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Tips for Planning a Destination Wedding

By Lynn Wheatley

Is a destination wedding in your future? Here are a few tips to make your destination wedding planning a breeze! 

Plan early

Popular destination venues book fast—plan early to ensure you get your desired dates. Then, send out your save-the-dates as early as possible, preferably about a year in advance. You need to give guests time to book their flights and apply for passports if your destination requires it.  

Check legal requirements

Many popular countries for destination weddings require residency for a certain time to marry legally. Ensure you research and understand legal requirements for marriage before you tie the knot overseas. You might consider having a destination wedding, then making it legal when you return home.  

Take a trip

If it is possible, then take a trip to where you wish to marry. Take the time to scope out venues, hotels for your guests, restaurants, caterers and florists. In person is the best way to get a feel for your destination wedding. Plus, it’ll be a great time for you and your fiancé to get away before all the stress of wedding planning truly begins!  

Be aware of the culture

Micromanaging your wedding planning might not be possible from afar. Be aware of the culture. Island vendors will be more laid back—a deadline probably isn’t in their vocabulary. Just be careful as you interact with vendors in other countries; talk to them on their terms.   

Schedule carefully

Weather isn’t perfect year round. Hurricane season may not be the best time for a beach wedding in the Caribbean; winter months may be too icy for Northern destinations. Climate will determine a lot about your wedding. Be sure to research average temperatures and rainfalls before setting a date. 

Consider an at-home reception

For family and friends who can’t make the trip, consider having a reception back home. You can make this a relaxed party or a formal affair. For a dose of inspiration, see the below photos of a reception for a destination wedding Lasting Impressions planned. 

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Many venues will provide a wedding coordinator, but consider hiring a wedding planner. It’s hard enough to plan a wedding when you can meet face-to-face every vendor. Planning a destination wedding has a unique set of challenges. An experienced wedding planner can navigate those unfamiliar waters on your behalf.

We hope these tips for planning a destination wedding help you create your dream day. I invite you to give us a call today, we'll work to ensure your wedding is as unique as you are. 

tips for planning a destination wedding

tips for planning a destination wedding

tips for planning a destination wedding

tips for planning a destination wedding


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