There is so much to consider when it comes to planning and having a wedding. This is especially true when it’s a destination wedding. Not only is it hundreds or thousands of miles away, but it’s also often impossible for the bride and groom to be on-site for any of the planning or setup. While much of the advice and emphasis is placed on what you should do, there are also plenty of don’ts when it comes to having a Bahamas destination wedding. Are you prepared to have the wedding of your dreams?
Bahamas Destination Wedding Mistakes You’ll Want to Avoid
When it comes to wedding planning, it’s as much about what you do as what you don’t do. Of course, avoiding the mistake of handling everything on your own is easy. You can feel good about delegating the design and planning to an experienced wedding planner, like Chic Bahama’s Marva Munroe. With over ten years of experience, local knowledge, and expertise, Marva has earned a reputation of being one of the most detailed and dedicated planners in the Bahamas.
For a memorable wedding getaway that’s filled with fun, relaxation, and celebration, avoid the following mistakes at all costs:
Having guests arrive too early with nothing to do.
- Destination weddings are rarely one or two day events. If people are buying plane tickets, hotel rooms, and taking days off from work, they want it to be a vacation. It’s likely that they’ll spend a few days before and after the wedding on the island. Don’t make the mistake of having nothing for them to do. After all, when is the next time you’ll have all your friends and family together at once? Take advantage of the time you have with your wedding party and guests and plan fun events, outings, and activities in the days leading up to the wedding.
- Failing to provide adequate information. With the previous idea in mind, it’s a major mistake to not provide your guests with adequate information for their stay. As the hosts, you are expected to make sure your guests have a good time. It’s always a good idea to provide them with a welcome packet containing maps, local attractions, information on the island, and an itinerary of events. This is something that can be put together for just a few dollars and goes a long way in making your guests feel welcome.
Waiting until the last minute.
- While it may be tempting to rush your engagement and plan a wedding that’s only a few weeks out, it’s ill advised to hurry things along at too quickly a pace. Destination weddings require additional lead time, and guests should have a minimum of three months’ notice to buy airline tickets, book accommodations, request off from work, find babysitters, and take care of all the other details that go into attending an out of town wedding. By waiting until the last minute to notify guests, you are increasing the chances that friends and loved ones won’t be able to attend.
- Doing everything yourself. There is nothing wrong with a do-it-yourself attitude, but there are limitations when it comes to planning a destination wedding. Instead of trying to do everything on your own, work with a local wedding planner to ensure you’re not missing or forgetting anything.
- Underestimating the true cost. Destination weddings can add up if you aren’t careful. When setting your budget and projecting expenses, assign liberal numbers to everything. It’s much better to overestimate than end up spending thousands more than you thought you would. Talk with your wedding planner, discuss expenses with friends who have had destination weddings in the past, and take everything into account.
- Not checking legal requirements and regulations. It sounds pretty obvious, but you would be surprised how many couples don’t investigate local requirements, laws, and rules before arriving for their wedding. Ensure that you bring the right documentation and have everything set up before arriving.
- Not asking for input. Before starting the wedding planning, it’s important to gauge how your friends and family members feel about a destination wedding. Many will be excited, but it’s also possible that some will be unwilling or incapable of spending the money needed to make the trip. Prior to setting things in stone, it’s a good idea to at least get an idea for whether people will be able to attend.
- Falling for bridal peer pressure. With so many Pinterest ideas floating around, your newlywed friends posting pictures on Facebook, and bridal magazines printing picture-perfect events, it can be a challenge to avoid peer pressure. However, remember that this is your wedding and you don’t need to let anyone else dictate it. Just because your best friend had an eight-piece band doesn’t mean you need one too. Choose components you want and stick to your budget.
- Not planning a getaway. While you and your fiancé will probably enjoy spending time with friends and family leading up to the wedding day, you’ll want some alone time and privacy in the days after. Avoid staying next door to your guests at a resort. Instead, plan on staying at a separate location or even traveling elsewhere for the honeymoon.
Letting stress ruin your day.
- Your wedding should be one of the happiest days of your life. Don’t let the stress of logistics, planning, and details get in the way. Focus on your fiancé and relax. You’ve found the person you want to be with for life, and that’s all that matters. When potential problems arise, delegate them to someone else. It’s amazing what people will willingly do keep the bride or groom happy.
- Failing to ask for group rates. Depending on where your guests are staying, there may or may not be discounted group rates. By looking into the best rates possible, you’ll help the wedding be more affordable for your guests. If nothing else, you can tell your guests you got the best price available.
Chic Bahamas Weddings
At Chic Bahamas Weddings, we are committed to providing brides and grooms everywhere with beautiful tropical weddings in the lovely Bahamas. For additional information, referrals, and answers to your questions, please contact us. We would be thrilled to start planning your celebration today!