You’ve decided to tie the knot – now what? A destination wedding is something you’ve always envisioned. Ocean breezes blowing the billowing veil as you say pledge your love to one another or an elegant garden filled with candles with stars twinkling above – your wedding should be specific to your dreams. How can you make those dreams come true from another part of the world? You’re going to need help from great wedding planners.
Once you’ve picked out your ideal wedding locale overseas, the next step is figuring out how to plan a destination wedding miles away from home (and then take a few deep breaths). Throwing a destination wedding means you’re in for a much more intimate ceremony and can basically enjoy a two-for one wedding and honeymoon. But, before you jet off to a foreign land to marry your love, you have some important details to consider as you start planning a destinayi.
Destination weddings are the perfect way to gather your friends and family for your celebration. Getting fantastic venues and great caterers together can be tricky – especially when time differences, language barriers and cultures stand in the way. Most couples opt to hire someone local to their event – someone who will know the country and the culture intimately.
Whether it’s the cliffs of Jamaica, a high-tea wedding in England or you’re planning a wedding abroad, you want it to be perfect. Great wedding planners will have solid working relationships with the local vendors. The hassles of calling and interviewing DJ’s, caterers, setting up venues, finding chairs and tables – all of that will be taken off of your to-do list. Now, you and your espoused can focus on what matters – each other.
Couples who desire to marry in another country can face unforseen challenges. Local laws, international documentation of their wedding, and language complications can make a couple feel the urge to call off everything and elope. The right wedding planners will be able to navigate all of these problems, leaving the bride and groom with nothing to do but plan a happy life together.
Couples planning a destination wedding without the help of a consultant can work with a hotel’s concierge, wedding planner, or banquet planner. Do call an area’s Tourist Office to learn the legal requirements for marrying in the destination. Some Caribbean islands require residency prior to the ceremony plus proof of citizenship, completing several documents, and a nominal fee.
There are other things to consider with a destination wedding besides a perfect venue and fantastic food. What kind of entertainment will you provide for your guests? Is there going to be music and dancing? Balloons or fireworks? Do you want to have doves released to symbolize your love and commitment? Where will you even find doves in another country? These are all the things a couple must consider with a destination wedding. These are also the reasons it is so important to find great wedding planners.
Where will your family and friends stay for your wedding? If you choose a quaint little seaside town, there may not be a hotel nearby. Do your guests need passports or immunizations to travel to your destination wedding? How will you find out what the requirements are for Italy, Israel or Bora Bora?
Again the answer lies in choosing the perfect wedding planners. They will know what your guests will require for international travel. They will have relationships with local bed and breakfasts and even private homes where your guests can stay, relax and make new friends. A wedding planner focuses on every tiny detail so that couples don’t have to.
Weddings are stressful enough, the merging of two lives, two families. Take away as much stress as possible. Focus on how to make each other happy from day one. Leave the details and planning to the experts. Express your dream wedding – the destination, the colors, the food and entertainment and the budget – to the wedding planners. Then step back, take a deep breath and let them handle the details.
Your only focus should be on each other.