A destination wedding sounds like the most wonderful, romantic idea – until you get to planning one! Good news – you don’t have to be Kim and Kanye to pull off far-flung nuptials with grace. Here are four tips to make sure your destination wedding is smooth sailing and that you get hitched–without a hitch.
1. Take the time to plan
Online resources such as Bridal Guide or even Pinterest can be of great help with planning. Still, oohing and aahing over the beautiful dresses, decorations, and locations featured on these sites will be time-consuming and you will need to come up with your own plan. We recommend setting a schedule – investigating resources and putting together a realistic timeline will in the long run save you time and ensure you have the wedding of your dreams. The Knot has a very helpful template, and we also like Real Simple’s checklist. We recommend you get started at least 5 months in advance.
Also contact entities and resources from your wedding location that can provide information about local requirements such as vaccines, safety and transportation. Gathering all the information ahead of the date will allow you to communicate it to your guests with plenty of time for them to also get ready.
2. Say more than “I do.” Keep everyone up-to-date on the big day.
Your guests are an important part of your wedding! Setting up a website to keep your guests informed of the details is a very effective step to achieving your ultimate wedding and an idea that your guests will adore you for. You can post all the information that they will need, such as dress code, event times, directions, addresses, transportation and so forth. Some of our favorite free options include Google for Weddings and mywedding.com.
3. Ship it before you ship off
Save your luggage space for the fun stuff, and avoid the risk of having to find supplies in an exotic location—ship it! And, the Slice app will help you cut the shipping drama, by helping you track all those shipments and alert you when they have been delivered to your destination—no matter where you are.
4. Call in professional help
If the prospect of planning a major event such as a destination wedding overwhelms you or if you’re just too busy to undertake the search, don’t despair! There are agencies and independent contractors that can handle the details while keeping your budget under control, like destinationweddings.com, Luxe Destination Weddings or Liberty Travel.
Above all, enjoy the process—this is supposed to be the happiest time of your life!