Having an overseas or out of state wedding is an exotic trend, and it’s a way to give your most memorable day a spice of specialty!
However, a “destination wedding” is far from easy. Because there’s a lot you have to consider.
No worries though. Below, we’ll give you a list of what you should plan. Check out each point, and design your dream wedding!
First – Set a Budget.
Destination weddings are expensive. You’ll need to factor in a variety of costs, such as…
- Travel expenses.
- Purchase costs (and storage) of wedding items far from home.
- Time required to supervise the wedding setup.
- Your travel and wedding planners.
You need to set a budget beforehand. Set a limit on how much you’re willing to spend for your dream wedding!
Second – Location.
Is your destination wedding domestic or overseas?
This question defines a lot. It defines your visa arrangement, guest list (who can show up), and travel fees.
As a Rule.
Domestic weddings are the best, if you’re close to a resort – or a honeymoon location.
As for international weddings, you can plan so that your honeymoon (and wedding) are at the same spot!
Third – Guest List.
If you want a large guest list, you’ll need to time your wedding close to a holiday.
That’s when your loved ones are free enough (or able to get work leaves) to show up. Otherwise, you risk a lonely wedding!
Guest Lists and Budgeting.
The more guests you have, the more people you’ll need to serve.
You’ll need more supplies at your wedding party. You’ll have to expand the space you rent.
You might also have to expand the timeframe of your wedding too!
Your guest list doesn’t just include your family. It also includes your…
- Bridal party.
- Venue coordinator.
- Wedding Planner.
You’ll need to ensure that they have access to the location of your wedding, especially in terms of…
Fourth – The Legal Paperwork.
Before planning your wedding, you should get your travel documents in order.
That’ll include your passport, travel visas, and your identification documents.
We recommend starting this process as soon as possible. The reason is, some countries take time to issue you a visa.
In fact, you might have to wait up to 6 months to get validated!
And this leads us to our next point…
Fifth – The Planning Timeframe.
If your destination wedding is overseas, then plan your wedding a year in advance.
You give yourself enough time to set a good date for guests to show up. Also, you can afford to wait to have your visa getting confirmed. Then create a wedding website to manage RSVPs and questions from guests.
Plus, if there are any issues that arise along the way – you have enough time to resolve them before your wedding!
Important: Hire a Planner.
They have experience dealing with hundreds of weddings.
Basically, you’ll only ever design one wedding. But a wedding planner has designed endless ones, and they’ll quickly guide you through the process.
Plus, with a destination wedding – a planner acts as your eyes and ears.
You won’t have to travel back and forth to ensure that everything is setup. They’ll take care of everything for you!
Sixth – Zero-Day Details.
There are certain services you should book on the wedding day (or a few days before).
- Transport (back and forth).
- Bands or DJs.
- Meal choices and Menus.
Speaking of accommodation, you might have to book that many weeks in advance. Your accommodation will likely be a hotel room – (or an apartment) if you plan on staying for a few weeks.
In conclusion, these tips should help you have a well-planned, less stressful destination wedding so that you are able to focus on what matters most: marrying your love!