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5 Tips For Planning A Destination Wedding

Updated: Mar 13

Escape the ordinary and say I DO to adventure! Breathtaking destinations can become the backdrop for unforgettable celebrations. However, planning for a destination wedding can be a challenge. To assist you with getting started on your journey, let’s take a look at the top five things to consider when planning your trip down the aisle. 


1. Hire A Planner to be a Part of the Entire Process and Onsite

Hiring a wedding planner for your destination wedding provides peace of mind and expert guidance, especially when navigating an unfamiliar location and vendors. From handling logistics and communicating with vendors to ensuring each detail is executed flawlessly, having a planner allows you to relax and enjoy your special day without stress. 


2. Travel Agents Are Necessary

Travel agents are invaluable when it comes to planning a destination wedding. They specialize in coordinating travel arrangements and accommodations for large groups. Hiring a travel agent can also streamline the planning process, save time and money and provide assistance to ensure a smooth experience for the couple and their guests.


3. Understand Hotel/Resort Policies 

Understanding hotel or resort policies for a wedding helps couples make informed decisions and ensure a positive experience for themselves and their guests. 

Things to consider - contractual obligations, budget management, guest accommodations (on and off the property) and deadlines.


4. Plan In Advance

Consider your guests when planning your day. Destination weddings and travel are expensive for your guests and they need as much time as possible to plan. Ideally, guests should be informed 12 to 18 months in advance to make travel arrangements and plan for time off from work if needed.


5. Encourage Guests to Stay Where the Celebration Unfolds 

Emphasize the convenience and benefits of having your guests stay at the hotel or resort where the wedding will take place.  When giving guests the option of staying off property it can create additional costs for the host to bring them onto all inclusive properties (international), as well as additional reception costs for the couple. It is also difficult to keep track of reservations and your guest list. Last minute surprises are the last thing that you want to be concerned with when planning and budgeting for your special day!


While planning a destination wedding may come with its own set of challenges, it can also simplify various aspects of the wedding planning process. We hope these tips help you plan the start of your life together in the setting of your dreams! 


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Stephen Midgett


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