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Destination wedding planning guide

You are here because you are ready to plan a destination wedding or you are at least considering it. 

If you are serious and considering planning a destination wedding, then you have come to the right place. 

Organizing a wedding abroad is no easy task. 

Whether you are planning a beach wedding somewhere fancy, or plan on getting married on a fancy vineyard or a mountain top somewhere in the world, then get ready to learn everything you need to know about planning that epic day. 

We have you covered from planning a Caribbean wedding, a European or Canadian wedding and anywhere else you might be considering.  

Planning a destination wedding is a major undertaking and following a simple guide like this one will save you so much stress and money. 

When you know what you are doing, you can truly have so much fun during the planning process, especially the fact that you might be heading out to some exotic location and having one of a kind wedding ceremony.

Lucky for you, we have a lot of amazing tips on the blog to help you design, plan and coordinate destination weddings that are budget-friendly and unique. 

Just like planning a wedding locally (in your hometown), you will still need to put the effort into planning it. 

What is a destination wedding?

Before you get started planning your big day, you will first need to decide what type of wedding you are planning on having.

A destination wedding is pretty much considered any wedding that takes place at least more than 2 hours away from where you reside.

Are you thinking of a nice tropical location?

A wedding in the mountains (This can be extremely pretty)?

Or a European wedding (Think France – more specifically, the South of France).

You can easily make this decision by either going to a destination location you have both been to or somewhere new! 

Enjoy this destination wedding guide.

How do you plan a destination wedding?

How to Plan the Perfect Destination Wedding

1. Consider Booking An All-Inclusive Location

If you are not familiar with your destination location, then we highly recommend booking an all-inclusive wedding resort.

Try booking a venue that offers in-house packages as this makes it extremely easy for you.

If they offer accommodation this is an even bigger plus as it will make it easier on your guests! 

2. Pay Attention To The Weather

Check your location for hurricanes and large storms.

A certain part of the world experience really crazy storms and this can ruin your vacation and wedding especially if it rains all week!

Look into it before deciding on hosting your wedding at that location! Your wedding planner should be able to check this out for you. 

3. Consider Your Wedding Guests

Consider your Guests

Always keep your guests in mind when planning a wedding. If you are planning a huge wedding the location should be something that is easy to get to especially for your guests.

If it’s fairly small you can choose to have it at places that are remote. 

Have a detailed itinerary for your guests with things to do, activities to plan and also allow for some downtime. It is like a mini-vacation.

Save the Dates

Always send out save the dates. As soon as your location is booked give your guests notice. Especially if travelling! People have jobs, lives, families and need to plan around your wedding dates!

Ensure you give them enough notice.

They will appreciate it!

Save on Decor

Take advantage of the decor and the view that your wedding venue provides. I would spend money on floral arrangements rather than adding a backdrop, charge plates and expensive added decor. Keep it simple.

Your guests will be enjoying the view instead! 

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Go ahead and book you next event, vacation or trip!


Photos: Amy Abbott Events

Still not sure if you should have a Destination wedding?

Here are our top 10 Reasons why you should consider doing a Destination wedding!  And enjoy our 5 top wedding floral arrangements! Perfect for a wedding by the beach! 

Contact us today for your plans!

Happy Planning

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