HOW TO PLAN YOUR DESTINATION WEDDING?

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You’ve always imagined your nuptials in a certain vacation spot. Maybe you spent an idyllic vacation earlier in your relationship at a gorgeous resort somewhere in Bali, Indonesia or Perhentian Island in Malaysia. Or maybe one of you spent summer holidays at a quaint Australia or a rustic ranch somewhere peaceful. If it’s easy to graft a picture of yourselves in wedding duds onto those wonderful holiday memories, a destination wedding may be just the ticket for you.

Let’s get practical. Ah, it all sounds soooo delightfully dreamy. But a destination wedding still needs to be planned, in the everyday practical sense, same as any wedding. Here, five points you simply must consider:

  1. Early planning. You may think you have plenty of time, but when you start digging deeper, you may learn it’s a lot more stuff to think of than meets the eye. While six to eight weeks ahead is fine for sending invites to a traditional wedding, you’ll need to give four months’ notice—minimum—to guests invited to a wedding away.

“You may think you have plenty of time, but when you start digging deeper, you may learn it’s a lot more stuff to think of than meets the eye.”

  1. Lay everything on paper. Put everything that come to mind on paper. This is how you should start.
  2. Start assembling all pieces into a bigger picture. Once all done, then work you way to a more cleaner information by putting all pieces together. There, you will see a much more clearer picture what you’re about to face.
  3. Stick to your budget. While it’s true that it’s easier to keep costs in check with destination weddings (it’s that all inclusive thing), it’s still wise to keep an upper limit firmly in mind. That way, if you happen to start tooling around online and see the ever so slightly ritzier resort just a few steps down the beach from the first place you loved, you’ll be far less inclined to spend more.
  4. Be communicative. Send out save-the-date cards as soon as you know when and where you’ll be wed. It’s always a good idea to set up a wedding website to keep guests apprised of details. Let them know if you’ve set aside blocks of hotel rooms and how to book them, what to pack, what the itinerary of the event will be and so on. (Caveat: Keeping guests up to date is not the same thing as boring everyone to tears with details about the search for the perfect strappy sandal. Only give them the info they need.)

“If you’re less sure (or know the overall location—Thailand, Laos, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam—but not the specific spot), work with people who are familiar with the subject and the country you’re heading to.”

Where to go, and how to book?

If you already know the resort where you want to wed, then you’re ahead of the game. Simply call them or visit their website and find out if they have a wedding coordinator and what you need to do next. If you’re less sure (or know the overall location—Thailand, Laos, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam—but not the specific spot), work with people who are familiar with the subject and the country you’re heading to. You can also check out tourders.com which specialise in local experiences on destination wedding sites.