So you're engaged.
It’s fresh and it’s new, and you should enjoy every moment! There is a long and exciting journey ahead of you—planning your destination wedding. Choosing The Bahamas is a great place to start, and we are here to help. So, here’s an infographic we created to assist! Don't worry, we've got you covered.
Let's get down to business! In these early months, you should create a wedding folder, sort of like your Pinterest wedding board, but on paper. Speaking of Pinterest...have a look at our Pinterest Board for inspiration. Set a budget. Determine who will be financing the wedding and how much you want to spend. Have the money talk with your partner and make a promise to stick to it, no matter what. By this time, you should have a date in mind. Do these dates work with the venue? Here's where you decide if planning a destination wedding all on your own is a commitment you're prepared to make. If not, seek out a wedding planner and let them do the hard work for you. The Bahamas Bridal Association is just an email away and they can match you with a certified wedding planner.
One step at a time. It's time to book the vendors you researched a few months ago. Reserve a block of rooms or villas for your guests. We have many resorts and boutique hotels to choose from. Create your wedding registries and wedding website together. Here's a cool tip—The Bahamas has a honeymoon registry that allows friends and families to give the newlyweds unique Bahamian experiences as gifts.
You're getting closer. After all is said and done, there will be a honeymoon. Where will you go? Have you had a chance to register for our honeymoon registry? Get this out of the way. The Bahamas also has special honeymoon rates for lovebirds, and we'd love to have you. Remember, The Bahamas has many islands and cays to choose from, so you can say "I do" on one island and honeymoon on another.
This is also the time to start planning a schedule for your wedding day. Seeing what the day looks like on paper will give you more clarity.
Begin your dress fitting. Take your wedding shoes with you to ensure your dress is cut to the appropriate length. Remember, this is a destination wedding and it may call for less traditional wedding shoes. If you're having a beach wedding, consider bridal barefoot sandals.
Are your invitations scheduled to arrive on time? Make sure that you give yourself enough time to receive them, proof them, and send them out.
Time is winding down and it's time to select your wedding bands. Make sure you have the correct size, as you want no errors when it comes to the rings.
We know it's a busy time, but if you and your partner have agreed to write your vows, take a few minutes to yourself and reflect on your relationship and the person you're going to marry. These are promises to your partner and to yourself—take the time to get it done.
While you're busying yourself with vows, ensure that your wedding invitations have been mailed, set the RSVP cutoff at 3 weeks after the mailing date.
Where has the time gone? By now you should have a final count for your list of attendees. Share this number with all vendors. You should be planning a reception seating chart or at least have an idea of how you want to group people.
You're on your way to The Bahamas! Make sure you and your partner have everything you need, i.e. dress, formal wear, and the rings of course!
You're here! Meet with your local wedding planner (if you went this route) and reconfirm with all your vendors to ensure things run as smoothly as possible.
Rehearse! This is your big day—make sure everyone knows where they need to be, with whom, and at what time. Why not plan a rehearsal dinner at a Bahamian restaurant with delicious Bahamian food?
This is your big day, you get to start your new life with your partner, and you shouldn’t have any worries. This is the best day of your life and you're in The Bahamas! It doesn't get any better, we promise.