A lot of brides dream of a destination wedding, a beautiful, romantic beach or an amazing castle in the Loire Valley. It’s part of the fairy tale they have grown up with and played in their heads over and over again. Social media and amazing cameras on cell phones have exacerbated the issue as new amazing destinations are available on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook to drool over and daydream.
So if you’re considering planning a destination wedding, there are a couple of things you should consider before deciding to exchange your vows in an exotic island in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
Cost might not be what you are expecting
Even though the guest list will be way smaller, costs like airfare and lodging will have to be included. The cost of the rest of the suppliers for the wedding, from flowers to catering will depend a lot on the location.
Planning your wardrobe will be more complicated
When traveling for your wedding; you’ll have to consider all events related to the wedding plus all outfits for down time etc. You wont be home where you have everything you own available and accessible.
Hire a local wedding planner
As with any wedding, the effort to create the perfect wedding is huge and you better know your way around these issues by hiring a local that knows the lay of the land and how to get things done right.
Passports and Visas
All guests will require a passport if you travel to a foreign country and surprisingly only about 15% of US citizens have a passport. It’s a great idea to have one but it does require that all guests go through that process and maybe even visas depending on the destination.
Guests travelling to your wedding might feel that their presence (and the costs associated with being there) is their gift. Costs can add up so just be prepared for many guests and family members not to go and give you a good gift or those who attend not to.
Find a place you both love
This can be a touchy subject, the same as your honeymoon. Compromise is the word! It should be a mutual decision so nobody feels they had to give up on their dream wedding.
Use technology to share with the ones that can’t travel
Skype and many other apps and gadgets make it much easier to share with everyone that was not able to travel, even in real time. This will add a new awesome twist to your special day!
It’s your wedding so do what feels right to you ONLY!
You will have many opinions and people recommending stuff. Make it yours! Do it the way you want, your style, your location and your rules.
Make sure you understand the legal requirements to get married abroad
Each destination will have their own rules and regulations and some even require that you have a minimum stay before you can get married. Also consider how the marriage license will be legalized in the US so you have everything free and clear where you live.
- Have fun with it and don’t stress out.
This piece of advice goes to all our brides and grooms. Don’t sweat the details. Concentrate on the things that you will remember and in creating beautiful memories!