Getting married is a big step in any gal’s life, but for those of you who’ve decided to go with a Destination Wedding will know that this is a another huge decision that can’t be taken lightly! For those of you who are struggling with this decision, I thought I’d share some tips to help you come to terms with what should be a highlight to your planning, not a hinderance!
Step One: Why have a Destination Wedding?
These days, Destination Wedding’s are becoming more and more popular for various reasons, so pick a location that works for you and run with it! Here’s a few reasons why Destination Weddings are worth the effort:
- It’s like being on vacation before the Honeymoon has even started!
- If you don’t want a big wedding, it’s the perfect excuse to have a more intimate number of guests attend your nuptials
- It automatically sets the whole theme for your big day – Tropical Paradise, Relaxed Beach, City Chic, Country Charm etc.
- With so much focus on your fabulous destination for your and your guests, it can take away the pressure of other areas of your big day, and help you to focus on the things that matter!
- It’s a great excuse to go back to your destination in the years to come, to renew your vows or just have a romantic getaway 🙂
Step Two: What Destination Works for me?
With travel options being more affordable than ever, it’s never been a better time to set off interstate or internationally to a beautiful location that is special to both you and your partner. That being said, with so many destinations to choose from, how do you pick ‘the one?’ Here’s a couple of things for you to consider:
- Time of year – ensure your location suits the date you’ve chosen to get married (ie – If you’ve always wanted to be a September bride, then the Caribbean may not work as September = Hurricanes!)
- Distance to travel – If you want your grandparents or small children to attend your wedding, keep in mind that some long-haul flights may not be viable options for them.
- Cultural Barriers – With each destination (especially overseas destinations) comes different cultural barriers. Whether its language, food, religion, local law etc. you need to ensure none of these factors will impact negatively on your vision for your big day
- Legal requirements and responsibilities – Remember that not all countries recognise marriages performed overseas. Whilst this is something you can work around, it may be a deal-breaker for some of you.
Step Three: Research, Research, Research!
After working through steps one and two, you’ve now locked in a great location and need to get planning. But where do you start? Here are some great tips to get you started:
- One word: Google! Modern day brides are so lucky to have this piece of technology at their fingertips! Choose a starting point (ie the Country/City/Venue of your wedding) and Google away!
- Travel forums: Travel forums are a fantastic starting point for any trip, but they are also great for Destination Brides! Try the Destination Wedding or Honeymoon forums on TripAdvisor for lots of great tips
- City/Country Guides: These are fantastic for tips on anything and everything from local customs, food, public holidays, bad weather, etc. Try Frommers and Lonely Planet as a starting point and go from there
- It’s not what you know: Dont forget to talk to your friends, family and colleagues to get their ideas and advice on places they’ve been and can recommend!
If you follow the 3 steps outlined above, you’ll have made a real start at planning your destination wedding. If any of you have any other tips you’d like to add, or would like more information on any of the points above, feel free to leave your comments!
xx Destination Bride