It is no surprise that after researching your options, you have fallen in love with the Virgin Islands, and decided to host your destination wedding there. Now the real planning begins. Get a pen and paper ready, because you are going to be taking a lot of notes.
What is the biggest secret to achieving a great Virgin Islands wedding? The key is to begin the planning process as quickly as possible. A good system of time management should be developed because it allows you to save time when researching choices, making reservations, and coping with any complications that may arise. Beginning early also gives you time to take advantage of any possible deals that could become available.
Many couples who are planning a wedding in Virgin Islands find that the most significant obstacle is making the arrangements from afar. Many couples hire a wedding or event planner to do what they do best - make the planning of their wedding as stress free and simple as possible. You can hire someone local to you, someone in Virgin Islands, or choose to buy a resort wedding package.
If you choose to hire a wedding planner, make sure he or she has previous experience planning a destination wedding and has references available. Connections in the area and knowledge of the local language and customs will help guarantee that your experience is exactly what you want and expect. Remember, if you want your wedding planner to be on site the day of your wedding, be prepared dagger lonto pay for his or her airfare and hotel stay.
Many couples find that choosing an event planner in Virgin Islands is a great way to ensure that they have someone on the island to be their eyes and ears. This person will be able to handle every detail of your wedding, and most importantly, analyze venues and vendors in person.
Wedding packages offered by local resorts are most common and often the most reliable. Accommodations, venue, officiant, catering, adornments, and more are usually included in one flat rate. Read our guide to Virgin Islands Wedding Locations and Venues noted at the bottom of this page for more information on resort weddings.
Preparing a Virgin Islands wedding may seem stressful but many find it a fun challenge and have successfully achieved their dream event. Stay prepared, write lists, and keep notes of every phone call and transaction you make.
Developing a sensible budget is essential to any successful wedding. On average, couples in the United States spend between $20,000 and $30,000 on their big day, while a wedding in Virgin Islands can cost you as little as $2,000. Numerous major resorts and hotels have wedding planning services that can prepare your big event down to the very last detail, and charge a single set fee for the entire package. If you decide to arrange the entire wedding yourself, consider the expenses you may encounter.
|Minister||$50 to $250(USD)|
|Photography||$500 to $3000(USD)|
|Flowers||$300 to $1500(USD)|
|Decorations||$300 to $1500(USD)|
|Venue||$0 to $1000(USD)|
|Food||$25 to $50(USD) per person|
|Lodging||$100+(USD) per night|
The chart above merely addresses wedding basics, and estimates are based upon average costs of the individual items. Consider other fundamentals such as the bride's gown, the groom's tuxedo, and the wedding rings. Overall, wedding costs will change drastically depending on which items you decide are the most important. You need to stay within a reasonable budget that is based upon your financial situation. List items commonly associated with a wedding from maximum value to lowest value and allocate a price estimate to each item.
Items ranked in order of importance will allow you to see exactly where you may be willing to trim back and where you aren't willing to compromise.
By this point you will have determined what style of wedding you would love to host, and the type of venue you would like to have it in. These selections will quickly trim down your list of potential vendors. Consult our guide to Virgin Islands Wedding Locations and Venues noted at the end of this page for for more information about the types of weddings available in Virgin Islands.
Every location, vendor, resort, decoration, and method of transportation should be evaluated. Contact companies for price estimates and inform them that you are arranging your nuptials from abroad, and that they should expect many long distance phone calls and e-mail communications. When you contract vendors sight unseen, ask for references from those who have previously used their services.
Also give consideration to the time of year in which you wish to get married, and the type of festivals and events that may occur during that time. If you want you and your guests to experience a party environment, getting married in Virgin Islands during Carnival, for example, may be just the ticket. However, if you would rather have an intimate, discreet event, you should make other arrangements.
Because there are two sets of islands, the United States Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands, couples have a lot of work to do narrowing down which island they would like to get married on. Our guide to Virgin Islands Wedding Locations and Venues will help you to pick which island is best for you. While there, read up on the legalities involved in marrying in the Virgin Islands. U.S.V.I. has no residency requirement, while B.V.I. has a three day wait, and both require you to submit such documents as divorce and death certificates, and passports to the court.
The vendors you select will essentially make or break your wedding event. When you make your final decisions and book your vendors, explain precisely what you are looking for, and the dates you have chosen. Get all of your price quotes in writing (have them send you a quote through the post office, by e-mail, or by fax). Keep duplicates of everything including invoices of all items that are included in the price. Some businesses require a deposit. Do not send anyone payments until you have received a paper statement; protect yourself from any possible misunderstandings.
Many couples wish to bring a bit of personal flair to their Virgin Islands wedding event. If you are creating or purchasing any of your wedding decorations at home, there is no better time than now to start working on this project. This may also be the time to purchase the wedding dress and/or make arrangements to rent a tuxedo. List everything you plan on taking care of at home, and the estimated time it will take you to accomplish it.
Although you may think your arrangements are finalized, it is still important to talk to your vendors periodically to review their progress, or to discuss any changes that need to be made. Don't worry about calling too often. They are working for you, and you are paying them to provide these services.
Listed below are a few additional tips that will assist you in planning your Virgin Islands wedding.
Rather than feeling nervous and anxious during the days leading up to your big day, make organization your ally. Whether you choose to plan your the Virgin Islands wedding on your own, or enlist the help of specialists, examining the methods listed above will make sure you keep your planning done in an tidy, timely, and stress-free fashion.
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