Destination weddings are quite common in recent years. They are mostly favored by couples who, instead of having the traditional ceremony in church, choose to hold their nuptials in a more exotic location far, far away. But why not? If you can afford to travel to the great lakes or tallest mountain in the world and bring your family to celebrate your wedding, nothing should come in your way.
Remember though, destination weddings come with their fair share of challenges. For starters, only your closest friends and family members are likely to show up. Secondly, these weddings require extra planning because traveling to a long distance location to hold a wedding comes with its challenges.
With this in mind, the following tips will come in handy when planning a destination wedding.
- Choose the ideal destination
The destination you choose will depend on many factors among them, the size of your guest list, your budget and the date of your wedding. If you have a large guest list then you can choose a location that is easily accessible.
- Plan early
Early planning is important when it comes to destination weddings because a lot can go wrong. If you are traveling abroad you need to plan for your guests and family members. Plan for where they’ll stay airport and hotel bookings and any other important details.
- Choose a location that doubles up as a honeymoon destination
One of the best ways to save cash is by choosing a destination that is also ideal for your honeymoon. You wouldn’t have to rush to the honeymoon location post-ceremony.
- Hire a wedding planner
There are people who are qualified and trained to plan destination weddings. In addition to helping you plan a fun filled occasion, the wedding planner will also give you great ideas that work for your unique needs.
- Choose a reasonable budget
Destination weddings don’t have to be expensive for your guests. For instance, you can choose a location with several accommodation options which have varying prices.
- Use reputable wedding vendors
Don’t make any mistakes when hiring wedding vendors. Make sure you get a trustworthy team of caterers, photographers, DJs and florists to avoid disappointments in an unknown location.
- Check the legal requirements
Make sure you know the local marriage requirements of the wedding locale you’ll be traveling to. Make sure you apply for the necessary travel documentation well in advance and let your guests know so that they can also make the required arrangements.