Destination Beach Wedding Planning – One Year Check List

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when planning a destination beach wedding.  The average wedding can take more than a year to plan and prepare for.  Whether you are working with a wedding planner or not, here’s a one-year-before-the-wedding-checklist…use this as a guide and starting point for planning your perfect destination beach wedding.

One Year Before…

  1. Determine what the total budget is for your wedding.  Speak to anyone who might be contributing.
  2. Keeping track of details, dates and expenses is important.  Consider a digital planner for your phone or tablet.
  3. Finalize the date and time of the wedding.
  4. Scope out and select a destination beach wedding venue.
  5. If you intend on using a wedding planner, interview and hire one.
  6. Engagement photos, announcements and invitations take time to organize, start that process.
  7. Work with your significant other on creating your guest list.
  8. If the reception is at a different location than the ceremony, interview and select the location.
  9. Interview and choose an officiant.
  10. If you will need any catering for rehearsal parties, the ceremony or the after-party, choose a caterer.
  11. Decide on any wedding colors or themes.
  12. Collect bridal gown ideas.
  13. Start thinking about honeymoon locations.

It’s never too early to start planning.  Many times things will change along the way so keep an open mind and a flexible attitude. Remember that everyone working with you wants your day to be perfect.