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Top Tips For Your Upcoming Destination Wedding.

Destination weddings aren’t just for celebrities. If you have your heart set on a memorable location, give it some serious thought. If it works out, it's going to live in everyone’s conversation for the next few years, and you'll have some fabulous photos. Travelling further afield, for a ceremony and reception that’s worth a longer stay means the world is wide open to you. Where do you want to go?

When you’ve thought of a place, it’s well worth you both taking the trip in advance, at least once, to ensure all the arrangements are likely to work. If you can go back a few times and finalise the details, so much the better. Getting trustworthy local suppliers on board will be well worth it because they’ll know the area and can deal more easily with last minute hitches. Try out whatever samples and sessions you need to ahead of time, so that you have more than just a word of mouth certainty to base your booking on.

When you’re planning a destination wedding far from home, you’re going to have to trust people to work on your behalf. Consider hiring a wedding coordinator, or using a venue where one comes as standard.

Make sure you understand the legalities for weddings in the place you intend to get hitched. In some cases, you'll need to be resident in that country for weeks or more before the wedding day itself, to qualify. Even where that's not a problem, plan well ahead as many wedding venues are booked up for months in advance.

The costs can mount up with a destination wedding, so consider everything and make sure your budget can sustain it realistically. Especially if you’re having an outdoor wedding, if the weather where you’re going is likely to be unpredictable, factor in a wedding umbrella for the couple, and potentially a few extra for the guests. Peace of mind is well worth planning for.

Culturally, different destinations can present certain challenges you might overlook. Shorter days with limited daylight might affect logistics. Or a laid-back attitude where the locals aren’t tied to timetables like you are. Whatever you discover from your research, try to go with the flow and don’t get uptight with your planning.

Consider your guests early on because a destination wedding means people you love have to make the choice whether or not to travel to spend it with you. Their finances might not allow them the scope for the trip, or they may already have used up their holiday for the year. For those who do agree to come, treat them like royalty - leaving some goodies in their hotel rooms, and laying on transport from the airport. Make sure they’re all invited to the rehearsal dinner.

If you can manage it, a destination wedding can be magical. Just do your preparation.

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