I’m Rachel and this is my story. It finally happened; our big moment. He got down on one knee, presented me with the most beautiful ring I had ever seen, and my heart was so full. It was an indescribable feeling. My dream was now a reality and I was getting married to my best friend in the whole world. Over the next few days, I found myself lost in daydreams of a beach wedding and all of the magical elements that I had always imagine for my special day. But then the reality of those dreams started to dawn on me and I became worried and overwhelmed. I was marrying the man of my dreams, but I didn’t know if my dream wedding was still possible.
It seemed beyond reach for me and I even started to settle for other ideas that were maybe more affordable and doable. Now don’t get me wrong, I was still overjoyed to be marrying the man I love, but I was also feeling disheartened at saying goodbye to the wedding that I had dreamed of since I was a little girl.
But after doing quite a bit of research, I stumbled across some incredible stuff, and learned that my dream wedding was possible after all! You don’t have to settle for what I considered a mediocre wedding, and I want to tell you all about it.
My wedding was magical, perfect, and even better than I ever dreamed it could be! And here is everything that I learned with all of you so that you can have your dream weddings too. So, without further ado, here are the top 10 things I learned and utilized to make my beach destination, dream wedding possible.
The first gem I came across was this amazing website called ‘Destify’ One of my best friends recommended it to me and it blew my mind! – contact details is at the bottom of my article, they gave me a form that you can fill. They help you with everything from finances, to location, and even helping you pay for your guest’s airfare. Their support service was so informative, helpful, kind and FREE! They took so much stress and worry off of me and turned it into something fun and exciting. They have different packages that you can choose from too, so you are bound to find something within your budget. I can not even begin to tell you how wonderful it was is! If you’ve always dreamed of a beach wedding, then you’ve got to go here! It’s a real game-changer. If you’re wondering why it’s free because they’re kind of like a travel agent, the hotels and the different vendors I end up hiring pay their fee, not me which is awesome!
Timing is Everything
Now, I know it sort of goes without saying – setting the date and making sure there is enough time to plan and prepare is a crucial part of wedding planning. Timing is EVERYTHING. But for your guests, it can be more crucial than you realize. If you planned a last-minute summer wedding only a few months away, there is a chance that not all of your guests will be able to attend. Everybody has different work situations, financial situations, and even personal stuff that goes on in their lives. Throwing together something at the last minute can make it difficult for guests to find time off or the necessary funds to attend your special day. That’s a real bummer. You want everybody you love and care for to be there at your wedding, so make sure you give them enough time to prepare for it. I know you may be eager to tie that knot and believe me, I was right there with you. But I put my wedding off a whole year ahead of time. Rather than plan it three months down the road in June, I waited until the following June. This gave all of my guests an entire year to plan and prepare. Many more people were able to come because I planned further ahead than I wanted to. As I said, I know you may be eager, but good things come to those who wait.
Patience is a virtue and giving yourself and your guests more time to get ready for the big day, just makes it easier on both you and your guests. Not to mention, it gives you more time to save that extra money so you can splurge a little more than you had originally planned.
Ways to Save up Some Extra Cash
Speaking of money, it isn’t exactly a secret that weddings can be costly. Thankfully, there are a dozen different ways that you can save and earn a little extra cash. You can have a garage sale, you can sell old games and DVDs, you can even donate blood, sell some old designer clothes you maybe don’t wear anymore, you can even get a part-time gig with Lyft or Uber. You won’t get rich from this stuff, but over a few months, my husband and I made almost an extra three thousand dollars just from doing little things like this. It helped us quite a bit when it came to our wedding finances. It can help take some of the load off and the work isn’t too hectic or stressful.
