The price you pay for a destination wedding in a relaxing and gorgeous destination like Costa Rica (beyond the actual price) is a lot of work up front. Ideally, you should start the process about a year before that special date.
All of this may sound a little tedious, however, it is not. The good thing is that you don’t have to do it all at once, as long as you spread the tasks out over a 12-month period. To that end, we’ve created a destination wedding checklist to keep things running smoothly.
Here’s a list of the top tasks to tackle one year prior to The Wedding
Determine Your Budget
While you want to invest in your dream wedding, know that you can create that dream without striping your financial reserves – and you do this by creating a budget. Start by taking an honest look at your finances, considering any help you may be receiving from family members, settling on a realistic budget, and committing to staying below that number.
Now that you’ve settled on your wedding essence of choice, start researching venues that match these needs. Mark your favorites and discuss with your partner. Once you’ve narrowed it down to your top three, contact the venues and request all pertinent information, and photos from their past weddings.
Decide the Essence You Want Your Wedding to Exude
Getting clear on the vibe, theme, spirit, or whatever you want to call it, for your wedding will make all your other decisions easier because you’ll have a better sense of what you’re trying to create.
Create Your Guest List
With that nifty budget in tow you can now decide how many names can grace your guest list. One of the biggest expenses of a wedding is food and drink, so each name on that list adds up.
Make an Inspiration Board
Because there may be some tedious moments between now and the time you finally say “I do,” it can be nice to have a visual reminder of what you’re working towards. Clip images of weddings, flowers, colors, food, rings, dresses, your wedding destination, and more that make you feel excited about planning a wedding, and glue them to a piece of poster board.
Why Costa Rica as wedding destination?
Located along the Pacific Coast, Costa Rica is below the hurricane belt and protected from Caribbean storms. Since it is in the rainforest, Costa Rica does experience a rainy season in the months of September and October offering usually warm and sunny mornings with afternoon showers and occasional thunderstorms. From May-August there is a transition season with mostly sunny days with only occasional showers on some afternoons. The dry season runs from December to April with little chance of rain.
There are many reasons to have a destination wedding in Costa Rica. Destination weddings in Costa Rica offer benefits that traditional weddings cannot. This beautiful country provides an incredible backdrop for your wedding, which you simply can’t recreate in a traditional venue. This beautiful and scenic country promises not only beautiful wedding photographs but also a fun, unique and exotic experience for your guests.
Costa Rica remains one of the world’s top locations for destination weddings. Its beautiful and diverse landscape — featuring beaches, volcanoes, lush rainforests, and mountains — coupled with its warm climate and even warmer people make it a desirable location for engaged couples and their guests and an ideal locale for destination weddings.
Booking your Costa Rica Destination Wedding at The Castle of Oz
Our architectural design provides panoramic views of the Pacific Central Coast and rainforest and blends perfectly with the tropical landscape.
When you’re ready to start planning your destination wedding in Costa Rica, look no further than The Castle of Oz.