Are you a Beach Bound Bride?
3 Tips to Take Your Destination Wedding From Ship Wreck to Top Deck!
1- Plan Ahead!
If you want your closest friends and family to be able to attend the most exciting day of your life, on the other side of the world, give them notice! Send out a ‘Save the Date’ card, magnet, bookmark, message in a bottle, whatever your choice, as soon as you have a date and location, 8-12 months (or more!) is proper etiquette, especially for a destination wedding. Remember these people are going to have to make arrangements to book time off of work and invest their hard earned money in airfare, hotel and food, don’t make them book too late and end up paying a premium, or worse, not be able to go at all.
2- Research, Research, Research
Wherever you choose to say ‘I do’, research the laws regarding the marriage license, you want to make sure you will be legally married once you return to your country of origin. The only thing worse than not having the ones you love around you for the most important day of your life, is having the ones you love around you and the marriage not being legit!
3- Talk to a Professional
If you are going to a place you have never been before, talk to a someone ‘in the know’. Destination Wedding Planners and Travel Agents could end up being your best friend if they talk you out of having your beach wedding during monsoon season, or prevent Uncle Bob from being burnt to a crisp in high season. A true professional should also know the local marriage laws as well as be able to offer group discounts for your big day.
When planning a destination wedding you may have a few wedding guests that aren’t happy about forking out the big bucks for the trip of a lifetime. It doesn’t mean they don’t love you, it doesn’t mean you should cancel the wedding and opt for a local option. You chose a the wedding you chose because it is what YOU want as a couple, not everyone else. All you can do is let them know what it would mean to you if they were there but you completely understand if they can’t make it. Learn to embrace the “you can’t please everyone, so you go to please yourself” motto. It’s your day, own it.