What is a destination wedding?
A destination wedding is when you travel to a special place for your wedding. It might be just the two of you (also known as eloping!), or you might include a group of friends and family. Because the primary reasons couples choose a destination wedding are to save money and of course to have a memorable and unique wedding. Besides a beautiful location, you can mix in local cultural traditions with your own ceremony to give some excitement and uniqueness to your special day. This is becoming a more and more common scenario for couples, making it difficult to gather everyone together for a large and meaningful celebration.
How can you start ?
Once you have narrowed down your location, you can simply surf the internet. The first thing you will need to find is the right wedding planner- coordinator. There is nothing more important then finding a good coordinator, as she/he will be the link for everything else and will make sure everything is perfect. And don’t worry about costs! They are not as expensive as you might think, and a good coordinator can save you money. Your wedding planner will help find a great location, the right music, flowers, cake, minister, photographer and more, all the while keeping your budget in mind. She/he will arrange accommodations for you and your guests, and will even arrange entertainment while you are there. And lets not forget about the legal issues, they will arrange for the license and make sure you have the proper paperwork with you. If you can travel before your wedding to inspect the sites that she/he suggests that would be the best. if not ask as many details and photographs as you want in order to have the right “picture”.
Every wedding planner or a wedding coordinator is different, so shop around. Ultimately you want to find one who will listen to you, put everything in writing and has strong collaborators.
What about guests?
Guests are optional. Once you decide that you will have guests keep them in mind concerning your plans. Finding group rates for airfare and hotel will be appreciated more than you know. Sending them literature and travel information is a wonderful touch.
Do not feel obligated to pay for any of your guests travel costs. It is a nice gesture if you can afford it, but it is not necessary nor is it considered tradition to do so. With that said, some couples will pay for their closest relatives to attend, such as their parents.
.. when it comes to planning a wedding. As the guest list grows, so does the expense. This can cause couples a great deal of planning stress. Make your guest list fit your budget, not the other way around. Figure out who and what is important to you.
Ceremony and reception
Many destination weddings are small, and receptions can often be held at a restaurant. Use your imagination, ask for more information from your coordinator, and never forget that its your special day!
Are destination weddings cheaper than a traditional one?
Depends on the location you select, the time of year (high season), and the size of your guestlist.
Beach weddings are extremely romantic but take a bit more preparation. Skopelos, Skiathos and Halkidiki are the best choices for your destination – beach wedding.
Tips for a beach wedding:
Choose the right location. If you can afford it, consider paying for access to a private beach attached to a hotel or a private villa (there are plenty) for your ceremony. For a tighter budget, a public beach that is off the beaten path can be ideal;
Hour. Sunset is an excellent time for a beach ceremony. Not only is it a beautiful backdrop, but most beach goers have left the sand so you gain more privacy. Be sure to factor in the time required with the photographer if you desire sunset poses. Mornings are wonderful as well — beaches tend to be empty, it’s the coolest time of day, and the light is perfect for photography afterward.
Weather : You dont have to worry about the weather in Greece. Rain, during the summer, lasts less than 5-6 min.
Flooring. At informal beach weddings, guests are often asked to gather round in the sand, barefoot, for the ceremony. If there will be many elderly or disabled guests in attendance, be sure to consider their safety and comfort.
Chairs. Be sure to have a plan for chairs so guests are comfortable. Even if guests are asked to stand during the ceremony, you should still have some chairs available for guests who may not be able to stand through the entire ceremony.
Décor. It is so much beauty of the sea especially at the sunset so that your decoration has to be minimal.
What to wear: There are beach wedding dresses that specially designed for such marriages. They are hip, colorful and definitely a far call from conventional. There are designers who specialize in beach wedding dresses. And even you do not want to get a designer beach wedding dress you could just get yourself a comfortable beach dress that you are comfortable wearing and get married.
For the groom, beach wedding attire often includes colors that are in harmony with the beach setting, such as tan, white, cream, light peach and blue. The look must be casual.
One final thing – shoes! You do not need them. Unless you prefer to wear sandals.
If you are wearing a light summery wedding gown, then not wearing anything on your feet but a pretty pedicure is a perfect option.
Do not forget …To really get people excited about your wedding include the resort information and a small travel booklet. That way, your guests can get a good feel for your wedding site and you might just persuade those who are on the fence about the whole that yes, they do want to come along.
Feel free to ask me anything you want about destination beach wedding in Greece. I will be happy to answer all your questions!!!