Online Marketing Specialist and management graduate, Ankit Bhargava has over 13 years of experience in the travel industry and eventually turned that expertise into becoming a Destination Wedding Expert. And he believes in going that extra mile to put a smile on a bride’s face. To help you plan a seamlessly easy, efficient and beautiful destination wedding, we asked Ankit the tough questions you need to get you started. Read on to see what the expert in the house had to say.
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On when should a couple opt for a destination wedding…

When there is a possibility of having a limited guest list. The idea behind a destination wedding is to merge a wedding celebration with a holiday and a family reunion.

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On making your destination wedding budget friendly…

Spend minimum on the décor since you’re already choosing an aesthetically pleasing location, work with local suppliers and keep the guest list limited.

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On the things that make couples happiest…

In terms of destination weddings, the overseas guests and couple rarely get a chance to get together. The feeling of being blessed on your most special day with guests from around the globe is what makes couples the happiest. Anything that adds to that experience and enhances the good time a couple shares with their guests is a bonus.

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On an approximate budget to host a destination wedding…

Around 25,000-50,000 per person for two days of festivities is a general rule of thumb.

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On the more economic time of the year to host a destination wedding…

Hotels are less costlier from May to September—however, most other costs remain the same across the year.

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Fun activities you can engage in with your guests…

Interactive family games, karaoke night, cricket and football matches, kite flying, group tours, video booth, the list is unlimited…

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On unnecessary splurges…

Being extravagant as far as the décor selections go and spending on celebrity appearances for me is a splurge, which can be avoided.

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On must-have splurges…

Spending on good food and stay and opting for a good photographer is always recommended.

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On the preparation process for a destination wedding…

It starts from making up your mind to have a Destination Wedding and selecting the location of your dreams—one, which is logistically possible and that falls in your budget. Then, you’ve got to start visiting possible locations, handpicking venues and hiring a professional wedding planner for a professional consultation.

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On when exactly to start planning a destination wedding…

How soon one should start looking into planning a destination wedding is subjective; however, as a rule of thumb 12 to 18 months prior to the wedding date would be ideal. You’ll require a lot of time to research the destinations, venues, wedding planners and such to reach a stage where you are ready to send a ‘Save the Date’ card and inform your guests. You need to ensure that your guests have enough advance notice to decide on their own travel arrangements.

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