* Tip #1: Research the climate patterns of the area/venue that you are considering holding your wedding at to ensure you plan for the best time of year, taking into consideration temperature, expected rainfall etc – particularly in tropical locations like the Whitsundays!
*Tip #2: If you are holding your ceremony on a beach or near the ocean, check in advance for tide times. Even the most picturesque Whitsunday locations can lose a little of their magic should the tide be way, way out ! Alternatively other locations are improved by the look of low tide waters in the background, as high tide can cover up a lot of that gorgeous white sand, so we’d definitely recommend discussing this with your venue when choosing what time of day to hold your ceremony.
* Tip #3: Be realistic when selecting your guest list or you may be surprised when every single person you invited accepts! Guest numbers for a destination wedding are often higher than expected, as many people relish the opportunity to combine a celebration with a fantastic getaway – who wouldn’t??!! – and couples can often find they’d underestimated how many people would actually accept. We’d recommend allowing for 90% of your invited guests to accept your invitation when intitially planning your budget, meals, table layout etc, and then planning a “back up list” of extended family/friends you may wish to invite should your expected numbers drop after the first round of invitations are responded to.