Destination Weddings

Service Venues

  • What will we do if it rains (if you're having an outdoor ceremony)?
  • What is the deposit fee? Many resorts and hotels will require at least 50 percent of the total cost as a deposit, with the remaining balance due right before the wedding. Try to negotiate the lowest possible down payment when dealing with any vendor. This minimizes your financial risk in the case of a cancellation or dispute.
  • What is the refund policy? Ask the site manager to spell out the circumstances under which you are eligible to receive a full or partial repayment.
  • Are there day fees? These are charges that some resorts tack on for guests staying at a different hotel or resort than the one where your wedding is taking place.
  • What's included in the wedding package rate?
  • Is there a price-escalation clause? Vendors will insert this into their contracts to cover unforeseen expenses. If possible, set a cap on the expenditures that can fall under this umbrella.
  • What are the due dates for every payment? You'll need to account for the time it takes to mail these checks to your wedding destination.
  • Can we arrange a special room rate for our guests?
  • Does the venue offer wedding insurance? This will protect you if the venue goes out of business.

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