Destination wedding planning tips
A destination wedding is probably the most romantic kind of wedding. Whisking away to an island with your love and your nearest and dearest to tie the knot. But as some of you may have realized, a destination wedding is not all bikinis and mojitos.
Many couples are overwhelmed with the idea of having their wedding away from home so we created this small list of useful tips to assist you start planning your dream wedding!
- Give yourself plenty of planning time.
Destination weddings are usually booked well in advance, for example our services booking up around 18 months before the wedding date. So start planning early if you don’t want your choices limited! Send out ‘Save the Date’ cards as soon as you can so that you can allow your guests the chance to incorporate your wedding into their annual leave. You don’t want to leave it too late where all your guests have already booked their holidays and cannot make it to your big day.
- Location, location, location.
With your guests needing to travel abroad for your wedding it is important to factor in the travel time and likely costs involved as there is no point in inviting all your friends and family to your fabulous event if it is going to be too difficult for them to get to or too expensive. So check that there are good flight connections for your guests and that there is a wide range of local accommodations to suit all budgets.
- Remember to get help!
Planning a wedding at home can be stressful enough so please don’t think planning a wedding abroad will be any easier. Language barriers and lack of knowledge of the area can be a real stumbling block so hire a professional wedding planner who will have a vast knowledge of the area and will provide the very best team of vendors. You shouldn’t have to be worrying about the logistics of your event and whether or not you have chosen a good vendor or if they will even turn up so leave this to the professionals, sit back, relax and enjoy!
- Look after your guests.
Your wedding guests will have gone to a lot of effort and expense travelling to your wedding so it is important to make sure they feel this is appreciated and that they are well looked after but you also don’t want to end up being their personal travel agent! It is also nice to provide additional events for your guests as they will usually have travelled for a long weekend or even a week so booking a good restaurant for a welcome meal before the wedding and arranging something the day after such as a relaxed brunch or pool party with a BBQ are always a good idea. A welcome pack or welcome letter for your guests on their arrival to add a personal touch from the Bride & Groom.