Though they can take a lot of extra planning and consideration, destination weddings can be amazing, beautiful and extraordinary. Here are five tips for planning your dream destination wedding:
1. Research and plan your destination and book well in advance to ensure your first choice of resort or hotel. Many places will allow you to reserve a block of rooms at a discounted rate for guests. Make sure guests have plenty of time to obtain passports if traveling abroad, schedule vacation time from work and book airfare and make travel arrangements. Make sure you give guests plenty of time to make arrangements so they don’t miss out on your big day!
2. Consider combining your destination wedding and honeymoon to save money! You’re likely already traveling to a romantic getaway for the wedding ceremony itself. Why not extend your stay and honeymoon there too? Your friends and family may want to consider making a vacation of the trip also, combining the trip to your wedding with a few extra days afterwards to save themselves cash on a vacation at another time during the year. Also consider a cruise for these same reasons.
3. Research seasonal weather patterns for the destination of your choice. You wouldn’t want to get caught up in a hurricane in the middle of the Caribbean! However, if it is important to you to get married during hurricane season, it is a good idea to buy travel insurance, because it is better to postpone a trip for a few weeks rather than cancel it altogether. Just remember that no matter how prepared you are, weather predictions are never completely reliable, so try to be as flexible as you possibly can!
4. Be sure to research local marriage requirements and laws thoroughly before settling on a location. Every country has its own individual requirements for legal marriage, including witnesses, license applications, blood tests, proof of immunization and residency requirements. You don’t want to get everything planned out, only to arrive and find that you don’t have the appropriate paperwork or immunizations.
5. Consider hiring a qualified and reputable destination wedding consultation. They will have experience in all the tiny details covered here and many, many more. They will have the resources to get the job done much more quickly and easily, and take so much stress off the bride-to-be. They are often very familiar with the local marriage laws and requirements, contacts in the industry, as well as new and innovative ideas the bride-to-be may never have even thought of!