Panicking – it’s definitely NOT the thing you want to be doing while planning your destination wedding. Because, while there are some very good and natural calming remedies on the market these days, and you’ll be able to laugh about all the trauma in years to come, wedding planning is meant to be more enjoyed than suffered through. Right?
That being said, there are a few ways you can definitely upset the apple cart as you juggle all that’s entailed in planning a wedding. Here are our top recommendations for ensuring things definitely fall apart before your Big Day.
1.) Decide to look at one wedding venue only (and do it last minute)
Popular wedding venues get booked up quite quickly in the year, sometimes even as far back as a year in advance, and the reality is not all venues are equal in their offerings. If you’ve a particular look or feel you want for your destination wedding, which requires a venue that fits your theme, activities, and number of guests you want, you’ll be hard pressed to find anything right for your day if you only start looking at venues a few months before your wedding.
It’s also important to shop around for a wedding venue and not to settle on the first one you find. This gives you chance to compare quotes and packages and ensure you get the biggest bang for your buck.
2.) Don’t set a budget (and seriously overspend)
It’s all well and good to want to serve chilled French champagne, fresh oysters and ethically-produced foie gras at your wedding reception, but the reality is your budget will need to dictate how lavish your wedding day can actually be.
Before even looking for a wedding venue, or trying on wedding dresses, sit down with your fiancé and decide on how much money you can actually afford to spend on your wedding, and how much of your budget you can allocate to each budget item on your list.
Your wedding budget will determine how many guests you can invite, which venues you could possibly use - and much more. Some couples decide to opt for a more intimate wedding, with fewer guests, so they can spend more money on gourmet food, the venue and elaborate décor, while others are willing to choose a simpler menu and a more modest wedding venue to accommodate more guests.
3.) Invite everyone you know (including your aunt’s brother’s favourite cousin)
There is less pressure these days to invite the whole extended family to your wedding – thank goodness! People understand that weddings are expensive. When planning your guest list, decide on an ideal number, start with the more crucial people you must invite and then add from there. Remember, the bigger the wedding, the more you’ll need to plan (seating, accommodation, meal options etc.), so keep things simple (if you can) and decide on the number of guests you can comfortably handle.
4.) Don’t communicate well with your guests (even the ones you like)
From sending out the first Save the Date to having a clear order of events at the ceremony, you want to ensure your guests are well informed about what they can expect from your wedding day. By when should they RSVP? What’s the dress code? Are they allowed to bring a ‘plus one’? Are kids also invited? If you’re planning a destination wedding, what are good accommodation options in the area? If you think about it, communication around a wedding can take up a lot of time!
The good news is that there are now handy wedding planning tools available to help you pull of your wedding day with ease. These tools help with drawing up and managing guest lists and seating arrangements, searching online for wedding venues, mapping out a budget, and even allow your guests to RSVP online.
The Newgrange hotel offers full complimentary access to Moposa, our award-winning, online wedding tool, that can do all of the above - and more. For more information, click here to download our wedding package brochure, or feel free to give us a call on 046-9074100.