Local Wedding Planners
When it comes to planning, you really should look into hiring a wedding planner. Now, I know that this might seem costly. I was kind of iffy about it at first and felt like it would just cost me a lot of money, but the truth is that is saved me a lot of money. It is a wedding planner’s job to know all the ins and outs of weddings. Believe me when I say that they have a lot more knowledge than you realize. They were able to help me find the best deals, the best spots, the cheapest prices, and they also helped take a lot of the stress off you too. My wedding planner was worth every penny. When it comes to picking out a good wedding planner though, make sure to hire one who is local to the area you want to get married in. Destify was able to help me with that. This might not seem like a big deal, but it is. A local hire will know that area better than someone else who isn’t local. They will be more familiar with the area and all the secrets about it and will be able to get you the best of everything there is to offer.
Thrifty Wedding Flowers
Another great tip I utilized was that you don’t need to break the bank to get some beautiful florals. Wedding flowers can be kinda pricey. Now if you have a preference or a certain kind of flower that you absolutely love, then obviously it is worth every penny. But if you don’t really have a preference and just want a beautiful, fresh, floral look, then you can achieve that and not have to spend too much. Flowers like Carnations and Gerbera Daisies are really easy on the pocketbook. They might not have the sophistication of roses, but there is no denying that they are still absolutely beautiful and you can twice as many of them for the same prices as other types of more expensive flowers.
Hire a Freelance Photographer
When it comes to choosing your wedding photographer, you are going to be really picky about it. These will be some of the most important pictures of your life and you want to capture every moment of it. But if you want a great photographer, you need to be willing to spend some great money. But I have some good news about that, you can save a little bit if you hire a freelancer. These big photography companies hire very skilled photographers and there is no doubt that they’ll do a fantastic job! But a freelance photographer can have just as much skill, but because they don’t work for a big company, they charge their clients a little bit less. Most freelancers are skilled and professional, they simply work for themselves, rather than big named companies or businesses. You’ll find that many of them are just as good, if not better than a company professional. With a little bit of work and research, you’re bound to find a great one. In the long run, it can save you hundreds of dollars.
This bit perhaps isn’t so much a helpful tip, just a beautiful and inexpensive idea. You can hire a company to set off fireworks on the beach during your wedding. Not only will this be a delight for your guests, but it makes for some incredible wedding photos. And if hiring a company is maybe a bit out of your budget, you can always buy your fireworks. Sparklers are inexpensive but look magical in photos. Make sure to also tell your photographer about when and where your fireworks will go off. This way, they will be sure to capture the best photos at the best angels.
Ship Items Ahead
If you plan to bring a lot of décor or items to your wedding that need to be shipped, make sure to do it ahead of time! Things tend going wrong in the last hour, so it’s always best to be prepared. If you’ve got things to move or ship, try to get it there a couple of weeks in advance. This way if something gets lost or if something ships and breaks, you’ll have enough time to replace it or repair it before your big day. Stress at the last minute can be brutal, so make sure to plan for things like that so you won’t have to endure that last-minute panic.
Create a Last-Minute Rain Plan
Most destination weddings in tropical areas can have unexpected afternoon showers. Your wedding planner can help you set the perfect date and find a good time where the weather may play into your favor. But let’s face it, mother nature can be unpredictable. Creating a last-minute rain plan can save you from a rainy wedding disaster. Your wedding planner can also help you to set-up a rainy day back up plan, just-in-case. Don’t let the prospect of bad weather stress you out. You’d be surprised what your wedding planner can do for you in that arena.
Treat Your Guests With Love and Hospitality
Your guests have traveled quite a long way to celebrate with you on your special day, so make sure to be hospitable and make them feel loved and appreciated. You can create a special gift bag for all of your guests and fill it with things like candy, maybe a map of the area so they can go-out after the celebration, maybe even a board game or two. Making your guests feel loved and keeping them entertained will make your wedding day the best that it can be.
Your wedding is magical and you deserve the very best! I am so glad I didn’t do what my friend Micaela did and spent tons of money on things I didn’t need. Hopefully, you found these tips helpful and useful in creating your dream, beach wedding.