Guest Post: Daniel Lewis. It can be fun to plan a destination wedding. However, not all couples have sound organizational skills. If you’re planning to get hitched in a different country, then you have to make plans well in advance. To make the most of your big day, we recommend 8 amazing tips to help you plan your trip accordingly.
Keep an eye on the wedding dress
You can’t get married without a wedding dress, right? Keep a close eye on your gown before departure. You can’t afford to lose your luggage in the airport. Also, have other essentials on the plan, and make sure everything arrives on time at your chosen destination. A good idea might be to send the dress in advance. This way you know it’s there before you arrive.
Buy a ticket for your favorite photographer
It’s very important to hire a professional photographer for your wedding. If you’ve already decided on someone, it might be a good idea to buy them a ticket as well. Meeting with the photographer in person, checking his portfolio, taking about how you want the photos to look are aspects you should discuss ahead of time. You shouldn’t hire someone you don’t know. Sure, there might be amazing photographers in The Caribbean too, but how do you know they’ll get what you need?
Shipping essentials you need for your wedding can be extremely expensive, especially if your chosen destination is overseas. To avoid custom fees, the best solution is to shop locally. After you’ve picked a destination, get to know more about flea markets and shops located nearby. Visit your wedding venue as soon as you arrive, and invest in the most attractive decorations welcome baskets, local art, gifts, and other things you might need to make your wedding incredible.
Destination rules and regulations
Getting married overseas may features different rules and regulations than in your own country. It’s a good idea to know the law before leaving. Check with the local officials to see if you need specific documentation. Some countries have residency requirements, meaning that you may have to actually live there for a few days or weeks before you can get married.
Short tips to explore the site
Landscapes, hotels, and wedding venues may look different online than in reality. Plan a short trip to explore the site in person. This will help you decide if your chosen destination is what you want for your wedding. See the venue with your own eyes, make reservations in advance for catering, floral arrangements, and music to be sure everything is all set for the big day.
Don’t let bad weather ruin your wedding. Planning your big day on the beach is great, but make sure your venue can provide emergency tents in case it rains. It’s very important to have a backup plan. This way, in case something happens you can move on to plan B, and not allow anything destroy your good mood.
Be ready to go
There’s no time to be nervous, or think that you’ve forgotten something at home as soon as you get on the plane. Just relax and enjoy the ride! So what if you haven’t had time to pack your favorite eye cream? Don’t stress over the little things, and loosen up. As soon as you arrive, get a 2-hour sleep. Then make a list with things you need, and go shopping.
Venue & accommodation for guests
Last but not least, you should choose a venue located near the hotel or resort your guests are staying. It will be easier for them to find it, especially if some of them don’t speak any international language. Also, it’s a lot more convenient for you to change dresses, shoes, or fix makeup.
Planning a wedding somewhere out of the country can be nerve-wracking. Most couples fear that something might go wrong. However, you can’t really travel all the way across the ocean and think negatively. Just enjoy the moment.