Destination weddings are one of the big trends in weddings recently, and it’s easy to see why. Saying “I do” on a beautiful Caribbean island, while standing on powdery white sand and with perfect turquoise waters behind: what could be more beautiful on your wedding day?
However, if you do decide to have a destination wedding, this means you’ll need to plan your wedding from overseas. Planning a wedding is a lot of work, and arranging one from abroad comes with its own unique challenges.
In this article, we’ll look at how you can arrange a wedding from abroad in order to plan your destination wedding with a minimum amount of stress and the maximum amount of success!
1. Visit Your Destination in Advance
One of the key parts in planning a destination wedding successfully is knowing the location very well. This may be a place you’ve been many times before. If not, you’ll want to visit the destination at least once ahead of the wedding date in order to get to know the location very well. This is important in all scenarios, as this is your opportunity to visit venues, meet with vendors, and start to make arrangements. Having met with key people first will make it easier to continue to make arrangements with them over the phone or via email.
2. Choose Your Location Well
It’s also critical that you choose an appropriate location for your big day. Some destinations are better left for travel than destination weddings. A great wedding location is made up of much more than a beautiful paradise! You also need to consider practical and logistic factors that are important to making your special day a success. For example, are there suitable wedding and reception venues at the destination? Will there be enough, appropriate accommodations to house all your guests? How difficult and/or expensive will it be for your guests to travel there?
3. Set Your Date Well in Advance
With destination weddings, you’ll want to confirm plans and inform everybody well in advance – with more notice than you would with a regular wedding. This is because your guests (and wedding party) will need plenty of time to save money, request time off work, book flights, arrange childcare, and so on. Be sure to send out full details of the wedding at least four months ahead of the wedding date.
4. Choose Your Date Well
When setting your wedding date, you’ll have a few extra considerations to keep in mind. Know that seasons can be different across the globe, and even postcard-perfect tropical islands have rainy seasons. Research the weather for your destination, and also consider the high season and low season. During high season, venues and accommodations can be more expensive or booked out completely. Low season is low for a reason, so “shoulder season” (the period just before and/or just after high season) is often the best choice.
5. Give Your Guests as Much Info as Possible
When sending out wedding invitations, be sure to include as much information about the destination as possible. Include a handy info sheet that contains everything your guests need to know: how to get to the destination, where to stay, the predicted weather, what to pack and vaccination requirements, if applicable. Overseas travel can be intimidating for some people, particularly if they are not widely traveled, so this kind of information will allow your guests to relax and focus on enjoying your special day with you.
6. Set Up Legal Considerations
Remember that laws relating to marriage vary from country to country. Therefore, in order to make sure that your nuptials will be legal, be sure to consult with a lawyer. Seek advice from a lawyer in the destination country, to find out if there are any specific requirements you’ll need to meet in order to make your marriage legal. It’s also a good idea to consult with a lawyer in your own country in case you need to do something special in order for your marriage to be recognized once you return to back home.
7. DIY Your Decorations
Transporting large amounts of decorations with you can be a lot of extra work, so a good option is to bring some basic materials and make your own decorations for the ceremony, the reception venue, or both. There’s a range of simple DIY ideas for wedding decorations that you can do yourself with felt fabric and other basic supplies. Do some research online for ideas, then easily throw something together in the few days before the wedding.
*Blog article courtesy of Dalston Mill Fabrics