Long ago, getting married away from home usually meant eloping. Nowadays, thanks to more and more hotels and resorts offering wedding packages, a new trend was born: destination weddings.
Like planning for any wedding, planning your destination wedding can be overwhelming. Actually, planning for the latter might even be more daunting because you’re also planning your honeymoon and a vacation for your guests.
Getting scared? Don’t be! With these top tips, you’ll stay organized, calm, and most of all, sane!
Planning Your Destination Wedding
Choose the location carefully
If you’re the whimsical couple, you’d might prefer tying the knot in Disneyland. If you’re nature enthusiasts, then the Alps may be a good choice. If you both love the beach, then you might go for the sunny Caribbean. If you have money to spare, you can also choose a castle in Europe.
Although the wedding’s about you, as a couple, you should also take into account where your guests live. Pick an accessible place, with affordable and easy flights, for as many of them. However, if you want to play Daddy Warbucks and pay for all the expenses, then pick the destination close to your heart.
Check the marriage requirements
Various destinations have different laws with regards to marriage. Other countries ask for specific requirements to make your union legal. For instance, France may be a great idea for weddings, but they have numerous requirements that may take you waiting for over a year. Jamaica, on the other hand, only requires 24 hours of residency to get wed. Before deciding on a specific location, do your research and find out if their requirements are easy to obtain.
Give enough notice and book early
Once you’ve decided on the destination, give your guests enough time to prepare. Eight months in advance, mail save-the-date announcements. Six months out, send them with brochures and any group discounts for air travel and lodging. This will also give you time to book the rooms with the best views. If you don’t know who’s coming or not, you’ll have trouble in booking your hotel accommodation.
Some say that what and how you pack plays a very big role in your destination wedding. This is quite overwhelming too, as you have to pack for the wedding and honeymoon. According to the Bridal Guide, there are a few things that you need to send ahead, and other essentials that you should hand carry. For instance, you should never check your wedding dress or his tux. Your veil, wedding rings, and heirloom pieces, should be carried on the plane.
Most all-inclusive resorts have wedding destination packages that cover almost everything you need without breaking the bank. This already includes the cake, the wine, and other essentials to make your wedding a day to remember. In some instances, a wedding consultant is also included. If you want less hassle on your destination wedding, choosing all-inclusive resorts is a good choice. You can also opt for all-inclusive cruises.
Whether to avoid large scale weddings at home, or to prevent from spending too much, destination weddings is always a chance to combine the sweetness of a ceremony to the fun of a vacation.
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