If you've always imagined exchanging your vows in a far-flung locale, knowing what goes into organizing a destination wedding is essential.
If you've always imagined exchanging your vows on a beach, in a vineyard, or on top of a mountain surrounded by your closest friends and family, then you'll need to know how to organize a destination wedding. We have all the facts you need to plan a wedding anywhere in the world, whether in the Caribbean, Europe, or another area of Vegas.
Below are some of the most significant things to remember while organizing a wedding in a distant location.
Get the balls rolling on the preparations right away!
You'll have a lot on your plate between organizing the wedding and getting ready for your vacation (don't forget to renew your passports!). And it's not reasonable to assume that your loved ones will up and depart at the drop of a hat. The bride and groom and their guests need to set aside some time to organize travel arrangements and lodging accommodations for a wedding in a remote location. You should send out the destination wedding invites at least three months in advance and the save-the-date cards as soon as possible since your guests will need plenty of time to arrange for time off work and make financial arrangements.
It's all about where you put things
You thought it would be hard to choose a location, did you? Ignore this advice until you're faced with picking a venue for a wedding that will take place far from home. It's like being given the keys to the planet; you can do whatever you want with them. Wedding on the beach is still the most common, but many more possibilities exist. Do you want to have your wedding in a small Italian town? Could you do it? How about a Vegas-based vineyard instead? If you put your mind to it, you can achieve your goal. Consider how many people you want to invite, how much it will cost, and where they are coming from to help you decide. Consider the season, time zone, and current exchange rate while planning.
Find a reliable wedding destination planner
If possible, choose a wedding coordinator with experience with destination weddings in all-inclusive venues. Then, you may rest easy knowing they will have all the information you need to get your affairs in order before leaving the country. In addition, many hotels provide full-service wedding planning as part of their dream Vegas wedding packages all inclusive or might recommend a local wedding planner.
Remote Work Option
It would be fantastic if we could pause our lives for a few months and go shopping for Ibiza tablecloths and flowers, but who has the time or resources to do that? So instead, put the internet to work for you by visiting sites like Pinterest to find international vendors. Learn more about how to arrange an out-of-town wedding here.
Follow the guidelines set out
Verify the legality of holding a wedding there after you've decided on a site. The Vegas government suggests that anybody getting married outside of Vegas get in touch with the local embassy or consulate to ensure no unpleasant surprises await them when they arrive. It would help if you started thinking about getting more papers and maybe having some translated early on. We provide all the information you need to get married in Vegas, even if you're getting married in another province.
Important decisions must be made quickly
Check when the weather is expected to be the best at your wedding location to avoid scheduling your big day during "storm season."
Get a taste of it
Please don't base your decision on professional resort images; instead, take a trip there before the big day to ensure it's all you imagined.
Reducing expenses when possible
It's well-known that weddings in exotic locations may break the bank. There are, however, ways to save costs that are worth considering. Use Hopper to find the cheapest time to fly to your location, or see a travel agent about affordable vacation and all-inclusive wedding packages. You may also want to inquire about the group rates offered by hotels and resorts.
Maintain some financial flexibility in the planning of your wedding
Regarding cash, you'll need some leeway in the wedding budget. Of course, you shouldn't go crazy with your spending and should set limits, but keep in mind that circumstances and prices might shift. For example, consider footing the money for your maid of honor's trip if she can't afford it. Read our piece on who should pay for what in a destination wedding for expert advice.
To aid one's loved ones
While it is true that your wedding is the center of attention, remember that your guests have paid good money to be there. Use your wedding website to inform guests about what they should bring (based on the events they'll be participating in), what the forecast calls for, where people can meet up, and what treats you've left in their rooms. Then, send them on vacation.
Embrace the proper attire by accepting the invitation
Even if a tulle-layered ball gown or a three-piece suit is what you've had your heart set on, it may not be practical for a destination wedding. Think about how it will feel on the big day and how it will hold up on the aircraft travel. When planning a wedding by the ocean, you must consult your stylist about what to expect from a beach destination wedding dress. WEDDINGS AS THE FIRST TRIP DESTINATION
Keep your home's décor to a minimum
You may have spent days researching the ideal do-it-yourself wedding decorations. Still, the last thing you want to do is tote around some extra materials (sorry, Etsy and Pinterest fans, destination weddings may not be for you). So instead, you may minimize the number of extras you carry by being selective about where you go.
The most challenging advice is to roll with the punches; unexpected events will likely disrupt your plans, but you should stay calm and collected despite this. Even if preparations have begun before your aircraft lands, you won't be able to handle everything (which they will be).
The event will last many days, so plan accordingly
Your primary focus should be on the ceremony and reception, but you and your guests will probably spend more time at the location than just for the wedding. Organize a welcome party, group dinners, and outings to keep the festivities lively and engaging.
Plan a double holiday by including your destination in your honeymoon plans
It's pretty evident that if you spend the money to go overseas for your honeymoon, you may as well spend it there. However, to spend quality time with your new husband after the reception has ended, it's a good idea to go to a private room, a different resort, or an Airbnb.
Have a second party at your own house
Not everyone on your guest list can attend your destination wedding. So have a celebration before or after you return to make sure no one is left out.