Now that you're engaged, you want to plan the perfect wedding – one that sets the tone for who you and your fiancé are as a couple. Whether you are at home on the beach, or up in the mountains, you need to choose the perfect location for your wedding. Destination weddings are the perfect way to make sure that your special day is all about the two of you. If you and your fiancé have decided on a destination wedding, here are four tips to help your day go off without any snags.
Experience the Location in Advance
When planning a destination wedding, you can't leave anything to chance. Once you have your choices narrowed down to one or two locations, be sure to visit them. Get to know the lay of the land, and familiarize yourself with as much of the locale as possible. Visiting a couple of locations will ensure that you have enough information to make your final decision. As soon as you've chosen the destination, visit it again, if you can. This time, choose the specifics – including venues and entertainment locations.
Know the Legalities
Whether you're getting married in another state, or another country, you need to know the legalities before you plan the ceremony. Prior to planning your destination wedding, make sure you're familiar with the marriage license requirement for your particular destination. For instance, are there any citizenship requirements you'll need to worry about? Or waiting periods to deal with? Once you know the legalities, you'll be able to plan for your ceremony.
Give Informed Requests
When you're planning a destination wedding, you need to keep in mind that not everyone can afford this type of trip. If you're not going to be footing the bill for everyone in your wedding party, be sure to give informed requests when asking people to participate. When you ask your best friend to be in your wedding party, be sure to lead with the fact that your wedding will be a destination event. This will allow your potential wedding party invitees the opportunity to decline the invitation if they can't afford to go. It's also important to remember that some of your guests won't be able to join you in your travels.
Keep the Weather in Mind
When it comes to planning a destination wedding, you've got to keep the weather in mind. June might be beautiful in your neck-of-the-woods, but it might be hurricane season where you're planning your wedding. The last thing you want to do is have your wedding cancelled due to inclement weather. Once you have your location selected, do some research and find out when the bad weather is expected to blow through.
It's your big day. If you've decided on a destination wedding, use the tips provided here to make sure everything goes smoothly.