Do want to get hitched in Bali, Europe, or somewhere in the Caribbean maybe?
Planning a wedding from afar can be the most exciting and difficult thing at the same time. Just like putting together a regular wedding, a destination wedding is not free from setbacks. The location has to be perfect, the guest list needs to be well thought out, the food has to be fantastic, the entourage should look picture-perfect, and so on and so forth.
A destination wedding is a dream for many. Who wouldn’t love to be wed in a tropical island or a castle in Italy, fly out your guests to a place they’ve never been to, and say your “I dos” in a romantic and intimate ceremony?
Assembling a destination wedding doesn’t have to be excruciating. Here are our best tips on how to plan a destination wedding that you and your guests will never forget.
Pick the right location
Your wedding destination has to be meaningful and it should be functional at the same time. Your favourite summer destination when you were a kid won’t work if the beach only has one hotel and it won’t be able to accommodate all your guests. Keep in mind that your destination must be wedding ready and has all the resources you need to put together a wedding.
Tell guests ahead of time
This is probably one of the most important tips when planning a destination wedding. Your guests have to consider their schedule and make adjustments so they can come. If they don’t have enough time to prepare, you risk not getting them to come on board. Guests also need to factor in the money they need to set aside to cover their travel expenses if the groom and bride will only cover the accommodation or vice versa.
Set a budget and stick to it
If you need to slash your decoration budget and swap roses for local blooms like olive branches and grape leaves in Tuscany and serve local specialties at the wedding reception like banana fritters and the Bahamas or carnitas in Cabo, to reduce catering costs, you have to compromise to avoid going over budget.
Consider your guests
Do your best to put every guest in one reasonably affordable hotel. It doesn’t have to be five stars, it can be a quaint boutique hotel in a less expensive area that is 10 minutes away from the actual wedding venue. Don’t announce the date until you’re sure you can accommodate everyone on your guest list.
Hire a professional wedding planner
This bit is very important. Hire a pro! Make sure that you hire a planner or coordinator that specializes in destination weddings. When you do this, you know that instead of spending hours on phone calls trying to overcome language barriers, talking to vendors, your wedding photographer, or making decisions about wedding details from miles away, you have a person you can trust to manage it all for you.
Looking for a destination wedding photographer?
Pepper Image is a creative studio based in Sydney. We specialize in three things and we are very good at them – wedding photography, bridal photography, and engagement photography. Contact us today to know more about our services and pricing.