If you have a passion for travelling, then you might decide that planning a destination wedding is for you. There’s just something more exciting about sipping cocktails on a tropical beach than in the UK, right?
Your wedding is meant to be the most amazing day or your life, so it’s important that you plan the perfect wedding. If planning the perfect wedding includes flying halfway around the globe, then you are in the right place.
To help you organise the perfect destination wedding, we have put together some handy planning tips, below:
Decide on a destination
The first thing you need to do is choose the destination of your wedding. Ask yourself if you could pick anywhere in the world to get married, where would it be. Perhaps you could revisit somewhere you have been on holiday, or maybe there is somewhere you have both always wanted to go?
Whether getting married in Bali, Hawaii or Venice appeals to you, it doesn’t matter, just as long as you choose a location you love.
Look at the flight options
Once you have chosen the destination of your wedding, the next step is to look at the flight options. Are flights affordable? If not, it’s important to realise that not everyone will be able to attend.
Look at where most of your friends and family will be travelling from and check whether they can get a direct flight. Look at how long each flight takes, and whether there are adequate flights to get everyone to your wedding on time.
Check the climate
When planning a destination wedding, you will find that dates in autumn and spring are cheaper. This is because these months tend to be cooler, and so, are less popular. However, if you fancy a warm wedding, make sure to choose a date that guarantees you sunshine.
If you are happy to get married out of season, just make sure to be aware of how warm you can expect the temperature to be. There’s nothing worse than being too hot or too cold on your wedding day, so it’s worth checking in advance.
It’s a good idea that you make plans to visit your chosen destination beforehand, so that you can get to know the area. Although visiting beforehand is an extra cost, it will allow you to check out all the best hotels, restaurants and bars.
Once you have chosen a hotel for your stay, find out what their minimum stay length is. In some resorts, hotels will only offer accommodation to guests staying longer than two nights. If this is the case, look for hotels or guesthouses that allow stays of any length.
The key to planning a successful destination wedding is organisation. With so many things to think about, from flights and accommodation to where you will celebrate, it’s far too easy to get in a muddle.
From the start, ensure that you are organised with your planning. Use files and notebooks to keep track of everything, and make sure that every last detail is taken care of. The last thing you want is to arrive at your destination, only to find that no one has picked up your wedding dress – disaster!
If getting married abroad is what you want, then planning a destination wedding is ideal. However, it’s important to take into account your guests when planning, ensuring that they can afford to come.
The key to planning a successful destination wedding is planning.The more prepared you are, the better.