Whether you’re looking for an intimate party atop a mountain or a dreamy event on a beach, a destination wedding can truly be a dream come true. After all, who doesn’t love to see the world?
That being said, destination weddings do tend to require a lot more planning, which is made difficult by the fact that you’re organising an event for in an entirely different country.
Although your biggest wish will be for the day to go perfectly, there are many challenges you’ll have to face to make this so. To avoid unnecessary trouble, here are ten planning mistakes for you to avoid.
1. Not Hiring A Professional
There are many reasons why couples decide not to hire a wedding planner. Some prefer to be really hands-on, and others would rather avoid the added expense.
Whatever your reason, employing one to help plan your destination wedding is definitely beneficial. Planning any event this size is going to be a challenge, but planning one abroad has many more factors to consider. Because of this, hiring a professional to help you out can lessen your worry, as well as save time and money.
2. Forgetting About Your Budget
Before you even speak to a planner, you need to come up with a reasonable budget. This should include every single wedding expense, from obvious costs, like the venue and dress, to ones you may overlook, like flights and visas.
If you’re borrowing money to cover part or all of your budget, whether it’s from friends and family or a lender, then you should sort this out right away. You don’t want your wedding funding to fall through at the last minute, after all.
3. Choosing A Remote Destination
There are plenty of exotic and beautiful places in the world within which you could hold your wedding. They look magnificent in photographs and are practically paradise when you arrive, but the journey there might be less than pleasant.
If getting to your destination requires several flights, boats, local ground travel, and more, then you may want to reconsider. Although you may not mind all of this hassle, it might be too much for your guests, causing accessibility issues.
4. Sending Your Invitations Late
With a traditional wedding, all your guests need to do is book the day off work and find a great outfit. However, things are a lot more complicated where destination weddings are concerned.
When attending such an event, you need at least a few days free and also have to book travel and accommodation. With that in mind, you should send out your invitations as early as you can. This gives guests more time to get things sorted, increasing the likelihood that they will attend.
5. Inviting A Young Crowd
If you’re a young couple, chances are, you’re going to have a lot of young friends to invite to your big day. Just be aware that not all of them are going to be able to attend.
With fewer vacation days and smaller bank accounts, some just may not have the time or cash to spare. If they have other responsibilities, like children, too then them showing up becomes even less likely. The benefit, of this, however, is that the headcount stays low, which will reduce your wedding costs.
6. Picking The Wrong Dress
Wherever in the world you choose to host your wedding, the gown you wear on your big day should be one that you absolutely adore. That being said, it is important to remember that your dress will need to come with you on a flight.
Most airlines have no issue with allowing brides to bring their dress in a garment bag, but, even so, choosing a large ball gown with lots of fabric can cause problems. Because of this, you should try selecting a style that will travel a lot easier.
7. Neglecting To Visit Locations
After spending thousands on your big day, the last thing that you want is to arrive at the hotel or resort and find that it’s nothing like you imagined. It may be much smaller than the pictures made it look or just less elegant than you were hoping for.
To prevent such a devastating situation, you should visit the sites of your ceremony and reception at least six months before the big day. This gives you a chance to check the places out, make negotiations, and sign the contracts.
8. Expecting The Perfect Weather
Having your wedding abroad doesn’t mean that the weather is going to be perfect. Just like anywhere else in the world, your wedding destination will have storms, heat waves, and more now and then.
With that in mind, you should do your research and plan for any weather issues. You could find an indoor venue for if it rains, for example, or style your hair so that it won’t get messed up in the rain. You could also give out parasols and fans for when it gets too warm.
9. Checking The Wedding Essentials
Delayed flights and lost luggage can cause problems when travelling anywhere, but, when you’re going abroad for your wedding, it could spell disaster.
Rather than risk your big day, you should keep your dress, jewellery, and any important documents close by in your carry-on bags. This may mean you paying a little extra, but it is worth it for the peace of mind. While some essentials can be replaced, many of them can’t be, and it’s not worth the stress either way.
10. Arriving On The Day
The last thing that you want to do is begin the journey to your wedding destination the day of or the day before the wedding itself. Not only will this mean you having to rush, but it also puts the whole event at risk. After all, if there were a delay for whatever reason, you might not arrive on time.
Because of this, you should plan to get to your hotel for at least a few days before the ceremony. This gives you a chance to recover from the journey and run any last-minute errands.
For a magical destination wedding, make sure that you avoid the planning mistakes listed above.