say "I do" in paradise... It started with a smile...now seal it with a kiss and a promise.
You've met that lucky guy or gal and you've made plans for a life together. Now, where are you going to make that commitment to one another? Where will you begin your life together as husband and wife? Who do you imagine surrounding you with cameras, smiles, and love on one of the most special days of your life?
A destination wedding in a dream location could be an option for you!
Why do couples work with Travel by Stephanie?
Connections Travel agents have relationships with many resorts and on-site wedding coordinators, and we have spent time at properties becoming familiar with the wedding ceremony and reception options available for brides and grooms. Because of these visits and on-site training trips, we can often move brides and grooms through the initial phases of planning quickly and painlessly using our knowledge and expertise. Brides often initially feel overwhelmed by everything that needs done, and by working together, I can lay out a timeline and plan that includes the tasks that both the bride and I need to complete to assure that things go smoothly. I know the process, and I will get my bride through it!
Reservations, deposits, and final payments...oh my! I understand that when brides and grooms begin dreaming about their destination wedding, it is usually about kissing on the beach at sunset or sipping mojitos by the pool. I have yet to meet a bride who wants to coordinate vacations plans for 75 of her nearest and dearest. Why? There is quite a big to manage - from organizing room categories, placing holds, obtaining deposits, sending out reminders, providing travel rules and regulations, to collecting final payments and organizing all of that with the resort and airlines...honestly, it is a big job. Leave it to a professional! No fees! Repeat: no fees! I don't charge my brides and grooms for destination wedding planning - this means all of the perks of my professional services are available without extra charge. Now you have some money for that mariachi band!
Why are so many brides and grooms choosing destination weddings?
Location, location, location Brides and grooms often enjoy returning to a special resort, perhaps even to the place they became engaged. If you have not spent time away, I will assist you in finding a new special destination that matches your vision and budget for your wedding day. Brides and grooms choosing a destination wedding love the idea of being together with loved ones in an amazing paradise and enjoying the fun that a vacation and wedding combined can provide. Because so many families are spread out across the country (or even around the world) it can be much easier to plan a long-distance wedding that allows loved ones to "meet in the middle".
Tailor a wedding that is uniquely you If you're one of those people who has attended many weddings, maybe you're looking to do something a little different than traditional. Perhaps you like the idea of circus performers entertaining your guests. Maybe you think that mariachi music playing during dinner would be fun. You might even want to dazzle your friends and family with fire dancers and twirlers while they sip cocktails. You can dream up just about any ceremony or reception detail, and your on-site coordinator will do everything possible to make it happen for you. The options are truly endless when it comes to making your vision come to life.
It's easy and stress-free Planning all of the details for a traditional wedding ceremony and reception can feel like a part-time job...I know because I have done it. There is so much research to do and vendors to hire that it can become quite an overwhelming process. The stress and time involved in traditional wedding planning is probably the most common reason brides and grooms elect to have a destination wedding. Between the travel agent managing all of your guests' reservations and documentation and the on-site wedding coordinator tending to all of the ceremony and celebration details, you will simply be making a few decisions to help everything come together. Of course, if you prefer to be more actively involved, you are able to do so - particularly when it comes to the wedding details. Do you just want to get married with no fuss? Also possible!
Sweet, sweet savings The overall cost of destination weddings can be less than traditional hometown weddings; however, it can also be much, much more. Use the expertise of your travel agent and wedding coordinator to work within a budget you feel comfortable with. Most resorts offer a variety of packages for a variety of budgets, and your travel agent can assist with resort selection based on your criteria.
Guest list woes Assembling a guest list for a wedding can be a daunting task. When planning a destination wedding, this frustration can be minimized by inviting only those closest to you who might make the journey to your wedding destination. This means no more squabbling over whether or not cranky Aunt Doris should receive an invite.
Quality time with family and friends Traditional weddings generally feature a rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception - none of which really amount to genuine time together with loved ones who might have traveled far to be with you on your day. Destination weddings allow for a relaxing, vacation atmosphere that provides opportunities for fun as a group. In addition to wedding festivities, guests can gather for meals, play games in the resort lobby, dance in the nightclub, or plan excursions off the resort property. Genuine time together while away is easy, and is something that many brides and grooms really love about destination weddings.
All festivities are in one place The rehearsal, wedding, reception, honeymoon, and accommodations are all located in one area, which means less time waiting around and more time having fun together. Most resorts are large enough to offer you a wide variety of options for all activities, so even though you haven't left the property, each little event feels fresh and unique. Prefer to venture to a different resort after the wedding? No problem - that is always an option! It is not uncommon for brides and grooms choosing to marry at family-friendly resorts to move to an adults-only property once they have wed!
Grooms get more involved Many guys aren't overly interested in the details of the traditional wedding planning process, but may have a great deal of fun with the travel and adventure aspects involved with destination wedding arrangements. Many grooms have strong opinions on location, resort, and activities, and actually enjoy planning adventures such as scuba diving, golfing, or fishing with their guests.
If you are dreaming about a destination wedding, let's begin planning it together!