Congratulations! As you embark on planning your Destination Wedding, oftentimes stress and overwhelm can creep in.
It can be a challenge to juggle everything that is on your plate, especially without a plan or hiring a Destination Wedding Specialist to keep you on track.
You’ve done everything you know to do; you downloaded a starter kit, you joined a Facebook Group, you’re following the wedding planning websites, but alas, you find yourself still awake at 2 am searching for answers and ideas.
Soon, you’re making a chiropractor appointment because you’re always looking down at your phone and you’re purchasing a wrist brace to provide support for your overworked scrolling thumb!
Well, that’s not going to get you the solution you’re looking for! So, here are four tips to simplify planning your wedding and even enjoy the process!
1.-Get clear on your vision
If you’ve been looking online for wedding inspiration, then you know that the choices are endless. Your Pinterest board may be a hodge-podge of different looks, colors, and themes, making it difficult to decide what you really want. Without having clarity on your vision for your wedding day, you will never have a direction to head in and could find yourself endlessly researching and never actually putting things in place.
Some people are clear on the vibe they are going for, but if you’re like me, everything looks pretty and everything is nice, so your Pin board looks like you’re throwing paint at a canvas! I like it all! Now what? Well, start by looking to see if you at least have a color or hue, like pastels, that is showing up the most in your saved inspirations, and get rid of everything that doesn’t match that. Then, look to see if you have a style or look that tends to have more saves like a whimsical theme and get rid of pins and images that aren’t whimsical. As you do this, you’ll narrow down your vision.
This will then allow you to be clearer on what you are searching for. So, instead of googling something generic like “wedding décor ideas” you’ll search for “whimsical wedding décor ideas” and thus avoid being overwhelmed.
2.-Quiet the voices
Let’s be real. Ladies love planning weddings and giving their opinions. One reason why it is difficult to make a decision is because of too many opinions on the options you’ve narrowed down. Decide who will be a voice in your destination wedding planning and stick with only those voices. I recommend keeping it at one or two “outside” voices of people you trust.
3.-Decide on your non-negotiables
The challenge in planning a dream destination wedding is also weighing every option against the “will this fit in the budget?” question. At this point in life, like me, you’ve realized that money does not grow on trees. Darn it.
As you scroll on Pinterest and Instagram, getting inundated with images of perfection and then falling to your knees when you find out the cost to pull that off, you once again feel like you’re running into a brick wall. The easiest way to avoid spiraling into depression is to sit down and write a list of everything you want. Then, take the items from that list that are “non-negotiables” and put them in a separate column and the items that are “wants, but you could live without” in another column. You and your fiancé should have your list and then collaborate to create a new list.
Let’s say that you both decide that photography was where you are willing to splurge more. This would be a non-negotiable item that you would then allot more of the budget to, and essentially you are saying that you are willing to let go of other things in order to have the best photographer. Make sense? This simple strategy will help you get clarity on what matters most to you and stay on budget and avoid disappointment.
4.- Hire a Destination Wedding Specialist
Hiring a professional a Destination Wedding Specialist will save you tons of time and money!
You don’t need to tire yourself of planning your wedding after your work hours, there are professionals in the market that will be your right hand and will do all the heavy lifting for you. They have great connections and are knowledgeable, they will guide you through all the processes and will make it easy and enjoyable for you!
Speaking of a Destination Wedding Specialist, that happens to be my specialty!
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Author Rossana Jeri
Bilingual English -Spanish Travel Agent