Want to Have the Perfect Island Wedding? – Then Remember to KISS

If you want to have the Perfect Island Wedding then just remember to KISS. Not the lip locking thingy, but instead just Keep It Simple Sally. And the magic truly is in the Simplicity.

You see, with a big extravagant wedding back home there are so many things to keep an eye on that you can easily feel like you need a planner for your wedding planner…a recipe that’s guaranteed to turn the sweetest gal into a horrid bridezilla. And we just can’t imagine this of you. Fortunately, most island resorts are truly skilled at delivering beautiful island weddings so you hardly need do more than make a few telephone calls explaining any special requests that you might have. And after this all you need do is check-in to your wedding resort, work on your tan, and show up for your wedding!

I have seen some island resorts with as many as 9 and 11 weddings in a single day so you can rest assured that they have it down to a fine science. Truth be told however, all you probably want from your resort is to be treated like you are uniquely special on your wedding day and not to get caught up in the art of how a resort packs so many weddings into a single day. Gosh, heaven forbid that your wedding is on one of those days. And now imagine that it rains! However there are easy ways to ensure that you don’t have such an experience.

One of the best ways to keep your island wedding really simple is to finalise the details well ahead of time and in person. A pre-wedding scouting trip to your island of choice is a brilliant idea, especially if you are inviting friends and family. One couple recently vacationed in St. Lucia to celebrate their engagement then flew back the following year to get married, having made most of the arrangements during their engagement trip. The beauty of this was that when they arrived the following year for their wedding they felt so relaxed and welcomed by all the staff who remembered them that they said they felt as if they had been given the keys to the kingdom!

For the bride who is very particular about her expectations regarding service and delivery, such a trip can go a long way towards you sleeping well at night.

To keep things simple it helps to know and understand the events that make your island wedding possible. A great place for independent information is the tourist board of your selected island. Here you will discover all of the legal requirements for your wedding, from the required period of residence on your island, down to the legal recognition of your wedding back home. Beyond this there are websites that carry all of the important contact information for the legal authorities of a number of Caribbean islands. Best of all, many islands have divisions of their tourist boards in many of the major metropolitan areas of the world, complete with toll free numbers.

With all of this it is easy enough to see why to get the Perfect Island Wedding all you need to do is KISS!

6 Popular Questions As You Plan Your Island Wedding

1. Do I wear a veil at a beach wedding? If so, when do I take it off?

Veils are symbolic and romantic. For beach weddings, generally the attire is more casual and hair pieces incorporating local island flowers are typical. However, a traditional veil can still be a beautiful compliment. You might select a shorter length to keep it more manageable. As for taking it off, a bride generally removes the veil just after the ceremony, or after the first dance at a reception as everyone is sitting down. You can use your veil to decorate your chair.

2. What about transportation for my wedding party to the reception?

You’re responsible for getting your wedding party from your ceremony to the reception. If you’re going casual, be sure to let them know ahead of time that they can simply drive over. Otherwise, consider renting a limo or use one of the local island open-air taxis for a cultural experience for the whole group.

3. Will my wedding planner be at the reception?

The beauty of hiring a wedding planner is that he or she will plan and coordinate all the parts of your wedding day to ensure the day runs smoothly for you. They may or may not, however, come to the venue on the day of your wedding. Be sure to ask the planner if they will be attending and when they’ll leave. The planner may come to the wedding but not the reception. If the planner doesn’t attend, ask what he or she will handle on the day of the ceremony. Also, ask about after the ceremony: will the planner stay to clean up?

4. What are the traditional wedding reception rituals?

Generally, the first thing to start a reception is the entry of the wedding party. The wedding party is announced and they enter into the reception area.

After this, there’s often the first dance between the bride and groom. This dance is observed by the guests, and then the rest of the wedding party is led in to join them.

Next, there’s the toast by the best man and others: guests remain standing as the best man starts the toasting. Or, the best man may do this after the main course and before the cake cutting. Another tradition is to have the toast just after the wedding party has been announced.

In the midst of the dancing, the bride dances with her father in a farewell dance, and the groom dances with his mother. Later, the bride may also choose to dance with her father-in-law and the groom with his mother-in-law.

Towards the end is the cake cutting and, optionally, the bouquet and garter tosses. The couple may choose to only toss the bouquet or to skip this part.

Be sure to tell your photographer what the plan is for the reception so he knows to stay through everything.

5. Do I feed the band and the wedding professionals?

Some professionals will include in their contracts that they must be fed. However, it’s unnecessary to provide alcohol, as they are on the job. If they do not request a meal to be included, it’s a nice gesture to offer it. You can serve them something lighter than the main entree, like sandwiches, or you can ask the caterer if they offer different pricing for the wedding professionals, band and photographer.

6. What if it rains and I’m having a beach wedding?

If you’re getting married on a beach and the clouds roll in, ask your wedding planner what they do in the cases of rain. The islands generally have rain showers that come and go, especially during their “rainy” season. Your island wedding planner will have a back-up plan for this–either cute umbrellas and a memorable ceremony on the beach with rain drops, or a venue change. Ask in advance what happens in situations when it rains on wedding days.

One Simple Step to Turn Your Island Wedding Into a Lifetime of Memories

There are few occasions in life that are meant to be more memorable than a wedding. The amount of time, energy and money spent on making sure that your wedding turns out to be a perfect day is a testament to how important an event it is.

There are so many variables to making your wedding turn out perfect that it can be absolutely head-spinning to try and prioritize everything. Perhaps the most important factor in planning your wedding is the setting, and what better place to hold it than on a beautiful island?

And I am thrilled that you have chosen an Island weddings to create those special memories for that special day. The serene, natural beauty of an island is incomparable to that of any other location in the world.

Most brides when holding an island wedding go through all the stress and emotional strain of setting this up but this turns out to be just like all the other island weddings. According to a local bridal magazine for Hawaii, almost 92% of all island weddings can be predictable and no different from the previous one.

So lets forget out make this a cookie cutter island wedding.

The one secret to turning this around and having a wow factor for that special day is having a theme island beach wedding. Holding your wedding on an island also allows you the opportunity to create a specific theme for your guests to abide.

For instance, if you hold your wedding on a Hawaiian island, perhaps you can specify that you’d like the entire wedding party to wear grass skirts and flowers in their hair. Not the men of course. But you can specify the exact theme so they can blend into your prefect wedding setting.

The possibilities are endless!

Planning an island wedding does not need to be as intimidating as it may seem.

If you are finding it difficult to find the best theme then call up your local tour guide for the island you selected. Ask them specifically about the island themes and the best resources to pull this off.

You will be surprised that making one phone call to the right person beforehand can get you the best information you need and plan a theme that no one has done before. And if you are running short of time and feeling the stress, there are plenty of travel agents and wedding planners that will assist you in this, regardless of where you live.

Most of the time, all you’ll need to do is specify a few preferences, such as what type of food you’d like served and what your preferred schedule would be, and the planners will be more than happy to assist in putting it together.

The most important thing to remember is that if you are going to hold your wedding on an island, do it in a month such as September, when the weather is still nice but not too hot.