Getting ready to start planning the destination wedding of your dreams? First things first, choosing the location! So… will you tie the knot beachside in Fiji? Or exchange your vows in a romantic cathedral in Italy? The world is your oyster, but with endless options comes endless decisions. Don’t you worry, we have put together a list that will help you find the destination wedding location that is absolutely perfect for you.
The first step for any wedding is to figure out a budget, and when it comes to planning a destination wedding this becomes even more essential. Your budget will determine when and where you can travel. Be aware of and try to avoid peak tourism season, where overall prices will be inflated. Your venue will also be determined by your budget, whether it is an intimate private villa or a more modest, all-inclusive resort. With a well-executed budget, you won't run into any unexpected debt!
Come up with a ballpark range of how many guests you want to invite before choosing your location. How much do your guests want to spend, and is that important to you? It is up to you to decide whether you have your heart totally set on a location and will be okay with the fact that some people may not be able to attend. Keep in mind, if you want to draw big numbers to your destination wedding then be considerate of how much each guest will have to spend for travel and accommodations. Make sure you know your audience and make a few key decisions. For example, should the resort be family friendly? Or adult only? If there are certain guests you want to invite but don’t think are likely to attend, remember that it is still a nice gesture to send an invitation!
Depending on where you choose to get married, making sure your destination wedding is legal can become pretty complicated. Find out ASAP whether the location you are considering has certain marriage requirements or not. These requirements will vary from country to country and can affect how early you may need to arrive at your destination or involve tedious paperwork. You can even choose to take a shortcut by getting legally married at home, and simply throwing a symbolic ceremony at the destination wedding. This trick can save you a lot of time and energy!
No matter how flawlessly you plan every aspect of your destination wedding, at the end of the day, the world is unpredictable! Be prepared to deal with last minute changes at the venue, with the weather or with guests getting to the location. If you are flexible, you can take on anything and make the best of it! Besides, half of the fun of throwing a destination wedding is taking on the challenge and experiencing an adventure with your new partner.
Even if you want to, it will be nearly impossible for you and your spouse-to-be to plan your entire destination wedding solo! It is not a bad idea to work with a wedding planner as they are familiar with wedding locations and special promotions. They can even assist your guests directly so you are not bombarded with millions of questions that you may not even know the answer to. Planning a wedding away from home can be stressful, so hiring an expert to handle details from afar is worth its weight in gold.
Congrats on taking the plunge and deciding to travel to tie the knot. Choose your perfect location with these tips.
Happy destination wedding planning!
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