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Destination Wedding Tips!

Kaysha Weiner, Pure Lavish Events, Destination Wedding

Photo by Kaysha Weiner Photography

As promised, here are tips for planning your destination wedding!

1. Location

The location of your wedding not only sets the mood (laid back, rustic, glamorous etc.), but also the travel, time and budget needed to make it happen. You want your guests to walk away from your wedding weekend thinking your wedding mirrored your personalities. The overall vibe should say something about your style and your passions!

2. Timing

The best weather in popular vacation destinations tends to correspond with travel season, when there is typically less hotel and venue availabilities and higher rates. If you choose to marry during high season, you’ll want to reserve hotel blocks and your venue right away and send out save-the-dates 10 to 12 months in advance so guests can book their flights and accommodations before prices are extremely high.

3. Take a Trip

Take at least one planning trip and if you can, two or more is even better. On the first trip, you’ll need to find and book your key spots. Ceremony + reception spaces, hotels for guests, a rehearsal dinner restaurant and the local vendors such as caterers, florists and photographers. Next, you’ll need to schedule your tastings with your caterer, see floral mocks from the florist, plan a hair and makeup session and so on.

4. Marriage Requirements

The legal side of getting hitched in a different country isn’t always the easiest. A lot of countries have a “residency requirement” (for example: 7 days in England), which means you must stay in the country for a certain length of time before your ceremony. Although this is usually just a couple days, it can be longer so you will want to check!

5. Get Assistance

Type A personalities, listen up! If you’re hosting a wedding across seas, you will need to trust at least part of the planning to someone else. A wedding planner (aka: Pure Lavish Events) will take on the nitty gritty for you, such as researching and securing local vendors, dealing with rentals, and handling any last-minute hiccups that may start in the weeks leading up to the wedding. Many resorts include a coordinator in their wedding packages, however this is on-site help only. You will want someone behind the scenes working with the on-site coordinator.

6. Hire Vendors with Caution

It’s important that you’re comfortable with all your vendors. You’ll be leaving a lot in their hands. That’s why we strongly suggest making at least one planning trip to meet with potential vendors. If you must hire your vendors without meeting them first, schedule a video chat so you can see the vendor’s demeanor before you sign a contract.

7. Take Care of your Guests

List information for getting to and from the nearest airport to your wedding venue, invite everyone to the rehearsal or welcome dinner and next-day brunch, and deliver welcome bags to their rooms, like sunscreen, water and bug spray.

8. Questions to ask!

  • How are you packages priced? (per person, a la carte etc.)
  • Is there an on-site coordinator? If so, are they included?
  • Do you offer group rates?
  • How formal is the hotel? Are children allowed?

Hope this helps you brides thinking about going afar for your wedding! Or! If you’re planning from afar and coming to California we can’t wait to meet you!!