This series is for you to better understand the mechanics of planning a wedding from afar and to learn how best to plan your destination wedding in Tahiti, and avoid wedding regrets and disenchantment.
Today we will touch on how important it is to communicate about money and the cost of a destination wedding in Moorea.
If you will be eloping in Moorea then it’s likely that you are paying on your own, it’s your money, your business!
But, if you are planning a destination wedding in Tahiti and are fortunate enough to have your parents and/or in-laws chip in toward the wedding, that’s another story. Money is a touchy subject, especially when it comes to gifts. I mean, if your parents are giving you money for your wedding, talking about it feels just… AWKWARD.
Don’t want to learn the importance of communicating about money and the cost of a destination wedding in Moorea the hard way? Keep reading.
Wedding Regret: I Would Have Communicated Better About Money With My Family
Weddings nowadays are certainly different from weddings back when your parents got married. Let alone getting married overseas and having a destination wedding in Moorea. There wasn’t Internet back then, no Pinterest or Instagram! Wait, what? No Instagram? No way!
So, what? This means that when your parents or in-laws contribute financially to your destination wedding in Tahiti, they are not necessarily thinking of the same budget lines / items than you do. Before you go about setting up your budget, ask them:
“How would you like to contribute, specifically?” and then let them put that money toward the parts of the wedding that are most important TO THEM. As long as it does not go against the overall feel of the day, of course. Ideally, you’ll want them to contribute to pre or post events, rather than to the wedding key items.
You will avoid money dramas down the road.
“Two dresses, what’s the point?”
“What do you mean you ordered monogrammed wedding favors?” “Signature cocktails, what’s that?”
You get it, lots of arguments, misunderstandings, and hurt feelings can come about as a result of not communicating.
Knowing what everyone wants to contribute to can help ease the process : rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, entertainment etc. : be specific.
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And if you’re paying it all on your own, then scaling your destination wedding in Moorea based on your available budget is crucial. This is your budget that will dictate what options are available to you, not the other way around. More on this topic here.
Your guests will also want to know well ahead what costs will come with traveling to Tahiti to join you on this fabulous day. Think of airfares and best times to book, different styles of accommodation (Moorea offers a great variety of accommodation styles to fit everyone’s budget, from family-run pensions, to B&Bs, small hotels, vacation rental homes or villas, and resorts), transportation and activities.
The better you communicate about money from the beginning, the less regrets you will have afterwards!
** last updated on May 14, 2021 **
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