We caught up with Stacy Allen( WW Goa) who recently planned destination wedding in Goa, India, that had a beautiful beach ceremony and the reception and the nearby restaurant. Stacy, specialises in destination weddings across Asia and Europe. Here are her thoughts what you should keep in mind when setting out to plan a beach wedding.
How difficult or easy is it for a couple planning for a destination wedding?
Planning a destination weddings has its own pros and cons, if a couple is visited the location in advance it is much easier for the two of them to picture is the setting. Coordinating with vendors is a most difficult part in the most time-consuming one.
What was a setting for the wedding you recently planned in Goa?
Goa is a beautiful location for a beach wedding, this wedding was a sunset wedding, which had the sounds of the ocean in the background, clear blue skies and the setting sun. We laid out comfortable seating arrangement on the golden sand with floral decor and drapes all across.
How does the couple choose the venues for the ceremony and reception?
We recommend starred hotel chains for clients, as these are easier to coordinate with and setup based on the preferences of the couple. Starred hotels have pre allocated space, both indoors and outdoors that the couple can view pictures of and decide upon.
What about travel and accommodation options?
We work with local travel agents that are internationally present making it convenient for reservations and flight plans.
How do you go about choosing vendors? Is negotiating difficult?
We have a small team of local wedding planners present at locations that are experienced and well-qualified in managing a destination wedding that works with shortlisting vendor’s and managing them. Negotiations are also channelized through a local vendors as well.
What destinations a popular? And how many months in advance you required to plan and outstation wedding?
Places such as Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Goa and The Maldives are very popular destinations in Asia. Europe has a few favourites as well such as Paris and Spain. We would require at least 4 to 6 months to plan and outstation wedding depending on the number of guests.
What does one have to plan for will having a wedding on the beach?
The climatic conditions for the day how the first thing one should consider. If the weather is hot and humid providing your guests with easy access to refreshments or hand towels is helpful. If it is a windy evening informing guests in advance so that they accordingly adjust the clothing attire along with the here and make-up. If the evenings get little chillier, inform your guest to carry warm clothing along with them.
Any tips the bride?
Here and make-up can be quite tricky for a wedding on the beach due to the warm weather to make up could wear-off or your hair could be blown with the breeze, so is necessary that you inform your here and make-up stylists in advance so that they can plan accordingly.