A destination wedding can provide an extra element of culture, intimacy, and excitement to what is already a day to remember. The exotic theme created by a destination wedding is alluring to many individuals, especially if their home environment fails to provide the desired wedding theme.
Logistically, however, a destination wedding creates many additional hurdles that a traditional wedding lacks. Fortunately, we have compiled a list of dos and don’ts that will allow you to enjoy all the exciting elements of a destination wedding while avoiding the daunting hurdles.
The first essential box to mark off your to-do list when planning a destination wedding is to be mindful of local traditions and customs. Whether your destination wedding will be held in an exotic domestic location or a tropical paradise abroad, it is essential to do your research regarding the area’s customs.
Being mindful of the area’s customs and local traditions will ensure that everyone at your wedding will enjoy themselves during the ceremony and during their time exploring the area’s tourist attractions. To ensure your special day is a success, destination wedding themes ought to match the setting in which it’s being held. Doing your research will ensure that your wedding’s theme is congruent with local traditions and the area’s environment.
On the topic of research, there’s a point from the don’t column – don’t conclude that a destination wedding is cheaper than a traditional wedding. Although many exotic destinations have the reputation of being inexpensive, there are plenty of extra costs associated with hosting a destination wedding that should not be overlooked.
Don’t underestimate the cost of airfare and lodging for you and your guests, and don’t be surprised if guests consider their attendance to be their wedding gift to you.
Additionally, don’t forget to research the area’s climate. For example, suppose you are planning a destination wedding on the beaches of Argentina. In that case, it is essential to remember that the Southern Hemisphere experiences summer during the Northern Hemisphere’s winter months and vice versa.
Some tropical wedding locations also experience rainy seasons, and nobody wants their ceremony spoiled by rain. Researching your destination’s climate will ensure that everyone packs appropriate apparel and that you avoid planning your wedding during unfavorable seasons.
When it comes to planning your destination wedding, another essential item on the do-list is ensuring that you give your guests ample notice of your wedding date. This means sending out save-the-date cards and wedding invitations much earlier than you would for a traditional wedding.
This is especially important for foreign destination weddings. You will want to ensure that you give your guests plenty of time to book their flights, find affordable lodging, and apply for necessary visas.
Even if you give your guests all the notice in the world, you don’t want to choose a destination that is difficult for your guests to access. Avoid destinations that have strict visa requirements. You also don’t want to select an area in which your guests might feel unsafe.
The final box to check off your to-do column gives you plenty of time to enjoy your destination. If you travel to an exotic destination, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to enjoy all the attractions your destination offers. Traditional weddings typically only take up a weekend; however, make sure you give yourself at least a week to get the most out of your destination wedding.