Dreaming about your special day in a faraway destination that holds a special meaning to you and your partner? Imagine standing hand in hand next to your closest friends and family with an amazing backdrop of city lights, endless ocean, snow capped mountains or rolling vineyards. With a little bit of legwork and planning you can make it happen!
These are our top tips and things to not forget when planning that dream destination wedding.
Find the perfect spot
Choose somewhere that is meaningful to you as a couple. Do you like to hike, sit on the beach, tour museums? Are you foodies, bikers, movie goers, surfers… what fits your vibe? Also consider the time of year, weather, high tourist time, etc. Maybe you have airline and hotel points to help with the cost? All of these things should be considered when planning your ideal destination and perfect wedding date.
Also, make sure you know the marriage requirements for the destination of your choice. All destinations are different so make sure you know what your destination country requires for you to legally tie the knot. If it is impossible to fit the requirements, then you can make it official before you head out and enjoy the ceremony celebration with your guests.
Give family, friends, and guests the info
Make sure you keep those you are planning to include and invite in the know of what you are considering. With a destination wedding you will need to make sure people are informed well in advance so they can plan accordingly for their time off and travel. Include those who are closest to you in the decision from the beginning letting them know what you are considering so they can share in the excitement, and logistics planning, with you. You can then provide a detailed wedding website for your guests to include all info that they will need to make the trip.
Pro tip: include details like money exchange options for an out of the country destination.
Hire some help
This is your time to enjoy your friends and family, and your soon to be husband/wife! Hire some help and let the professionals handle the details, so you don’t have to. Some venues offer event planners as part of their package, but if they don’t or if you have someone you’d like to work with to plan your wedding, just make sure you hire someone for this job. It will simplify the process. Your planner will also help with booking other vendors that are needed and manage those details for you. They’ll also make sure your guest’s travel itineraries are easy peasy and that Aunt Martha knows that her car will be at the airport to pick her up as soon as she lands 😊.
Keep in mind that you will need to cover transportation costs for the vendors that are not local to your destination. With that said, a destination wedding will most of the time cost less than hosting the event back home.
Choose your attire to match your destination
Have fun with this! Consider the environment and the vibe you are wanting to create and choose your attire to compliment the “theme”.
Pro tip: carry-on your wedding day outfits so you don’t have to worry with the possibility of a lost bag. Your planner can arrange ahead of time to have your garments taken to a local cleaner to be pressed once you arrive.
Also, carry on the rings! And make sure they are insured.
We have so many tips and tricks that we would like to share with you! Contact us today for more inside info on how to plan your perfect destination wedding.
XO - Rosedae