Let's Plan Your Destination Wedding | AMA Travel

Let's Plan Your Destination Wedding

Kerri Archer, Destination Wedding Specialist

Email | 780-989-6658

Planning your destination wedding is an exciting time. There are many details to think about (and dream about) and things can get a little overwhelming. Not to worry — you're not alone. I can work with you to create a special day that’s elegant, fun and most of all stress-free.To start off, here are some questions that you and your fiance should ask yourselves when you start discussing what style of wedding you're dreaming of.

What destination(s) are you leaning towards?
Destination weddings take considerable planning and research. The best properties and accommodations often book far in advance of the wedding date, so the earlier you begin to plan your wedding, the better your chances of booking the perfect place for you and your guests.

Do you have a specific resort(s) in mind?
If you're really not sure about a specific resort, why not take a planning trip? You’ll be able to fully check out the area, including key locations such as the ceremony and reception areas, hotels for guests, a place to hold the rehearsal dinner,  as well as local suppliers like caterers, florists and photographers. You’ll also be able to see first-hand what specifics the resort has to offer, such as: Is it small and quiet or loud and busy? Is there a good selection of things to see and do? Do they cater to adults only or are they family friendly?

Are you looking for a destination package that is all-inclusive or a package that only includes hotel and airfare (meals not included)?
Most guests prefer all-inclusive resorts that are affordable, but most brides and grooms want luxury – so compromise. All-inclusive pricing includes round-trip airfare, round-trip airport transfers to your hotel, all meals and beverages, and most activities and entertainment at the resort.

What are your preferred dates of travel?
If you have a specific time-frame in mind, the earlier you can book, the better. It's best to book your hotel and flights 12 to 18 months in advance of your wedding date. Christmas, Easter/Spring Break, May, and November tend book up early. And keep in mind that most countries require you to be there three business days prior to the wedding.

What budget do you have set for the travel package per guest, including tax?
The average amount wedding guests can expect to spend on a group package is around $1800-$2000 per person, including tax. But don’t let guests or family members affect you and your decision – this is your day. If you announce your plans as far in advance as possible, they will have a chance to start saving.

How many guests do you expect will attend?
The average destination wedding group size is 25, but I have booked groups as large as 85.

What kind of ceremony do you want to have?
There are a few differences when deciding if you want to have a legal or symbolic wedding ceremony. Do you want to celebrate your wedding anniversary as the day you were legally married or do you want to have a justice of the peace ceremony prior to leaving for your destination wedding to eliminate foreign country legal requirements? You could ask a friend or family member to conduct the ceremony to make it more personable. These decisions are totally up to you to decide as again, it is your day.

As a couple, once you have discussed your wedding package, destination, and have decided on your budget, I would be happy to give you my personal travel recommendations, based on your list of destination possibilities, and handle all the details.