A destination wedding allows you to say “I do” in a unique way while you are surrounded by your friends and family members at the best possible destination. This is why you must continue reading the best guide to planning an amazing destination wedding.
Destination weddings can be outstandingly lavish or modest depending on your lifestyle, budget, and desires. There are a lot of options to fit every sort of destination wedding whether you want a beachside wedding or a grand wedding in a chapel.
You could choose India for your destination wedding or Europe, either way, it is a lot of planning and hard work. No matter how big or small you want your destination wedding to be the most important thing you need is- planning. Without planning all your dreams will shatter and your “big day” will turn out to be your worst nightmare. We know that you don’t want this to happen not at any cost that is why we are here to give you some tips on how to plan a destination wedding.
Step by Step: Best guide to plan an amazing destination wedding
Decide on a destination for your wedding
Deciding a destination or location is the most important and critical part of your planning process. Location can be anywhere you want it to be – let your dreams come true because it is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Maybe it’s your dream to tie knot in Florida or in Hawaii or in Europe or in Paris…the list of probable destinations is endless. There are numerous factors that you must keep in your mind before finalizing destination for your big day. Some of them are:
Weather: If not planned well weather can destroy your destination wedding. Before choosing a location, do a complete weather research. And always have a plan B if the weather is not in your favor.
Budget: Whatever venue you have decided, make sure it falls under your budget. In fact, the venue should be a little below your budget for the destination wedding because almost always the plans overshoot the budget.
Convenience: The location you have chosen should have a good flight and train connectivity so that it will be convenient for your friends and relatives to reach there. This is critical, else you may end up exchanging the ring with no witnesses.
Choose a good & efficient wedding planner
After choosing a destination you should choose a good wedding planner who can make things easy for you. A qualified planner can take care of many small things with minimal confusion. Whether it is a wedding or a reception, a planner will make things smooth and hustle free. They also have contacts with reputed vendors, which means you get the best service and the best rates. These planners easily save you a lot of headache and let you enjoy your big day without burning a hole in your pocket.
Take care of the guests attending your destination wedding
You have always imagined your wedding surrounded by your dear and near ones. Even if you didn’t trust me when I say that your guests are an essential part of your wedding – besides your spouse, that is. If your relatives and friends can’t make it to the marriage, they will not appreciate all your planning. After all – good or bad – these are the guys who will talk about your wedding for years, depending on your planning. Send them early invites so that they can book their tickets in advance. Provide them detailed instruction of the wedding’s venue. Also, if your budget allows throw them a welcome party or sightseeing day.
Don’t forget wedding laws of the destination country
Every country has a different set of rules for wedding/marriages you must not forget those rules. Many countries have a residency requirement, which means you must reside in that country for some period before tying the knot. If you are getting married in a foreign country, you must register your marriage in your country as well. It is important to check on the local wedding laws before planning your wedding at a destination.
Know the local wedding customs
If you are getting married in a foreign location, learning its custom restrictions would be highly recommendable. There are two reasons why I recommend this – so that you don’t offend any local sentiments and secondly so that you can add a bit of “exotic” to your destination wedding.
Don’t ship things required on your wedding day
Please carry with you whatever you need for your destination wedding. Never ever ship them across to where you are headed because chances are they may not reach you on the day of the marriage. Avoiding it would save you lot of stress and time.
Getting the wedding dress and carrying it to the destination
The dress is undoubtedly one of the most important things of a wedding. Since yours is going to be destination wedding you must be a little bit more careful in your wedding dress selection. Consider the climate of your destination when choosing your wedding dress. Most airlines provide the facility where you can hang your dress in the plane but not all airlines have this facility so you may consider a professional for help. Since you are anyway carrying your wedding dress, don’t forget to make a list of items to carry on your honeymoon.
Planning the honeymoon along with the wedding
We would strongly recommend you staying back at the hotel or resort after your wedding, for a long honeymoon. After your friends and relatives have witnessed the wedding and let…you can decide to relax and take it easy. Now that you know that a wedding and a honeymoon can happen at the same place, why don’t you look at our list of the best honeymoon destinations ever.