No matter how well you plan your destination beach wedding, you might run into a hitch or two during the planning process or on the big day. Here are some tips for what to do when destination beach wedding plans go wrong.
Whether you planned your destination beach wedding at the last minute or have planned it over the course of a year, destination beach wedding plans do go wrong sometimes, and it’s only natural to panic in the midst of the drama. Sometimes it’s something small, like running short on wedding favors, and sometimes it’s something big, like finding a snag in your dress. Whatever you encounter, you can handle the situation by using the following tips:
Have a back-up list—Some brides call it a “crisis” list, and others call it a back-up list. Whatever you decide to call it, just make sure you have one! A few days before you leave for your destination beach wedding, sit down and make a list of any alternatives you might need in the event something goes wrong with the main elements of your wedding, such as problems with the flowers, catering, or your gown or hairstyle. It helps to have a list on hand of back-up hairstylists and makeup artists on the island, as well as a local seamstress for last-minute dress fixes.
Book an alternative ceremony and reception location (on the same property)—No, this doesn’t mean pay double for two separate venues, but it does mean speak to your on-site destination beach wedding coordinator about the back-up plans for the ceremony and reception in the event of bad beach weather. Many packages will include an emergency indoor space reserved for your big day or will promise you one for an additional fee.
Bring attire alternatives—While you can’t afford to buy a few different wedding gowns, you can take precautions with your destination beach wedding ensemble to combat any nasty, unexpected weather changes. Bring a wrap or shawl, a comfortable pair of shoes, and any other piece of clothing that might help you should you find out your gown and accessory materials are not suited for your destination wedding environment.