Destination weddings are fantasies come true. Many couples are opting to have a destination wedding because regular weddings require a big budget and unrest for weeks. You love the ocean and the beaches, but you live in a place where there are no beaches. Hawaii sounds like a good idea no? Go and have your ceremony at the beach and create unforgettable memories with your loved ones.
Now I suppose you need guidelines to make that happen…that’s what we are here for. There are things you need to consider before you send out your invitation cards to your guests.
CHOOSE THE LOCATION
Where you get married is a prime issue for a destination wedding. Complete research on the season and weather, better to avoid hurricanes. It will be wise to check out the availability of hotels and resorts around the preferred location in advance.
CHECK OUT MARRIAGE LICENSE
Different countries require varying marriage licenses. If your wedding is in a foreign country, you might want to know what documents or procedures are allowed. You don’t want to end up marrying at a courthouse at the last minute.
DRESS FOR THE DESTINATION
Picking a wedding dress is the most important choice a bride has to make. If you are going to have a tropical wedding, opt for a breezy and casual dress. Should you choose to have the wedding in a cold place, warm yourself with a shawl or a fur coat. The bottom line is, match your clothing with the theme of your wedding.
CONSIDER TRAVEL LOGISTICS
Make sure your chosen location is easily accessible through transport options, convenient for your guests. If the travel fares are extravagant, you might want to rethink the guest list or the location. Most destination weddings invite less than 50 guests, consisting mostly of immediate family and close friends.
THOUGHTS ON THE LITTLE GUESTS
Now that you have decided on a dream destination wedding, you have a responsibility of the guests, especially children. Plan activities to keep the kids entertained, as you know how easily they get bored. Keep in mind that if your wedding isn’t a welcoming place for children their parents might decline your invitation.
DECIDE ON THE MENU
When we visit a foreign place, the first thing we explore is their cuisine. Your guests will be expecting food that is signature of the location of the wedding. If you are having the reception somewhere in Paris, people will be hoping for a table laid with French bread, Onion soup and of course an assortment of fabulous wines.
CONSIDER A LOCAL PLANNER
When you hire a planner from that locality, you will have the advantage of dealing with reliable vendors and the freshest supplies. The location of your reception might have policies of providing their own planners, do check on that too.
PICK THE RIGHT HOTEL
Search for a branded hotel that rewards event bookings. For example, at the Hilton, you earn points for every catering, room bookings and event rentals, which may go up to 100,000 points. You can use these points for your honeymoon, and you can even enjoy complimentary offers. But before you decide, do an investigation on whether the hotel you are booking is eligible for rewarding points on booking.