10 Tips for Planning a Destination Wedding
10 Tips for Planning a Destination Wedding
It’s no secret that a destination wedding is the superior wedding. You can do it where you (and your spouse, of course) want to, it keeps your wedding small, and it doubles as a honeymoon destination. However, it comes with a lot of caveats and stresses that’s already a stressful life event. But never fear. We’re here to give you 10 tips for planning your destination wedding.
- Work with a wedding planner in the destination. Perhaps you have a wedding planner you already trust, but if you’re going to do a destination wedding, then having a wedding planner in that destination is going to be of maximum benefit. First of all, they are a local expert, knowing all of the laws and wedding venues of the land. But most importantly, they are your eyes and ears on the ground since they live there, and well, you don’t.
- Know local laws and marriage requirements. This is where having that local wedding planner comes in handy. Wedding and marriage requirements vary across cities and countries. For example, did you know that in France, couples must have resided in the country for at least 40 days before tying the knot? Don’t make the mistake Kim and Kanye did.
- Take a trip there. You should take at least one trip to the destination you want to get married in, if not more. First, not only is this a wedding, but it’s a destination wedding, and you’ve got to like it above all. It’ll then take more trips for booking tastings, caterers, venues, and so on, even if you have a local wedding planner helping you.
- Factor in weather. It just so happens that hurricane season and wedding season overlap. So consider this and other weather patterns when choosing a destination wedding location.
- Fly in a photographer. While you’ll predominantly be working with locals, you may want to consider flying in your own photographer, someone who you trust and have spent time with and knows your style. If not, this is where it’s important to have spent some time in the destination to have gotten to know your photographer.
- Consider a hotel with their own professional wedding staff. Many hotels in popular destination wedding locations have a dedicated wedding staff. This will take out a lot of the legwork and puts your wedding more safely in the hands of someone who has done it in that destination in those elements many times before. Bonus points that it doubles as accommodations for you and your guests.
- Location, location, location. This isn’t about location of where you want to do your wedding as much as it’s about convenience for your guests. Fiji may be your dream wedding destination, but it’s probably inconvenient for most of your wedding guests. Think about destinations that most people can fly non-stop or with as few connections as possible. Factor in peak season and airfares as well.
- Plan further out than a traditional wedding. This will be one of the most important factors for getting your guests to your destination wedding. Plan far enough in advance that it gives your guests plenty of time to set aside any additional money to book their flights and hotels well ahead of time. And be extra communicative with them, such as informing them that booking at least a couple months in advance or booking their hotel/flight together can save up to several hundred dollars.
- Treat your guests well. Your guests have saved up money, taken days off work, and flown in for your special day, so make them feel special, too. Have a welcome basket waiting for them when they arrive, and perhaps a handwritten note, itinerary, and some recommendations of local things to do.
- Negotiate a group hotel rate. This isn’t a given, but many hotels (especially larger hotels) can offer a group discount (typically 5%-10%). However, a minimum number of rooms are typically required. Just as important, inquire about other nearby local hotels if everyone isn’t or can’t stay at the same hotel.
What to Wear
Our Tan Sharkskin Notch Lapel Suit is ideal for a warm weather wedding. We love this fabric because the subtle two-tone texture of the sharkskin weave is visually interesting while the color doesn’t absorb heat like darker colors. It also pairs well with a variety of accessory colors. Check out a few of our pre-styled looks for inspiration!