Q. Why should we have a destination wedding?
A. Destination weddings are a great choice for many couples for a variety of reasons.
The great financial savings over a traditional wedding is appealing, and for many guests they may have to be travelling to attend the wedding anyway.
It can be a fabulous option if couple want to reduce the number of guests who will attend such as with many large Italian or Eastern European weddings.
Whatever the reason, a destination wedding could be the perfect way to say “I do!”
Q. Where is the best place for a Destination Wedding?
A. Traditionally, destination weddings were thought of as island or tropical affairs. However, a destination wedding simply means you are traveling away from home to get married. The destination you choose could be a town or city where your family or ancestors are from,, a place you have always wanted to visit or somewhere that seems to be ideally suited to your big day.Many places offer incentives to couples bringing a group so the costs are also a factor when choosing a wedding destination. I chose a cruise and got married in the port of Venice, Italy. It was a perfect location to invite guests from UK, Europe and Canada. It is your wedding and the main people who need to be happy with location choice is you!
Q. Who pays the cost of a Destination Wedding?
A. It has historically been customary for the bride’s family to pay for the wedding. However, in modern times, many couples are paying for the event themselves, particularly if it is not the first marriage for the bride or if the family lacks the resources to finance it. Still, no matter who is paying for the wedding, Guests are usually responsible for their own accommodations and expenses.Many places offer incentives to couples bringing a group so the costs of the wedding can often be covered by the group incentives.
Q. When should we inform guests?
A. Because guests will be expected to pay travel and accommodation costs, it is best to give as much notice as possible. Therefore, no less than 6 to 8 months prior to the date, you should send save the dates. These little notices simply let potential guests know what you have in mind so they can plan accordingly. Additionally, you can publish a wedding website that outlines important information about your upcoming day. These types of sites are typically very simple to put together and can be very helpful for notifying guests about updates and changes that may occur. If you would like us to make your wedding website we can do this for you.
We will create a save the date and wedding booking link for you and your guests as part of our extensive service.
Q. What should we wear?
A. In regards to clothing, a destination wedding is no different from any other wedding. While the location may play a small role, it really depends on the taste and budget of the couple.
Some choose to maintain a formal dress code, while others opt for casual beach attire. Whether you want black tie and tails, flip flops and board shorts or something in between, the choice is yours; just make sure you tell your guests about the anticipated dress code. They may assume that tropical atmosphere equals casual dress and choose a wardrobe that does not fit the occasion. Just remember the heat will play a big factor in your comfort on the big day so try to dress accordingly and make sure that your wedding party enjoy the day rather than melting and jumping in the pool to cool off.
Q. Who will plan and coordinate our destination wedding?
A. We will help you every step of the way. We have done over 1500 weddings and we know a thing or two about how to make it just perfect for you both. Once we help you decide on the location we will book your wedding and start helping you with the planning. That is if you want help… some couples want to do it all themselves with the resort so we will just be there as back up for anything you need..
Q. What preparations should we make in advance?
A. There are some precautions that you should take regardless of where you intend to go.
When preparing to travel anywhere outside the country.
Bring your passport and leave a photocopy of it with a trusted friend or relative who is not going to the event, in case it gets lost or stolen. Carry a copy in your phone too.
Check with your doctor and insurance to ensure that your vaccinations are current and to inquire about others that may be necessary.
Bring any medications you routinely take.
Pack an extra pair of reading glasses.
Leave unnecessary valuables and irreplaceable items at home.
In addition to routine travel necessities and precautions, some preparation depends on where you are going.
Q. What documentation will we need to get married and will it be legal back home?
A. Due to the differences in regulations from one location to the next, some couples fear that their destination wedding will require extensive paperwork and other red tape or that they will run the risk of finding out later on that their marriage is not considered legal back home.
We will help you with this. If you get married under the laws of the country you are going to then your marriage will be legal back home. IE. Imagine if every immigrant did not have their marriage recognized… With correct paperwork and arranging your wedding will be legal. Some countries require different things and again we will help you with this.