Top 11 Destination Wedding Tips (don't forget #4!)
Congratulations on your engagement! Now it's the time to start planning the wedding of your dreams! Whether your wedding will be in Paris, in a castle in Scotland or on a beach of a tropical island, there are a few important factors to consider when planning a destination weddings. Here are our top 11 tips!
11 Tips For A Destination Wedding
1. Choose your wedding destination carefully
Make sure there is no hurricane season in your dream location. Don't choose the major holiday season either as flight costs will be higher than usual. Also make sure that the wedding location is convenient to get to and your guests don't have to take connecting flights followed by a bus or a boat.. Also keep an eye on travel expenses for your guests - not everyone might be able to afford the trip if the destination is expensive to travel to.
2. Send the 'Save the date' well in advance
People tend to book their yearly holiday at the beginning of the year or even the year before. So make sure you let your guest know before all their annual leave is used up if they have to take extra days off work to attend your wedding.
3. Hire a wedding planner
Planning a wedding on your own in your home town is already a big task. But planning a wedding at a destination venue is a whole new challenge. Make sure you get a local wedding planner with lots of experience in the type of wedding that you dream of.
4. Visit your wedding venue in person
To prevent any negative surprises, visit your dream venue in person and speak with everyone including wedding planner, photographer, and officiate. This is also a great opportunity to find out what kind of transportation is needed and to think of leisure activities to suggest to your guests.
5. Check the local marriage regulations
Find out what sort of documents are needed to get married at your dream destination. Many regulations differ from country to country.
6. Plan in extra expenses
A destination wedding might involve more costs that a wedding in your home town. So be prepared. Extra expenses will also include welcome bags and additional activities for guests and travel costs for you and your close family.
7. Check in with your close friends
While other guests might politely decline if the trip gets to expensive, your close friends may feel obliged to be with you on your wedding day no matter the costs. Let them know that you will still be their BFF and that they don't have to take on a loan just to be able to afford the travel expenses.
8. Take care of your guests
On top of arranging group rates for rooms, prepare little welcome baskets for your guests and arrange for some extra activities like drinks the night before and brunch the day after the wedding day. The welcome baskets should have information about the local area and explain how to get to your wedding locations. Also add sweets, sun screen, water and local specialties in the basket. You may also want to include a package of ibuprofen for the morning after your big wedding party..
9. Adjust your dress and the dress code to the climate
Take into account the climate of your wedding venue when you decide on your bridal dress and the overall dress code of your wedding. Also bear in mind that high heels might not be the best choice if your ceremony is held on a sandy beach..
10. Plan out how to transport your dress
Smaller bridal dresses may fit into your check-in luggage while larger gowns will likely need their own luggage. Ideally take a stable suitcase rather than a bag so the dress doesn't get damaged during the journey.
11. Arrive a few days earlier than your guests
Take a few days to relax before all your guests will arrive. Do a final check with your wedding planner and vendors, visit the ceremony and party venues once more and have a trial session with your hairstylist and make up artist. Then take another day or two just for you and your hubby-to-be to enjoy the weather. Book in a massage or SPA session and don't stress :)
Where would your dream destination wedding be? Have you had a destination wedding yourself? Let us know in the comments :)