Destination weddings will never go out of style. From Fiji to Florence turning your wedding into a weekend (or week!) of celebrations sounds like the perfect way to say, “I do”. But, before you jet off to a foreign land to marry your love, there are some important details to consider as you start planning for the Big Day.
Here are my top ten tips for planning a destination wedding.
1 | MAKE A LIST
Choose a meaningful location. Keep in mind your destination should have all of the required resources such as accommodation for guests, caterers and florists.
2 | VISIT THE VENUE
While a week-long getaway to your chosen destination may not be in the budget, it’s a good investment to get an up-close and personal look at your site choices before signing on the dotted line.
3 | REMEMBER YOUR GUESTS
Try to give guests different options for accommodation and make sure the rate is reasonably affordable.
4 | EMBRACE THE LOCATION
Keep your décor authentic by incorporating local blooms or serving local specialties at the reception.
5 | HIRE A LOCAL
Find a wedding planner that specialises in destination weddings. If that is not an option then be sure to look for a location that has an on-site coordinator. This ensures you have an expert on hand to take care of everything for you.
6 | PICK YOUR VENDORS
During your first site visit, coordinate all your meetings from the local florist to the rental companies. We suggest speaking with your wedding planner or on-site coordinator for any vendor referrals.
7 | BREAKDOWN YOUR BUDGET
Some couples decide on bringing specialists from home, just expect that you will be required to cover their airfares and accommodation on top of their rate. Make sure you negotiate the requirements upfront and in writing to avoid any disagreements.
8 | NOTIFY YOUR GUESTS IN ADVANCE
It is important to allow your guests enough time to calculate if they can afford the cost of travelling. This is also ensure you know your confirmed numbers well in advance.
9 | LEGALLY WED
Getting married abroad legally can sometimes be difficult. While most venues will help with the process, consider getting married legally at home followed by the ceremonial service abroad.
10 | CARRY ON
Unless you are flying private, do not check your wedding attire. Most major airlines will happily oblige the request for you to store your gown and suit in a first class closet or in an empty overhead compartment.