Many couples are finding out that the best way to make their special day even better is to have what is called a "destination wedding." Destination weddings are taken out of town, usually in exotic locations. Many proposals happen on vacations, and couples often return to the site of the proposal for the wedding. Many couples have preferred vacation spots, and many go to a "dream vacation" site.
Couples are finding out that they sometimes get more for their money when they have a destination wedding. Since a destination wedding usually involves flying to a different location, the amount of guests at the wedding is significantly smaller. This cuts the cost for food, wedding giveaways and invitations.
According to IBISWorld, in 2012, the average cost of a wedding in Australia is $36,700. With that cost, a smaller wedding in an exotic locale makes more sense for many couples. Weddings in remote locations aren't easy, though, and Peter Edwards offers up some tips for making sure everything goes smoothly and getting the most value for money.
"First of all, you have to seek professional help. It is best to hire a local wedding planner, who will then hire an onsite wedding planner. While the planners might charge as much as 10-15% of the total cost of the wedding, they will save you even more in time, money, and energy."
"The next consideration is to make sure that you negotiate a discounted rate for accommodation. If you have, for example, 70 guests, you should be able to negotiate a discounted rate in the hotel, especially if you are holding the reception there. Don't be afraid to ask for a discount, and don't be afraid to let them know you are checking out their competition."
Edwards also noted that it is crucial that guests are given plenty of notice time for a destination wedding: at least eight months' notice with a "save the date" card. This can allow family and friends to plan entire vacations around the wedding. If the couple want to combine their vacation and wedding, they can have their honeymoon in the same locale, and make it a week-long event with those who are close to them.
Another very important consideration is that the couple must know the local customs, especially if they are flying out of the country. Different countries have different laws concerning marriages. The onsite wedding planner can help out a lot with this, but it is the couple's responsibility to make sure that every legal detail is taken care of. Some places even have residency requirements, such as seven days before you can be legally married.
Edwards added, "We also recommend visiting the site at least once before the wedding is fully planned. This will minimise surprises, and will give you a better idea of what to expect. If you go to an exotic locale, such as an island, you will find that everything is a lot more laid-back. If you are already expecting this when you get to the wedding, it will make it a lot easier for you to avoid excess stress, and allow you to more fully enjoy your experience."
Peter Edwards is a reputable wedding photographer from Perth, with years of wedding photography experience in both local and destination weddings. His photographic work is nothing short of stunning, and he provides stylish and creative wedding photography services in Western Australia. He is also happy to shoot weddings in destinations such as Thailand, Bali, Maldives and anywhere abroad.
For more information, visit http://www.peteredwardsphoto.com.au/ or call 08 9316 2465.
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