Some people want to get married in their home town, and others want to travel as far away as possible. If a destination wedding is your ideal for the special day, then you have a lot of planning ahead of you. Here are a few tips to make sure your destination wedding goes off flawlessly!
1. Give your guests plenty of notice.
Planning to attend a destination wedding is a lot harder than planning to attend one across town. Make sure you let your guests know of your plans as far in advance as possible. A good way to do this is with save-the-date cards. Send them out as soon as you have a date for your destination wedding. Six months' notice is good—one year is even better. Keep in mind, also, that some guests will not be able to attend. Be understanding when you get "no" responses on the RSVP cards.
2. Look for affordable accommodations for your guests.
You and your soon-to-be spouse may want to stay in a posh hotel for $600 a night, but your guests will probably prefer something more affordable. So, look for more affordable hotels near the hotel where you plan to stay. Contact them to set aside a block of rooms for your wedding guests. Let your guests know that the rooms are available, and give them an estimate of the price so they know what to expect and whether they can afford it.
3. Look into international marriage requirements.
Getting married internationally can be difficult. Every country has its own regulations, so contact your wedding venue to find out what they may be. Some couples find that it is easier to get married in the courthouse at home and then have a second ceremony at the destination wedding. Nobody has to know you are already married unless you tell them—but you save yourself the hassle of having to navigate international marriage laws.
4. Choose apparel that works for your destination.
Make sure you keep your destination in mind when choosing what to wear for the wedding. For example, you probably don't want to wear a full gown with sixteen layers of lace and taffeta if you're getting married on a beach. Similarly, a short, casual dress is not the most appropriate if you're getting married in a grand castle. Aim for something that is not only comfortable in the destination's climate but is also suitable to the ambiance of the place.
5. Bring your important items in a carry-on.
Arriving to your destination wedding and finding that your bags which contained your wedding dress and other essentials were lost by the airport is terrible. Choose wedding attire that you can easily pack in a carry-on bag, and carry it on. Anything that is replaceable, like hygiene items and clothing for everyday wear, is okay to check. But must-haves for the wedding need to be with you on the plane.
6. Read reviews very carefully.
When you get married overseas, you can't afford to visit every vendor you hire in person. So, you need to be very reliant on reviews to make sure you hire reputable companies. Be wary of negative reviews. One or two are nothing to sneeze at, especially if they seem irrational. But a lot of negative reviews do not compensate for a low price or convenience. You don't want to show up to your wedding and find that the flowers don't match or the caterer didn't prepare enough food.
If you follow the tips above, you'll be set for a beautiful, destination wedding. Congratulations, and enjoy your life together. For more information, contact companies like Georgios Banquets, Quality Inn & Suites Conference Centre.Share