Many people dream of a destination wedding, and while it can be something that can make a wedding day different, there is also a lot more to consider. Planning a wedding is already quite the task to master, and adding in a different country to the equation can add some tension to an already taut rope.
To help make a destination wedding a success, here are some tips to help you get off on the right track. Let’s get into it.
Check the Weather
The weather at your chosen location will need to be suitable for both you and your guests, and if it is likely to be extreme weather during the day, it is important to be prepared. Hot or cold weather is one thing, but it is best to choose somewhere else if your destination is likely to have weather warnings or extreme conditions. A tsunami or a monsoon will not be a guest that’s welcome.
Consider the age of your guests too. If you have seniors or young children that are going to be part of your special day, then hot weather could be an issue.
The best weather will most likely be in off-peak season, which can work well for prices; and try and choose a glorious venue that will work no matter what the weather decides to do! Take a look at historic locations for wedding receptions for some inspiration.
Find out about Legalities
Each country will have different laws for marriage, and it is imperative that you know exactly what you need to have in order and what is required of you to have an official marriage license.
Top Tip – If you are not able to obtain a wedding license, or the laws prevent you from having the wedding you want – many people will go abroad for the ceremony and the reception. Still, they will keep the legalities back for their hometown. This can be a useful compromise if you are faced with difficulties.
Order and Wedding Proceedings
Different countries work differently, so you must familiarize yourself with the general proceedings to make the day run smoothly. For example, in Italy, it is common for weddings to start in the late afternoon and run right into the evening. In contrast, in Venezuela, couples traditionally leave before the end of the reception!
It is up to you how authentic you want your destination wedding to be to the culture, but if anything, it is important to know how to book catering, bands, and other essentials due to opening and operating times.
Keep it Low Cost
If you have all of the money in the world to fly out all of your guests and pay for their accommodation, then you do you. If you are hoping that your friends and family will be able to fork out to see you profess your love, then keeping the costs down as much as possible will be essential. Disposable income is a luxury, so if people can’t make it, be understanding.
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