Dreaming of a destination wedding? The journey of planning a destination wedding can be both thrilling and overwhelming. The key to a stress-free experience lies in a well-choreographed plan that unfolds seamlessly, allowing you to savor every moment of your engagement. Picture it like popping open a bottle of champagne – effervescent, delightful, and full of celebration. From choosing the perfect venue to planning unforgettable weekend events, sip your way through 5 stages of stress-free destination wedding planning, ensuring your destination wedding is not just a celebration, but a journey as smooth as fine champagne.
Stage 1: Pop the Cork- Securing Your Venue & Room Block
Timeline: 12-18 months in advance | Duration: 4 - 6 weeks
Pop the cork and start the celebration by choosing the perfect setting for your special day. Whether you envision a beachfront bliss, a luscious garden, or rooftop marvel, this stage involves choosing a venue that bubbles with the magic of your love and securing a room block for your guests through contract negotiations. With your Destination Wedding Specialist as your expert pourer, this process typically takes 4-6 weeks, ensuring a delightful beginning to your planning journey. Remember, early planning ensures you have the pick of the most enchanting locations and dates for your dream celebration.
Stage 2: Share the Bubbles - Send Your Save the Dates & Booking Website
Timeline: 10-12 months in advance | Duration: 1-2 weeks
Share the bubbles of excitement by sending out save-the-date cards and providing a booking website 10-12 months in advance. This stage is swift and efficient, creating a fizz of anticipation among your loved ones. With a click, they'll have access to all the essential details and ability to book their accommodations 24/7, making their journey to your special day as smooth as fine champagne. Typically taking 1-2 weeks to get the details out, this allows your guests to enjoy the effervescence of your wedding plans, providing them with ample time to plan, book accommodations, utilize payment plans, and savor the anticipation of the upcoming celebration.
Stage 3: Sip and Savor - Guest Booking Process
Timeline: 6-12 months in advance | Duration: 6-12 months
Enter the stage where you can sip and savor the anticipation of your wedding plans. Here's where your Destination Wedding Specialist takes the lead, handling all logistics and communication with your guests. Your specialist will ensure your guests have a stress-free booking process, answering queries, and making the entire experience a breeze. While your dream celebration is poured behind the scenes for the next 6-12 months, you can relax and enjoy your engagement.
Stage 4: Bubbly Bouquet Notes - Choose Your Onsite Vendors
Timeline: 4-9 months in advance
Turn your attention to the finer details with this stage, select the bubbly bouquet notes that resonate with your taste – your onsite vendors. Choose your photographers, videographers, and hair and makeup artists like selecting the perfect blend of champagne. This is also the perfect time to request the décor and DJ vendors, along with food menus from your venue to review their work and options. Your Destination Wedding Specialist, acting as your knowledgeable connoisseurs, will guide you in making selections that align with your vision, creating a blend as exquisite as a well-paired champagne, ensuring every moment is beautifully captured.
Stage 5: Raise a Toast - Plan Your Wedding Weekend Events
Timeline: 90 days prior to the wedding date
As the final countdown begins, raise a toast to the upcoming celebration as it's time to plan the specific events that will make your celebration truly memorable. From welcome dinners, to a sparkling ceremony, to a beach party, to a sunset cruise, or a post-wedding brunch, these extra touches elevate your wedding weekend like savoring the last sips of a delightful champagne bottle. This stage, typically done 90 days prior to the wedding date, adds a personal and effervescent touch to your destination celebration.
Now all you have to do is sip your way through each stage, knowing each one is meticulously planned to create an unforgettable experience and the journey is as delightful as the destination. A champagne soirée awaits you, with stress-free planning ensuring your special day is as sparkling as the champagne you'll raise in celebration.
Ready to toast to your destination dreams? Schedule a complimentary planning session with our expert Destination Wedding Specialists at United Travel now, and let the champagne-filled journey to your dream destination wedding begin! >> SCHEDULE NOW
Cheers to love and unforgettable celebrations! 🥂
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Heyyyy!!! We are John & Jennifer -- husband and wife team. Experience seekers, obsessed with good champagne, charcuterie, designing cocktails (John), tacos (Jenn), & of course travel. Our love of travel started with our first international trip as a couple back in 2012 to Punta Cana & then our own destination wedding in 2016 back to where our love for travel all started -- Punta Cana. Hope you can feel our passion, kindness, & connection through all our work and adventures. Welcome, we are excited to have you here!