Destination weddings are rising in popularity and I couldn’t be happier. Let’s face it, they allow us to combine our two favourite loves; great weddings and travel. If you’re planning to have a destination wedding of your own, then here’s a quick low down on some of the things you need to consider to ensure you and your guests have a great time.
1. Hire a wedding planner
There are a lot of logistics that need to be taken into consideration when planning any wedding, let alone a destination wedding. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and have no idea where to start then you need to hire a planner from day one. He or she will guide you through the process and ensure no detail is overlooked.
2. Visit ahead
It’s essential that you visit your destination ahead of the wedding and make all the necessary checks (even more so if you don’t have a planner). If you have a local planner then he or she will be able to collect and send across all the relevant information. If your planner is local to you, then it’s worth flying him or her out if you can’t make it (or even with you) to ensure everything is in place.
3. Venue is key
Your choice of venue will have the biggest impact on your day. Think about the type of guests you have and the type of location you require. Will they be able to climb up steps and travel hours by car? Do you require a child friendly location? Some couples are very specific about the type of food they require, so ensure all of this is ironed out before you hand any money over.
4. Arrive ahead of your guests
It’s important that you time your arrival so that you are on site to welcome any guests who are arriving for your celebrations. They’ve taken time out of their schedule and paid a lot of money to attend your celebrations so make sure you show them how much you appreciate this. Think about little gestures you can make, such as a special bespoke welcome or small gifts and hampers in their rooms.
5. Ensure there is sufficient food and drink
Food and drink can make or break any party and any trip so bear this in mind. If your guests have any special dietary requirements then inform your venue and caterer beforehand. It’s also good courtesy to provide all food for your guests for the duration of their stay regardless of whether or not you have an event on. Basic soft drinks and water should also ideally be covered, however alcohol is more subjective.
6. Be prepared for bad weather
While most people get married abroad to take advantage of the great weather, you should also be prepared for bad weather. Just in case. Do you have a plan B in case it rains? It’s also important to note that too much heat will irritate your guests, so if you are getting married in a hot country then time your events accordingly, so that your guest aren’t outside at midday.