From the time you say ‘yes’ to the actual big day, as if the planning process of your perfect big day isn’t exciting enough, when you decide to tie the knot in a far-flung exotic locale can romantic but just as stressful too!
So when you are ready to jump on a plane, hit the road or take on the high seas and check-in to a hotel, be sure to pack our useful tips to keep in mind and make your destination wedding, the one of your dreams!
What do you want from a destination wedding?
Planning a destination wedding begins with choosing a destination! A daunting task in its own right; after all, the entire whole world is literally your oyster! So it might be worthwhile to give your destination a thorough though. Is there a country that’s special to you both? What type of venue do you imagine? How important to you is the weather? Do you want to elope, have a small and intimate wedding or ensure all your friends and family are there?
Select a destination that’s easily accessible.
It takes more than gorgeous scenery to make a successful wedding so time to get practical! The last thing you wouldn’t want is for your guests to not make it to your wedding if your destination requires multiple forms of transport or is too far, leaving them jet lagged or is too expensive to even reach at all!
Take a trip!
If your budget and time permits, this is always a good idea to avoid any last minute unpleasant surprises. After all if the wedding was at home, visiting a venue before booking would be a no brainer! This way you can be well prepared against unexpected elements – traffic, distance from other hotels etc.) so you can work around them. And decide on some picturesque places for amazing wedding photos. Try to arrive at your destination at least 3-5 days before your wedding. This will give you some time to relax and enjoy a mini vacation with your guests.
Carry on your dress
Most airplanes have a coat closet they can hang it in and knowing exactly where it is will give you much needed peace of mind.
Factor in the exchange rate but Stick to your budget!
A common misconception is that getting married abroad is a cheaper alternative. This is not necessarily the case. t’s easy to get a little carried away with all the fun aspects of wedding planning however you cannot afford to neglect the more serious stuff – doing your research and sticking to the budget! Always convert prices into dollars so you have a real handle on how much you’re shelling out for the big day.
Have a hair/makeup trial
Your hair and make-up will be immortalized in photos forever so it’s worthwhile not to experiment with hair/make-up artists in a foreign country whom you’ve never met instead where possible do a hair/makeup trial in your schedule.
Create a wedding web site for your guests and there are plenty of tools out there that will allow you to do this for free. This will save each of your guests asking you the same question and prevent you from feeling like a tour guide! Consider sharing information like – Wedding details, range of accommodation suggestions, Car hire companies, Things to do in the area, Local laws that your guests should be aware of, Your gift list,
Consider traditions and local laws
There are a number of traditions associated with weddings so consider which you would like to factor into your wedding. Equally, find out what traditions there are in your destination country, you may want to include some of these into your day to give it a unique and authentic difference. For example, if you’re getting married in Italy, perhaps swap a traditional harpist for a mandolin player when you’re walking down the aisle. Research the marriage requirements before you select your destination. Each country and state have their own requirements, which can change from time to time. Make sure you are aware of what those requirements are and get the legwork done before you go. Likewise, find local favour’s and gifts for your guests and ass these to the welcome baskets.
Think of the climate and temperature
Do consider the climate and temperatures of your destination country and plan accordingly! Keep the weather in mind when choosing a hairstyle and dress. If you’re tying the knot at the beach or somewhere windy, a loose hairstyle may not be the most practical option. If the weather will be warm, choose a dress fabric that’s appropriate. Chiffon for instance, is great option for outdoor weddings with its flowy character and elegant chic look and ability to keep you as cool as a cucumber!
Negotiate a group discount for hotel rooms
When it comes to wedding and expenses, every little dollar saved helps so even a discount of 5% or 10% can mean some pretty serious cost savings! Negotiating is not always about getting goods or services for the price you want. It’s about getting the most for your money. So be flexible where possible and this could save you some serious dollars too!
Send out your invitations early!
When you’re planning a destination wedding it is absolutely critical to give your guests as much advance notice as possible. This means sending out invitations at least 5-6 months before, so that they can have plenty of time to plan their travel and vacation time. Some guests won’t book flights and hotel rooms until they have the official invite. Similarly, request RSVP’s a month before.
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