We hear it often..."The groom and I are just so STRESSED when we start talking about having to plan a destination wedding." I feel badly for newly engaged couples who really don't know where to start. The excitement of the engagement wanes a little bit when the reality that wedding planning across an ocean (and often much farther) is hard work. THUS, I'm hopeful that these 5 QUICK TIPS for planning a STRESS FREE wedding on Maui will provide you some relief!
1)DON'T TRY TO DO IT YOURSELF:
Enlist the help of a caring and very experienced wedding planner. This will save you time and in the long run money $$..time is money. (Just imagine,in the amount of time that you can call one photographer and ask about packages and specials and how he works, we could have already given you the names and shown you their work of at least 10 excellent photographers for consideration who we work with often! We know them, we trust them and so can you.) Your day is entirely too imporant to plan it from thousands of miles away without knowing who you can trust. We are trustworthy, experienced and very caring.
2)IF A PRICE SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, THEN IT PROBABLY IS..BEWARE.
Don't stress yourself out trying to find the BEST wedding package prices because less is not always more and more can be affordable but shouldn't be done cheaply. You may get what you paid for it..and nothing more.
3)WEATHER CAN'T BE PREDICTED ..EVEN BY THE BEST OF WEATHER MEN!
Watching the island weather report two weeks prior most likely will not give you an accurate report of what the weather will be like WHERE YOU ARE and THE TIME OF DAY where you are on Maui. With many eco-systems too numerous to count (almost!) please don't lose sleep seeing the smart phones show rain on your wedding day. And..showers are considered blessings and rainbows are added blessings.
4)WRITING YOUR OWN VOWS may not be your best choice for BOTH of you. The groom often stresses out seeking the PERFECT words for a short paragraph of vows while the bride may have written page after page of affirming vows..or visa versa. Instead consider using the ministers vows that you like and then memorize or just say something to one another after the vows. (i.e., "The first moment we met I....")
5)DECIDE WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO THE TWO OF YOU. Trying to impress or please others can ideally ruin your wedding day but also your entire honeymoon. Working with your planner to make sure that all planning is as YOU WISH. If you feel that someone is going to be a hindrance to the JOY of the occasion then seriously discuss whether they should be invited or not. AND.. Make time for YOURSELVES. Carve out time for yourselves and if necessary then spend a few days with guests and then choose some nights in another resort away from your guests. I hear people very often say, "We love our family but we really wish we could have some time to ourselves both before and especially after." Do it YOUR way and enjoy friends and family but remember that you are beginning YOUR life together so to be together is key.
Dolphin Dream Weddings strives to make sure that your wedding planning can be as "stress free" as possible. Often as planners and coordinators we try to aleviate your stress by asking you to let us worry about the little and big details. We may not know every answer to a concern or problem but with having planned thousands of weddings we have learned to be problem solvers and most of the time we can prevent a problem before it occurs anyway! And, isn't this what a great wedding professional should be doing for you anyway?
Call us today so we can answer your questions, lead you in the right direction and relieve some of that stress for you! 808.669.8787