Do you have an upcoming destination wedding, or are you responsible for planning one? Here are some tips to help you ensure it goes off without a hitch!

1. Location, Location, Location!

The location of your wedding determines not only the mood (rustic, sophisticated, beachy), but also the travel, time and budget required to pull it off. Choose a location that is an accurate representation of who you are as a couple! Adventurous? Try Costa Rica. Foodies? Try California wine country! The options are endless.

2. Timing is Everything

Unfortunately, the best weather in popular vacation destinations tends to correlate with tourist season, when there are typically more crowds, fewer hotel and venue availabilities, and higher rates all around. Be sure to reserve hotel blocks and venues immediately and send out save-the-dates 10 to 12 months in advance so guests can book their flights and accommodations before prices skyrocket.

3. Visit the Location

Being able to view key venues so you can pick out your location is vital so you’re not stressing about not knowing where you’ll be getting married the day of. You’ll also need to meet with local vendors for food and flowers and schedule tastings with your caterer. If you’re having the wedding at a resort, chances are they have a wedding planner on staff who will make the process a whole lot easier.

 4. Are there Local Marriage Requirements?
The legal side of getting married in a different place can be complicated as many have a residency requirement, meaning you need to be in the country for a certain length of time before your ceremony. Do your research!
5. Tell Your Friends
Be sure to tell guests about the destination before inviting them to be in your bridal party in the event finances are tight. Don’t be offended if a loved one is unable to attend. Paying for the hotel, flight, and getting time off work can really add up!
6. Find the Perfect Dress
Don’t forget to choose attire appropriate for your destination! A princess gown may be beautiful, but not necessarily practical for a beach wedding.
We hope these tips will help you on your way to planning the perfect destination wedding!
Happy planning!