All weddings take a lot of planning, but if you’re having a destination wedding then there’s a few extra things to take into consideration. So, eyes down and get planning!
Make your location meaningful and convenient
You’ll want a location that means something to you, but you also need to find somewhere that’ll suit your guests. You might want to go back to your childhood holiday destination, but does it have enough hotel space?
Give your guests enough time
People will need time to make their own plans, as well as to save up if it’s a flight away. You should also try to put as many of your guests as possible in the same hotel to benefit from cheaper group rates.
Use local produce to save money
If you use local flowers, fruit and vegetables then you could save a packet, especially if you were originally planning to have flowers from home shipped over.
Use a destination wedding planner
If you’re using a planner, then make sure they specialise in destination weddings. If possible, find someone who speaks the local lingo, or look for a planner in your chosen location. You can ask for local referrals, too, as your on-ground planner can arrange meetings with the best people.
If you can, visit your venue before you book and then again a couple of months before the big day. If you can’t afford a second visit, then go a week before the wedding to finalise all your details and speak to your vendors.
Include your vendors’ travel costs
You may decide to bring some vendors from home, in which case you need to pay for their travel and accommodation. Pin down these expenses beforehand so you both know where you are.
Cut your suit (and dress) according to the climate
If you’re going somewhere hot, then you need lightweight fabrics. Be prepared to be flexible here.