For some brides a destination wedding has been their dream all along! Maybe because they've always dreamt of getting married on a beach, but live up north. Maybe because they have an extensive guest list but don't have the funds to pay for that many people. Whatever the reason is destination weddings still involve lots of planning! From finding local vendors to packing your wedding day essentials a week in advance, we've put together 10 tips for planning your dream destination wedding!
1. Research the chosen location for a venue, vendors, hotels, and things to do.
-Block off rooms for guests at hotel once you've received a head count.
-Determine if you need transportation to and from the hotel to venue.
-Find a local florist, rental companies, DJ, suit rental, officiant, and other wedding vendors.
2. Send save the dates a little earlier than usual to give guests time to mark off their calendars, plan the vacation, and get passports if needed.
3. Research legalities of the region:
-Are there different marriage requirements in that country, will you require insurance, etc.
4. Check the local weather for the wedding week.
5. Stay in touch with confirmed guests:
- Email them the weather predictions, send them a generic packing list, let them know name of hotel that you've blocked off rooms for, send them some flight options, include a welcome package at resort with a list of local things to do and itinerary for the week, etc.
6. The 'things you really don't wanna forget' packing list:
-Proper paperwork to obtain marriage license, passport, drivers license, birth certificate...
-Copies of vendor contracts
-Cash/credit cards (only take the cards you need)
-Wedding day attire: Undergarments, make-up, hair products, jewelry, wedding rings, etc.
7. Selecting an on-site wedding planner can make your lives a lot easier when planning because the planner will know vendors and can do almost all the leg work for you leading up to your arrival.
8. Confirm all travel arrangements + vendor dates a month before leaving.
9. Give your guests a gift upon arrival as a thank you for traveling + attending.
-A package in their hotel room with mini sunscreen, a customized shirt or hat to wear that week, chapstick...things that would be fitting for your location; along with a schedule for the week + list of things to do in that area!
-Maybe throw them a welcome dinner party or a brunch the morning after your wedding as a thank you or schedule an outing the next day with those guests who are still around!
10. Be prepared that some loved ones may not be able to afford the trip when making the decision to get married away from home.
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