This guest post will help you get prepared for your destination wedding.
You have been waiting on this day for your entire life, at least for as long as you can remember. You even had mock weddings in the backyard with your best friend from childhood. You have weighed the pros and cons and decided that a destination wedding is the best choice for you. Now that you know what type of wedding you want, it’s time to prepare so that nothing will hold you back when it’s time to walk down that aisle and say “I do.” Keeping that in mind, the following are a few tips to help you prepare for your destination wedding.
Choose a location that means something
Whether it’s an Argentina wedding or a wedding on the small beach you frequented throughout your childhood, the location you get married in should mean something to you. It’s also important to think practically about your location. If you’re having a big wedding, then it’s entirely possible that that tiny beach town just might not have enough hotels to hold all of your guests. You want your location choice to be meaningful and practical at the same time.
Check your shot records/get a physical
While this isn’t the fun part of the wedding planning process, if you’re choosing a destination wedding in another country, it’s important to head over to your local wellness center in Flemington, NJ, or local town, to make sure you’re up-to-date on your vaccines and to have a physical before you go. Different countries have different diseases and sicknesses that you might not know about, so it’s a sound precautionary measure to ensure your health records are on you during your stay. When you’re getting that passport updated, don’t forget to get your medical needs taken care of, as well.
Hire a pro
One of the first things you want to do when planning a destination wedding is to take some of the pressure and stress off of yourself. After all this is supposed to be a fun time in your life. The best way to do that is to hire a professional wedding planner to take care of many of the details of your destination wedding for you.
However, it’s important to make sure that the wedding planner you hire is an expert in destination weddings. A planner that has never done anything but weddings at the local church or gazebo might not be experienced enough to handle the tasks of planning the wedding and dealing with vendors in another country. If you can’t afford a professional wedding planner, try to at least find a good onsite event coordinator that can handle the bulk of the everyday planning for you, since you won’t be able to be there.
Consider your guests
Make sure you notify your guests that the wedding is going to be a destination wedding in another state or country well ahead of time. It’s also important to take care of your guests by trying to get them the least expensive hotel accommodations possible. Remember, not all guests are going to have the same budget to spend to get to your wedding, so try to look out for them by providing a list of reasonably-priced accommodations.
Don’t forget to have fun
This is your big day, and though the wedding planning can be hectic and overwhelming at times, it’s important not to forget the reason that you’re planning this wedding. Take time to be with the one you love to unwind and just spend time together during the rush of planning the wedding.
These are just a few ways you can prepare for your destination wedding. Following these tips will have you walking down the aisle with very little stress and a huge smile on both your faces. Be sure to take photos and enjoy your special day to create memories you will cherish for a lifetime.
Keelie is a mother of three amazing boys and married to her high school sweetheart, Austin. She spends her days running R5 Website Management, taking care of the home, and investing in her children. In her spare time, she loves to encourage married couples to grow deeper in their relationship and find joy in their marriage.