Planning Your Destination Beach Wedding at Vallarta’s Velas Resorts
Give Your Wedding Guests A Heads Up – It’s important to give your wedding guests as much advance notice about your destination wedding as possible. You should send out beach wedding invitations a minimum of five months in advance so your guests can make the necessary travel, hotel and vacation arrangements.
Destination Weddings May Cost Less than Traditional Weddings – Once the exclusive wedding affairs of celebrities and the ultra-rich, destination weddings have in recent years become affordable to couples looking to add an “exotic touch” to their wedding ceremony. Properly planned, a destination wedding can not only save you money from the cost of a traditional wedding, it can also turn your wedding day into an exotic vacation experience for you and your guests.
Purchase Travel & Hotel Packages – Although it is sometimes possible to negotiate hotel and airline travel separately, you will generally be able to save time and money by negotiating the two as a package. Unfortunately, there have been brides who have negotiated a good rate directly with the hotel only to find out they were unable to find affordable airfare for the them and their families and friends. You should definitely purchase your travel and hotel as a package, or you could be in for a big surprise and a blown budget!
Plan Your Destination Weddings For You AND Your Guests – Destination Weddings can be a fun and relaxing experience for you and your guests – but only if you plan together. For most of the couples, making sure their guests are properly taken care of – and are able to find suitable accommodations, has been just as important as taking care of their own plans. Unfortunately, when guests are left to make plans and arrangements on there own, it is difficult to make sure guests get plans that are convenient, affordable, and close to “where the action is.”
Use Experienced Travel & Wedding Planners – By working with an experienced travel coordinator with appropriate negotiating power, you will not only receive a better deal for you and your wedding guests, you will also avoid the costly mistake of poorly planned destination weddings and travel. Trust the pros to find you all inclusive wedding packages.
Don’t Risk Doing It All Yourself – Avoid the bride and groom horror stories of couples who plan their wedding entirely on their own. Missed flights with no emergency number for support. Hidden clauses in hotel contracts leaving couples with an enormous financial liability. Reservations being dropped by the hotel, forcing couples and guests into 2-star hotels in paradise. We suggest, utilizing the services of experienced wedding planners or getting some help to ensure that all the details are handled.
Wedding Logistics & Details – If you are getting married in another state or country, you will need a local marriage license and a passport. The passport is simple; make sure you apply well in advance of your wedding date. Getting the marriage license can be slightly trickier, especially in a foreign country. Contact the local city hall or magistrate (if you don’t speak thee language, get an interpreter!) and get permission to be married in the location you desire – whether it’s a tropical beach or a mountain top. Some destinations require blood tests, immunization certificates, or doctor’s certificates in order for you to legally marry. No matter where you are tying the knot, it is best to find out as much as possible in advance. There may be unexpected requirements, such as an established residency, a waiting period, or a certain number of witnesses.