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BLOG | 10.06.2023

Destination Delights: The Secret to Planning a Dreamy Wedding in Paradise

Are you ready to embark on your journey to wedded bliss? Well, hold on tight because today we're diving into the enchanting world of destination weddings. Picture this: sandy beaches, lakeside vistas, breath-taking sunsets, and the warm embrace of your loved ones as you say, "I do." Sounds dreamy, right? Let us uncover the secrets of planning a sensational destination wedding to help you turn this dream into your wedding day!

 

Choose Your Slice of Paradise

The first step is deciding on the perfect destination for your big day. Are you envisioning a tropical oasis, a European fairytale, or maybe there’s a place that’s already close to your hearts? Do your research and take little exploration trips if you can to help you decide. It’s important to consider factors like weather, accessibility, costs, and local attractions. So whether it's Bali, Santorini, or Tuscany, find a place that resonates with your love story.
TIP: Consider how many hours you’d be happy to travel and use this to create a radius of potential locations!

 

Whatever the weather

Keep a close eye on the weather patterns of your chosen destination and plan accordingly. Bear in mind that your preferred location may have extreme seasonal weather changes. If it's a tropical paradise, consider having a backup indoor venue or providing guests with parasols or fans to beat the heat. Remember, a little rain can't dampen the spirit of your special day!

 

Managing those Purse Strings

When getting married away from home, it’s always better to expect the unexpected and plan accordingly. Ensure you have a ‘just in case’ pot of money set aside for contingencies such as extra baggage charges. We also strongly recommend getting appropriate wedding insurance that offers inclusive cover for destination weddings. One of the less glamorous wedding planning jobs but read the fine print to give you peace of mind that you are fully protected.

 

Guest List

Destination weddings often come with a smaller guest count, so choose your nearest and dearest to share this intimate experience with you. Remember, it's all about creating memories with your loved ones and immersing them in the destination's unique charm. Send out save-the-dates well in advance (we’d suggest 12-18 months before the big day), giving your guests enough time to plan and make arrangements.

 

Embrace Local Customs

One of the most exciting aspects of a destination wedding is immersing yourself in the local culture. Incorporate elements of the destination into your wedding stationery, decorations, and even the menu. Imagine your guests indulging in local delicacies and dancing to traditional tunes—it's an experience they'll never forget!

 

Get the Logistics in Check

Destination weddings require meticulous planning, so we’d suggest partnering with a reputable wedding coordinator who is familiar with your chosen destination. They'll be your local guide, and will be able to assist with things such as legal requirements, venue selection and vendor coordination. Their expertise will help ensure a smooth experience, leaving you stress-free to enjoy your special day.

 

Personalise the Experience

Just because you are jetting off for your wedding, it doesn’t have to mean missing out on the personal touches. Choose wedding invitations featuring your favourite travel photos or patterns inspired by the destination. Add unique touches to your ceremony and reception, such as choosing your favourite signature cocktails inspired by the destination. You could even consider arranging group activities and excursions for you and your guests to explore the local attractions together.

 

Take Care of your Guests

Help your guests with their planning by providing travel information, accommodation options, and recommendations for local transportation. Collaborate with a trusted travel agent to secure group rates or negotiate exclusive deals for your guests.

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Remember, a destination wedding is not just a celebration of love; it's an extraordinary experience shared with those closest to you. With careful planning and a touch of spontaneity, this extra special trip will be an unforgettable celebration that leaves you with memories to cherish for a lifetime.

 

So, pack your bags and get ready to embrace your exciting adventure into wedding bliss!

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