You know what they say, timing is everything! And when it comes to a destination wedding, timing is key. This doesn’t just mean considering the weather but also the tourist season. Unfortunately when one is at its peak, so is the other. You either need to book well in advance or choose the tail end of the peak season to save yourself (and your guests) some serious coin.
Stationery (invitations are important!)
A destination wedding requires more money and more time for your guests, so you need to tell them well in advance! This means you need to send out a save the date as well as an invitation once the details are sorted. Once you have a venue booked you need to send out a very specific invitation with any helpful information you can find. Don’t forget to include things like which airport they need to fly into and the recommended hotel to stay at! Need some ideas? Look here.
If you can afford to take a trip to scout venues and other local services then please do! It’s very hard to plan so many different elements without knowing the area. Don’t forget to checkout local marriage requirements too so that you don’t get caught off guard and wind up not being able to make it official then and there. Some countries require you to be in the country a few days before you can legally tie the knot. Keep this in mind.
Do not forget to consider the weather when choosing the outfits for the bridal party! A tux and a vest on the beach in the middle of summer might look good in theory, but a puddle of sweat and a fainting groomsmen can certainly ruin the mood! It’s also a good idea to let your guests know what is acceptable to wear. For example if you were to be married in Bali it can be extremely hot so it might be a nice idea to let you guests dress more casual/beachy than the usual formal attire.
It will still look suitable given the environment!
Help your guests
While it is your big day don’t forget a destination wedding can be a lot to ask of your guests. They have to take time off work and make a lot of arrangements to make it there for you. Although obviously it will be an awesome time for them, the best thing to do is to help them as much as possible! If you can, try to arrange a group discount for accomodation and flights to make it easier on everybody. Any recommendations for things to pack or places to stay/eat will be very appreciated.