You’re getting married! Being engaged is a big step in a relationship, and now comes the fun part. Planning a destination wedding can be stressful, but we’ve got a guide on how to get started planning your destination wedding that will help ease any anxiety you may feel. What are you waiting for? Keep reading!
Make a Checklist
To kick off your wedding planning, create a checklist. This list will help you streamline what you still need to do and show you what you have already done.
Decide on a Budget
The most important thing is to save your money. It may surprise you that destination weddings can sometimes be less expensive than their traditional counterparts. You’ll have extra money to spend on the things that matter when you create a detailed budget and adhere to it.
For example, you can save money on flowers by allowing the florist to use different types of flowers in the same shade and shape instead of sticking to a single type. The best way to save money is by shopping around.
Plan Your Guest List
When planning your guest list, your budget should be at the forefront of your mind. Think about which family members and friends will be able to travel to distant locations. Some people may have difficulty traveling due to health risks, work, or budget constraints.
A good rule of thumb for a destination wedding is to invite the people who matter most to you and your fiancé. You can plan on having a large reception closer to home for those you didn’t invite or who couldn’t make it. That way, they’ll still be able to celebrate the fantastic news.
Pick Your Destination and Venue
When deciding on a location, keep in mind your budget and your guests’ budgets.
After you’ve landed on a destination, decide where you’d like the ceremony to take place. Consider the aspects you’d like to include for your reception and ceremony. Would you like a bar? How many different food options would you like to provide for guests? Some couples go all out for these decisions, while others limit the choices due to budget constraints.
Don’t want to worry about catering? Have your wedding at an all-inclusive venue!
Know Which Documents You’ll Need
A few documents required for a destination wedding include:
- Birth certificate
- Proof of divorce or death certificate (for those who’ve been married before)
- Change of name documents
Check to make sure your local court will recognize the marriage as legal.
Send Invitations Out Early
Allow guests an ample amount of time to plan for a destination wedding. Some attendees may need to take time off work, save up money, find childcare, and make travel arrangements. These things take time.
Perhaps you’ve always dreamed of having a destination wedding, or maybe you want to honeymoon where you get married. Whatever the case may be, there are many excellent reasons you should have a destination wedding.
This guide on how to get started planning your destination wedding will help ease any stress you feel about planning a wedding. Congratulations, and enjoy the big day!