Planning A Destination Wedding
You’ve found your dream destination and you can almost feel the sand between your toes. For many couples, combining their wedding and honeymoon in one is the dream option for their big day.
With UK weddings coming in at an average of £25k+, travelling abroad with the promise of guaranteed weather, beautiful sunsets and that full-on holiday feeling makes financial sense as well as being a lovely treat for your guests.
Follow our top ten tips to make sure you plan your destination wedding to perfection!
1. Choose the perfect location
As well as being a dreamy destination with wonderful views and amazing Instagram credentials your venue needs to deliver on a whole host of practicalities.
That gorgeous, Mamma Mia. Style beach town where you spent all your childhood summers just won’t work if it only has one hotel that can’t accommodate all your guests.
2. Get your ‘Save The Dates’ out early
This is one of the most important destination wedding tips. It’s important to give your nearest and dearest have plenty of time to calculate if they can afford the cost of travelling to your ceremony and reception and give them a flavour of what’s to come.
3. Think Local, Save Big
Embrace the local scenery, food and foliage and slash your budget significantly. Using local blooms, booze and food options can really save the pennies and will make your big day much more authentic.
4. Offer your guests options
Do your research and offer your guests a range of price options when it comes to accommodation. Sticking everyone in one reasonably priced hotel is not the best move – guests like different types of accommodation from villas and apartments to luxury hotels; let them make the decision of where to stay and what to spend
5. Hire a planner
Although only about 20% of UK couples normally appoint a planner its an essential role for a destination wedding. Using someone with local connections who can negotiate, organise and make decisions on your behalf – without any language barrier issues is an absolute must.
6. Visit in advance
Ideally, you’d see your venue once before booking and again three to four months before the wedding to finalise details. If a second trip’s not possible, arrive at least five days early to make those last minute decisions and ideally have a hair and make-up trial!
7. Pick your suppliers in person
In advance of your first site visit, set up meetings with the better-known florists and rental companies in your destination. But also ask for referrals from your venue and planner on the ground; you might uncover local talent you didn’t know about.
8. Stuff that suitcase
If you are not shipping items ahead of the big day, booking an extra (couple) of cases on to your trip is a great idea. You can stuff these will all your personal touches from guest books to linen and just about everything in between.
9. DO NOT CHECK YOUR DRESS IN!
Keep it as cabin baggage so it is with you all the time, even if that means getting it steamed at destination.
10. Choose the right dress
Think about the theme, the backdrop and most of all the likely weather on your big day. Being trussed up in super-sweaty fabric or drowning in underskirts has the potential to spoil a wedding in the sun – and don’t get too sunburnt beforehand!