A destination wedding can seem like the perfect idea when it comes to wedding planning time. You can have all of your closest friends and family in attendance and then already be in the place you want to honeymoon in. However, there are a few things you need to consider when planning a destination wedding to make sure that everyone is on board with the idea and understands what is going on.
Choosing The Location
The first thing you and your soon to be spouse needs to do is choose the destination. You can choose a popular holiday destination that you know everyone will love like Mexico or Hawaii. You can also branch out and choose an exotic location that you feel really encompasses who you and your partner are as a couple. This could be Tuscany in Italy or wine country in France. Just be sure to choose the place that speaks to you both.
Sending The Invitations
Destination weddings are expensive for all involved. This means that guests will need to know very far in advance to make sure they have enough funds to attend, can get any visas they need for international travel, or to simply say they cannot make it. Due to this, invitations should be sent out a minimum of eight months before the big day is set to happen with a year’s notice being the best. That way you can quickly see who will be attending and who won’t. It will make it much easier to plan for those that you know can make it and to then ask the special attendees to have key roles in the ceremony as a bridesmaid or groomsman. Everyone will need to plan for this big day and take the time off work.
Visit The Venue
If you have been to your venue of choice before that’s great but it is best to not book anything site unseen. It could mean that some issues arise on the wedding day which would be less than ideal. Try and see the venue ahead of time and go on a fact-finding mission. This will help you to answer your guests’ questions, know what amenities are available, and plan for any extra costs.
Going to another country to get married is very exciting but if you don’t do your research you may just find that you are not eligible to get married there. To avoid this you definitely want to check out local marriage requirements to see if you need to get married in your home country first and then have the ceremony there. At the end of the day, you want to leave married!