While a destination wedding can be a magical way to start off your married life with your new spouse, the actual planning of this event may seem to some to be a bit overwhelming. In addition to all the traditional aspects of a wedding, a destination wedding often involves quite a bit of travel and expense on top of the average. Luckily, with a little forethought and some conscious planning, you can prepare for your destination wedding without any additional stress. To show you how, here are three tips for organizing your destination wedding.
Give Lots of Notice
Once you decide that you’re going to be throwing a destination wedding, you’re going to want to inform your guest as soon as possible. According to Yolanda Crous, a contributor to Brides.com, this is one of the biggest things to plan and take care of your for destination wedding. Without giving your guests ample notice for your event, they may not have the time to plan their own schedules around your wedding. In addition to potentially taking time off work or at least out of their normal routine, they also need to book flights or hotels and maybe even save up the money to afford this adventure. Knowing all of this, you should strive to give everyone as much notice as you can regarding the date of the event.
Make The Most Of Pre-Wedding Visits
If at all possible, it’s a great idea to visit the location for your destination wedding while you’re still in the planning phase. For some aspects of your wedding, it’s just going to be much easier if you can physically be in the location and take care of some of the items on your to-do list. But according to Martha Stewart Weddings, you have to actually make good use of your time on these visits rather than just treating it like a vacation. Try to meet with vendors, check out possible ceremony or reception sites, and find fun things for your guests to do in between wedding activities.
Know The Law
To ensure you leave your destination wedding actually legally married, you must research the law regarding marriages in that country. According to The Knot, different countries have different requirements for getting legally married there, including residency requirements. While some countries only require you to have been there for a day or two, others require weeks or more before you can legally get married. So before you get too far into your planning, make sure you account for these laws.
If you’re about to start planning a destination wedding, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you get organized and stay organized throughout the entire planning process.