Planning a destination wedding can feel like a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be! With a little advice and direction, you will be relaxing and dreaming of your destination wedding as your wedding plans come together seamlessly.
Hire a local wedding planner.
Hiring a local planner not only gives you access to all the best vendors in your destination of choice, but they are experts at planning a wedding at your desired location. Having a planner for your wedding reduces your stress and allows you to focus your efforts elsewhere. On the day of your wedding you will not only be able to enjoy your celebration, but you can leave any worries back home while you enjoy the company of your guests. >>more on recommended wedding planners.
Choose a meaningful location.
Ask yourself where you envision your wedding and why? What do you want your wedding to look like, but more importantly what do you want it to feel like? Choosing a destination can feel overwhelming, but if you look to destinations that fit you as a couple you can't go wrong. If you and your fiance' have memories in a particular place, consider having your wedding in that location to make your celebration that much more memorable. If you two plan to honeymoon somewhere, consider having your wedding in the same area or a close plane ride from it. >>more on recommended destination wedding locations.
Consider your guests.
Give your guests plenty of time to work with their individual work and family schedules. Send out your save the dates as soon as possible so that they can ask time off of work and block out dates for your wedding. Plane tickets can hike during certain times of the year, so allowing your guess plenty of time to book flights will reduce their stress and allow them to look forward to your celebration. Creating a list of hotels for your guests is also appreciated. Talk with your local wedding planner to create a diverse list of options for them to choose from. Creating a list of fun things to do in the area will also allow your guest to enjoy their time in your destination of choice before or after your celebration gets underway.
Hire a photographer you love and likes to travel.
Local wedding planners generally will have a preferred list of local wedding photographers, however they may or may not be the best choice for your wedding day. Hiring a photographer is an important decision so you shouldn't feel locked in to only a small list of options. HIre a photographer who you feel not only loves to travel, but feels like a guest at your wedding. >>more on why you should hire Shaunte' Dittmar Photography as your destination wedding photographer.
Visit your location before your wedding.
Booking a trip to your destination of choice before your wedding is highly recommended. From venue visits to vendor visits, locking in your plans and meeting your vendors and planner in person will lift much of the weight and stress off your shoulders. On a side note, knowing your way around your destination location will also make it easier on you when you travel there for your wedding.
Time your destination wedding.
Mother Nature can have a mind of it's own, but if you research the right times to visit your destination of choice, you can eliminate any possible weather changes that may interrupt your day.
Research local marriage requirements.
Cross your T's and dot your I's when it comes to your wedding. Besides making sure that your passports are up to date, make sure you have all the legal marriage documents and requirements before traveling to your destination.
Make your wedding weekend fun for you and your guests.
When planning your destination wedding, your celebration doesn't have to just be one day. Plan a multi-day wedding for your guests. Plan a welcoming party in addition to your dress rehearsal. This allows for your guests who will not be at the rehearsal to see you before your wedding day in a more relaxed environment. Make sure to hire your photographer for multiple days to capture these timeless moments.