Planning your wedding is both an exciting and daunting experience. You want it to be everything you had hoped for without feeling too stressed out. Some of the best advice we have learned here at GDW is be prepared and plan, so, here is a list of things to consider when choosing your destination wedding location.
1. Research is key. You can never have too much information for your big day and it’s essential to know all the details. Find out what the country is like, ask people who have been there for their tips and speak to travel agents if necessary.
2. What is your budget? While the idea of a fairytale wedding on a beautiful remote island is idyll, you have to consider which destination is appropriate for your finances and your guests. It’s important to consider not only your wallet, but your friends and family too. You want to enjoy your special day without needing to cut up the credit cards.
3. Understand the legal and travel requirements for your destination wedding. Always be sure about what the conditions are for your country and where you are getting married. What documentation will you need? Do you need vaccinations? Contact their embassy or consulate for clarity if you’re unsure.
4. Will you be combining your wedding and honeymoon? Sometimes this is the best option – it can save you money and time. Since you’re already travelling the distance, why not stay and enjoy it in wedded bliss? It could be the best of both worlds and make planning a lot easier.
5. You may want to consider hiring a wedding planner where your destination wedding will take place. They will have a greater understanding of the location, they will have legitimate contacts and will speak the language if necessary. As you know, there is a lot of organising that goes into this, and sometimes extra help is necessary to create the smoothest, stress-free day possible.
6. Climate. This is an often overlooked factor when couples are choosing their wedding destination. You will need to decide if you’re having a summer beachside affair or creating a winter wonderland. This is all dependent on where you are and when your wedding is so as you know, research is key.
Words: Alanah Boxall