For adventure-seekers and enthusiastic travelers, destination weddings offer unbeatable views that traditional wedding venues can’t. However, this once-in-a-lifetime experience needs proper planning and attention to detail.
Planning a wedding is stressful, and planning a destination wedding is even more overwhelming. There are so many things that you have to consider to make your dream wedding perfect. It may seem that destination weddings are not for the faint-hearted, but with a proactive approach, couples can nail the planning process.
To make this process easier, Crystal Ballroom has drafted a guide to help couples plan their wedding ceremonies with great ease. Below is a checklist that can help you plan the perfect destination wedding.
The first thing that couples need to know is that destination weddings don’t mean you have to fly internationally to have your ceremony. If you are living in the US, you can have a destination wedding at a venue that is closer to the city you are in. If you are low on budget but want to have a destination wedding, search for local options that can best serve the purpose.
If you cannot find the perfect venue in your home country, it’s best to plan an international wedding. Here, you ought to consider how far you’re traveling from your country. The farther the place, the costlier the tickets. So, decide wisely. You shouldn’t exhaust all your wedding budget on tickets and accommodation.
After deciding the venue, and before doing anything else, send invites to your guests. Like you, your guests have to make arrangements for their travel. They have to apply for a visa (if needed), get their medical checkups done, buy travel insurance, and save up for the trip. With early invites, ideally six to eight weeks before the wedding, your guests will have ample time to make the necessary arrangements.
Cultural differences and language barriers can negatively affect your celebrations. It is better to carry out extensive research to learn about the local laws and culture of the place you’re planning your wedding in. For example, you should know what’s the tipping culture in the country of your choice or the kind of dresses you can wear when going out and exploring the place. In the age of the internet, you can easily connect with a local on a travel forum.
Weddings are expensive and many couples drain their bank accounts to plan the perfect dream wedding. Naturally, international weddings are a bit more expensive than the ones celebrated at a traditional venue. When you are visiting a foreign country, the exchange rate of the country might not be in your favor. It is better if you buy everything from your home country (even the basic things like toilet paper) so that you don’t have to spend your precious savings on unnecessary items.
Many couples don’t plan a honeymoon if they opt for international weddings. This is because they feel that the wedding itself offers an unbeatable experience. However, there’s a lot more to honeymoon than getting your pictures clicked at an exotic place. It is about spending some quality time with your partner. So, make sure you and your spouse go on a romantic trip after exchange your vows.