Whether it's beautiful Barcelona, the romantic scenery of Lake Como or the sunny shores of Bali, destination weddings are the perfect way to combine your special day with a wonderful holiday experience. We've done the research and we are here to give you all the best destination wedding tips and tricks
Plan In Advance
Planning an overseas wedding means taking time away from everyday life for both you and your guests. This means taking leave from work, booking flights, budgeting and making arrangements well in advance. Be sure to give your guests plenty of notice so that they can make the necessary arrangements and be there for your special day.
There are countless online reviews, Pinterest pages and blogs written about the best destination wedding spots. Make sure you plan some time to go and visit the venue yourself. This will help with all stages of the planning and will put your mind as ease.
The Wedding Planner
There are many finer details that go into the planning on a wedding. While much of this can be arranged over the phone or via email, it's a good idea to look into booking a wedding planner who can assist from the destination. Many venues will have planners on staff so be sure to enquire.
For many guests, travelling away for a wedding is a big factor in the budget. When you are planning activities and accommodation, consider your guests and what they will be expected to pay. Remember, having them there for your special day is the most important thing!
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Getting On A Big Jet Plane
The dress, suit, make up, clothing, gifts...the list of things you need for a wedding is not small! Be sure to factor all of this in when making travel plans. Ask family members to help out in transporting bits and pieces and for your wedding gown and suit, contact the airline to enquire about taking them on board and having them stored.
Plan Extra Days
You and your partner have put a lot of planning into the wedding, and your guests have travelled quite a distance. Don't make it a one day affair, but instead plan several days so that you and your guests can enjoy time away together. Plan out adventure days, brunches, and the chance to all relax together!
Have A Back Up Plan
Weather can be unpredictable in any country, especially those of a tropical nature. Just like you would in your home town, make sure you have a back up plan for your wedding in case of dreaded bad weather. Most venues will have a back up option so be sure to discuss with them.
Planning a wedding comes with lots of different timelines. When informing your vendors about your wedding date, be sure to tell them when you are planning on travelling away for your wedding as well. This is particularly important when it comes to things like final dress alterations and the finer details of your bridal look.
Check The Law
Different countries will have different requirements for a marriage ceremony. Be sure to check and see what your to do list is for the legal side of things.
Be Budget Wary
While overseas wedding can often work out to be cheaper, this isn't always the case. Have a budget set from the beginning and stick to it. If you are wanting to expand your wedding budget a little, consider combining your overseas wedding with your honeymoon as well
For more destination wedding inspiration, check out Sharlene and Craig's special day in fabulous Florence