Planning your wedding is exciting. If you’re going the destination wedding route, your wedding planning may be more complicated than you expected.
Whether your wedding is going to be in the Bahamas or in Thailand, planning a destination wedding involves forethought and good organization skills. But what if you want a destination wedding but aren’t the queen of organization?
Well, we thought we could help you out by providing a few simple organization tips to clear the path towards the perfect destination wedding. Check them out below.
1) Visit the Area First
We can’t stress this enough. Take a week to visit the area you plan on getting married. Even if you have visited the area before, it is a good idea to take a second trip to find the perfect ceremony location and to guarantee your dates are correct. You may even want to work with a local travel or wedding planner who can get everything ready the weeks prior to your wedding.
2) Send out Invitations Well in Advance
Don’t wait to send out invitations. As soon as you know the location of the event, the date, and time, send out your invitations. Friends and family need time to plan the trip and the farther away it is the more planning they have to do. We recommend sending out invitations a full two months earlier than you would with a traditional wedding.
3) Define Marriage Requirements for the Area
This one is a biggie. The last thing you want is to show up in a foreign land, get married, and come back to the states only to realize that you aren’t legally married. Do your homework to make sure your legal is valid and what licenses and permits you need to make sure it is.
4) Create a Binder for all Important Info
Gather your marriage license, immunization records, passports, vendor contracts, and print off your hotel reservations and keep them in a binder. Label that binder “IMPORTANT” and place it on top of your suitcase. Leave it there until the day of your wedding. This simple trick will prevent any serious mishaps from occurring, you know, like not being able to get on the plane!
5) Book a Block of Hotel Rooms
Get organized and start planning sooner rather than later. With these simple tips you’ll be in a better position to enjoy your wedding and give your guests a vacation all at the same time.
Depending on your guest list, block off and reserve a set number of hotel rooms for your wedding party and guests. You are asking friends and family to travel to a remote destination to watch you and your hubby say your “I Do’s” don’t make them scramble to find a reservation in the area. Reserving a block of room is easy and can save your guests money.