Costs of Destination Wedding #OneWeddingWish
Being a travel blogger has its own joys and travails, joys being more. As a travel blogger I have handled several different types of queries and enjoyed answering and helping them out too. Most of the queries relate to places to see followed by places to stay and then few of them who are hard core foodies ask about local cuisine too. But one particular query in the recent past left an indelible mark in my mind; it was from a young couple on the verge of tying knot for eternity. They wanted to plan a destination wedding.
You know how it is – new job, new aspirations, new dreams and new bondings. I found them all dreamy eyed when they asked for ideas for wedding destinations and professional photo shoots at those destinations. It is easy to choose a fantasy destination for wedding but before that so many factors had to be taken in to consideration. Costs of destination wedding plays a major role in finalizing one.Geographical locations, guest count, theme for wedding, weather at the moment, availability during the dates, parking and stay for guests, food and drinks and last but not the least, in fact the most important of all the budget to cover all these.
Costs of Destination Wedding
Cost factor comes into play in each of the above. While I am not a wedding planner I always make it a point to suggest the cost for catering and comfort factors involved in planning out one for destination wedding. Below is a list of major cost components while you plan destination wedding.
Geographical Locations for Wedding
The trend is usually to choose places with iconic landmarks. I have seen wedding photo shoots in Paris in front of Eiffel Tower, Budapest, Rajasthan and Goa. Young couples in the frames most willingly submit to all directions from the photographer. It is so interesting to watch how they create memories to last a lifetime. It is always better to do a recce of the place before you zero in on one. Finally I cautioned them check: ‘can you afford the place’.
Weather at the moment
A place with moderate climate suits the best. You wouldn’t want the bride’s and guests’ make up melting away in sweltering heat. At the same time extreme cold would lead to wrapping up in layers covering up the designer costumes. Usually it is the time when tourists crowd at such destinations. Therefore prices will soar which indirectly hints at budget capacity.
Wedding Venue Capacity
Guest lists, which usually is a never ending one, call for attention. Best option would be to arrive at a comfortable figure so that venue doesn’t look like it is overflowing with people. One of the reasons why I usually suggest beaches as wedding destination is this. Guests can spread out comfortably. Some of the venues in Goa fit ideally in to this category. If you are unable to stretch your budget then choosing the venue only for wedding reception or wedding ceremony too serves the purpose.
Nearby accommodation for guests – Alternate arrangements for guests near to wedding venue can help in cutting costs.
Food and Drinks
Wedding is a moment to eat and make merry for the guests. Catering choices add to budget of wedding. Traditional menu or standard menu of hotel? Cater for the additional cost for traditional menu. Sometimes charges are made for special cutleries which add to over all budgets.
Photo shoots before and after Wedding
Nobody wants to miss a moment and thus photo shoots have become inseparable part of weddings and especially more at destinations. It could be for honeymoon and/or for wedding and honeymoon. Professional photographers now come with a hefty price tag. Different events of wedding like mehndi, ladies sangeet, ceremonies, and honeymoon are charged separately. Photo shoots can cost a bomb if you include all compared to choosing just the photo shoot at honeymoon destination.
Loans for Funding a Wedding
Since wedding is a once in a lifetime affair it helps to take a loan to make it special and memorable. Parents usually start saving for weddings and try to make it a lavish affair. But I have known youngsters these days chipping in to costs of destination wedding to make it more special. There are several financial companies offering loans for such occasions. Visit Tata Capital Wedding Loan Website to apply and fill in relevant details, along with your wedding wish. After a careful analysis of your profile, Tata Capital will process your loan.