Everyday, more and more couples are choosing destination weddings, instead of a traditional ones. That’s because –in addition to having a spectacular surroundings for the big day– you can also opt to roll the destination wedding and honeymoon into one. Destination wedding planning could be a little harder than a traditional one so, we prepare some tips for you to leave all stress behind and get you relaxed.
The first thing you need to do is… booking.
After you pick a date and a venue you have to follow with all travel and hotel accommodations. Either with or without a professional coordinator, consider keeping all your guests in the same place so you can receive the benefits of a group package or a discounted rate for booking a block of rooms. This second step should be done right around when you send out the “save the dates”.
A good practice to book the best flights would be to set price alerts on the flights you are interested in, so that you have a good general idea of what a typical airfare will cost.
When and how to send invitations.
One of the main features of a destination wedding is the small guest list (only your closest and most important friends and family members make the cut) but even though you know these people will almost definitely attend, it’s still wise to follow proper wedding invitation etiquette.
Traditionally, “save the date” notifications are sent out about six to eight months before your big day. Sending them out even earlier than normal (about nine months to a year in advance) will let your guests to clear out a few extra days, in order to attend your wedding. Also, they’ll have enough time to save up a little extra money and vacation time so that they can enjoy your destination wedding with you. Remember your guests will be paying for their own travel and hotel accommodations, so you will need to inform them on this.
The actual wedding invitation can be sent about three to four months before the date, so that your guests have time to finalize their travel arrangements.
Destination wedding etiquette.
Guest attire is another thing that strays from the norm in a destination wedding. A good way to ensure all your guests pack the proper attire for your destination wedding is to include your expectations on the invitations.
Legal advice considerations.
If you and your significant other are not citizens at destination country, most civil ceremonies require you to have the following to make sure that your marriage is legally recognized back home:
• Completed marriage request form.
• Birth certificates translated into local language.
• Valid passports and tourist cards.
• Prenupcial certificate.
• Official ID’s of witnesses.
Remember to do a packing list.
Regardless of where you are planning your destination wedding, check the weather for the dates you are going to be there so that you can pack accordingly.
Here is a basic packing list for a typical beach wedding: passport, wedding attire, bathing suits, beach cover-ups, sunglasses, hats, sunscreen and sandals.
Communication is key.
Make sure you are open and communicative with your wedding planner so that you are all on the same page about planning dates, timelines, costs, events and attire. If you all have the same understanding of these things, your destination wedding will be a success.
Isla Pasión has specialized wedding planners that could make all your destination wedding planning easier. Contact us, let us help you and wait for your BIG DAY to be like a dream.