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Planning A Destination Wedding? Here Are 11 Things You Need To Consider

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Planning A Destination Wedding? Here Are 11 Things You Need To Consider

Decided on a destination wedding? Congratulations! Now you’ve made this decision, it’s time to figure out how to plan your wedding miles away from home (deep breath needed).

Planning a destination wedding means your ceremony will be much more intimate. But before you jet off to a foreign place, there are a few important details you need to consider.

Our wedding planners have helped to plan destination weddings, so we wanted to share our biggest tips with you. Whether you’re going glamorous in the Maldives or opting for a romantic getaway in Italy, we’ve got all of your bases covered. From choosing the venue to knowing what style of dress to pick, here are our top tips on how to plan a destination wedding – wherever you decide to tie the knot.

1. Choose a location that means something to you, but is also practical

It can be a struggle to find the right balance when it comes to your destination. While that gorgeous seaside town might fill your heart with memories, it won’t be any good if it’s only got one hotel. Make sure you both love the location, but that it also has all the resources you need too.

2. Tell your guests way in advance

As you can imagine, getting your wedding guests to a destination wedding is a lot trickier than if they were going to a church up the road. Give your loved ones plenty of time to figure out if they can afford the cost of your wedding, along with the actual date, too!

3. Save up

Your biggest cost will obviously be your location and potentially travelling to get there. This means it’d be useful to cut down your other costs in some way. You could opt for local blooms and serve local specialities to cut your catering costs.

4. Try and keep your guests together

Destination weddings run much more smoothly when you tell people where they’ll be staying. If you pick a reasonably priced hotel, this will work really well. Just don’t set your date until you’re sure there’s room availability for everyone.

5. Hire a wedding planner

We would definitely recommend finding a wedding planner that specialises in destination weddings. This way, instead of spending hours on phone calls, or making decisions from miles away, you can have an expert on hand to help you.

If a wedding planner isn’t within your budget, you could always see if your venue comes with an on-site coordinator.

6. See the venue before you get married

It’s best if you see your venue once before you book and again three to four months before the big day to finalise the details. If you can’t do the second trip, try and arrive to your destination at  least five days before your wedding.

7. Pick your suppliers in person

It’s much better to set up meetings with known florists and other suppliers that are in your destination. It’ll really help you if they know the venue well. And that’s another point – your venue might have supplier recommendations so make sure you ask them!

8. Make room in your budget

Decided you want to bring suppliers from home? That’s okay – just expect to cover the travel and stay costs. They’ll definitely need a clean, safe hotel within 30 minutes of your venue. Try and negotiate this upfront so it doesn’t become a problem further down the line.

9. Pack as much as possible

Don’t risk trying to pick things up in person, unless you know who you’re buying from. Shipping overseas is expensive and can be risky, so stuff that suitcase with as much as you can.

10. Think of your destination when you pick your wedding dress

A sweetheart wedding dress with a relaxed, floaty skirt is perfect for a beach wedding, and lightweight lace would be ideal if you’re heading to a place like Mexico. A breathable fabric is what you want to go for.

11. Don’t pack your dress

Trust us on this one. Always carry your wedding dress on board the plane. Even if you have to fold it. Just make sure someone on the other side can press and steam it when you get there!


Make sure you’ve got all bases covered for your destination wedding by getting in touch with one of our wedding coordinator’s today.

By Holly Sutton

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