stylish permitting comfortable mobility. Therefore, the warm clothing that the couple may additionally wear, before or during a photo shoot should be chosen with care. It should not mar the appearance of the wedding wear or leave a crumpled look.

It is all about expecting the unexpected with the right preparation and a cheerful mind. Unpredictable weather need not play spoilsport. Choose the right photographer to do justice to the big day. Discuss your itinerary with the photographer. Look at met forecasts, and tweak your plans accordingly to get the most from your photos. Wedding photography is not about appearing ordinary in extraordinary moments. It is all about appearing comfortable, with a natural warmth and spontaneity in one of the biggest moments. And this, dear reader, calls for having the best team behind that camera.

What You Should Know When Buying Wedding Shoes

Your wedding day is your big day, and you should look good from head to toe. When you are buying the units there are some things you should know:

You will be wearing the shoes the entire day

When buying the units, it’s good to know that unlike the other days when you probably sit in the office most of the time, you will spend your wedding day on your feet. You will walk down the aisle with the shoes, stand for photographs in them, and even dance in them. Since you will be in the shoes the entire day, you should ensure that you buy the most comfortable units you can find.

In addition to size, you should also consider the height of the shoe. As rule of thumb avoid a shoe that is too tall as it will make you uncomfortable. Also, avoid one that is too short as it will make you look too short especially if you are already short. To be comfortable, you should go for a unit that is neither too short nor too tall.

You have to break them in

Just like your regular shoes, you will have to break in your wedding shoes before the big day. Remember that you will be wearing the units the entire day and there is nothing as bad as being with shoes that pinch you all day long. Even after trying on the shoes at the store, you should also wear them one or more days to break them in.

This calls for you to buy them early enough before the wedding day. When wearing them in, you should walk on different surfaces such as the carpet, tiles, and even on hardwood floors. Just make sure that you don’t damage them in the process.

They should match the wedding theme

You shouldn’t buy just any shoes that you come across-you should buy those that match your wedding theme. If you have a white theme, go with white wedding shoes and so on. You will be the focus of the day; therefore, you should be looking your best.

Have a backup plan

It’s common for things to go unexpectedly during the wedding day. For example, it might rain, or even a heel might break. To continue enjoying your big day, it’s wise that you have a backup plan. You should have an extra pair that you will use in the event of an in eventuality.

Enjoy Your Wedding at an Amazing Location

You can set up your wedding and honeymoon at an amazing location. Securing one of the wonderful wedding holiday packages abroad takes the stress out of the planning and it allows you to get the wedding day you will always remember. In order to make this work well, you need to find an outstanding planner and provider to take care of the details with.

If you don’t have a reputable provider on your side, it is going to be hard to know the plans are concrete and going to fall into place. There is a good chance you won’t be traveling to that country until a few days before your wedding takes place. You need to be able to trust them 100% to help you get it all to fall into place. Do your homework to get a great outcome.

Communication

You need to openly communicate with the provider of your wedding holiday packages abroad. Let them know what you are interested and where you would like to go. Share with them the type of wedding and honeymoon you would love to have. They can share with you the various options that fit your budget. Ask any questions you may have and get all the information.

Next, you can decide what you would like to have put in motion for your wedding day. Once you make that decision, they will take care of the rest. They will touch base with you periodically to update you and to let you know about any further options you need to decide upon for the continued planning.

Wedding Party and Guests

When you secure a wedding holiday packages abroad, it is reasonable that you will have a small group of friends and family able to attend. It isn’t practical to assume large numbers of people can come to such an event. You have to decide if you would like to pay for the travel plans of the wedding party and guests or if they will need to pay them on their own.

This can be a bit of a touchy subject so you need to make some decisions early on for the budgeting. You may decide you would like to limit the guests to your parents and other immediate family. Perhaps include a few close friends, but you have to draw the line at some point. The provider can help you with setting up travel plans and accommodations for them.

Some couples make the decision to have the wedding holiday packages abroad for only the two of them. This gives them a lower price and allows them to explore time together in this new place. Then they host a smaller wedding and reception when they get back home for family and friends to attend.

Cost

The good think about a wedding holiday packages abroad is you will get one cost that includes everything. You aren’t going to be paying money to this vendor or that provider in order to get what you need. The cost is often non-refundable so if your plans fall through, you will lose that money. You may need to pay a deposit at the time you set it up and then monthly payments.

The overall cost will vary depending on what is included. Some wedding holiday packages abroad are simple affairs and others are quite lavish. The accommodations you choose, where the wedding will take place, the type of reception, and what you wish to do on your honeymoon all have to be taken into consideration. The terms can be flexible though to fit your budget.