Planning a wedding can be difficult in itself, never mind throwing in the added stress of organising the ultimate destination wedding! With so many details to consider it can be hard to know just where to begin. What location should you choose? How can you find the perfect venue without even being in the country? Will all of your guests be able to afford the expense of travelling? It can all become a little overwhelming!
However if you plan ahead and think logically then it does not have to be a stressful ordeal at all! So we want to share with you our top 5 tips for planning the ultimate destination wedding. Taking these points into consideration will help your big day to run as smoothly as possible!
1. Choose the destination carefully
It is important to do your research so that you can be sure you’ve selected the perfect destination for your wedding. Be sure to keep in mind your budget and how many people will be attending so that everything can be planned to perfection and all of your guests will be catered for. If you’re wanting all your friends and family to attend we suggest somewhere a bit closer to home, that still maintains that exotic feel! We think Spain is the perfect location for your dreamy destination wedding. Sun, sea and sand…what more could you want! We’ve selected some of our faves to give you some inspiration…
Are you looking for a place where tradition and your dream wedding style will combine beautifully? If so check out the seriously impressive Hotel María Cristina. Located in San Sebastián, it is surrounded by real beauty and offers a careful attention to detail on your big day!
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The Majestic Hotel & Spa is the perfect place to host your wedding and guarantees you’ll have a spectacular day from start to finish. This exclusive 5 star hotel in the centre of Barcelona is the ideal location for your destination wedding!
On the other hand, perhaps you want a super special getaway in a more exotic and wild location! In that case, what about a safari? Filled with adventure and once in a lifetime experiences, what better way to mark married life together! Experts on all thing safari, luxury wedding planners, Cheli & Peacock Safaris can plan your dream safari to perfection and take care of every last detail!
2. Plan ahead
Planning early is not only helpful for you, but also for your guests. Of course you’ll need to begin organising in advance to ensure that every little detail is planned to perfection, but don’t forget to consider your guests in the planning process too.
Send your invitations earlier than you usually would to give your family and friends time to prep. They will need to book flights and may need to give advance notice so they can take the time off work. Saving up the money that they will need to travel can also take some time. Planning early can help get you and your guests a better rate on a hotel rooms and flights too!
3. Think about your wedding photographer
Deciding on which suppliers to go for can be difficult to do when planning a destination wedding, and we think one of the most important is the photographer. Remember, photos last a lifetime and you’ll want to look back on them for years to come, so they have to be perfect! To give you a little helping hand, we’ve selected some of our fave photographers who are based in the UK but specialise in destination weddings!
4. Don’t forget to consider marriage laws
It’s important to make sure you know what the marriage laws are in the country that you plan to tie the knot in. Every country has its own requirements and it’s important to bare these in mind before having your heart set on a destination. If you’re in doubt, check out this website which can give you some helpful hints.
5. Hire a wedding planner
Hiring a wedding planner can be a great help in the run up to your big day. Not only will they know the local area, but can also help you out with selecting the perfect wedding professionals to make your day run as smoothly as possible. By hiring someone to help you plan your special day, you can sit back and relax knowing your wedding is in safe hands, making the whole experience that bit more enjoyable for you!
Wendy & Marion Wedding Fairies have solutions for all! With different services included and, above all , different prices , their original creativity and top notch planning skills are accessible to all!
If you’re in need of some expert advice, then look no further. Experts at Anna Walmsley Weddings & Events are the perfect planners to help you organise your destination wedding in France or Spain. She will make sure that you have the wedding you’ve always dreamt of!
Or how about Italy? Morena Rambola is the perfect person to give you a helping hand if you’re thinking of a beautiful wedding in Italy. Her vast experience in the world of weddings means that your day will be planned to perfection!
So now that’s all of the planning taken care of, have you found the perfect dress?
Contact the suppliers mentioned in this article
Sanshine Photography Wedding photography
Jamie Bott Wedding photography
Motiejus Wedding photography
My Beautiful Bride Wedding photography
awevents South of France & Barcelona Wedding co-ordinators
Morena Rombola - Let's Get Married in Italy Wedding co-ordinators
Victoria Phipps Photography Wedding photography