After giving you our first 3 tips on how to get started with planning your destination wedding in our previous post, let’s move onto more detailed advice. Remember- you’ll spend months planning your wedding, so let’s make sure this time is filled with excitement and fun!
HOW TO PLAN YOUR DESTINATION WEDDING-PART 2
Today, we’re turning our attention to choosing your wedding destination. This really is the first step after deciding you want to get married abroad- the choice of location will dictate everything from the choice of the actual venue, vendors and wedding date. There are a few things to consider when deciding on your destination, so let’s get into it:
1. CHOOSE A DESTINATION THAT IS MEANINGFUL TO YOU
It’s easy to get lost amongst endless choices of where your wedding should take place. From warm Mediterranean coasts to exotic destinations and romantic European cities- how do you choose? Your wedding destination should be somewhere you REALLY want to go. Consider places you’ve visited together in the past or destinations you’ve always dreamed of going to- your wedding is the perfect opportunity to cross those dream destinations off your bucket list.
2. CONSIDER LIMITATIONS OF YOUR DESTINATION WEDDING
While you might have your heart set on an exotic Caribbean Island for your destination wedding, there are a few things to consider before making the final choice. What budget are you working with? Can your guests make the journey to share your wedding memories? Do you and your guests have enough time off work to spend two whole days just for the travel?
These are important issues for you to consider. Unless you’re eloping, you’ll want your dearest with you on your wedding and unless your budget allows for you to cover everyone’s travel and accommodation you’ll have to take their ability (or willingness) to splurge on attending your wedding into account. The same goes for the length of journey- it’s no use going somewhere extremely far if the majority of your guests will not be able to make it. Taking two days off work is easier than arranging a week off to attend a wedding.
“Consider your budget, your time and those of your guests”
3. CONSIDER THE DOCUMENTATION AND LEGISLATION LIMITATIONS
While getting legally married abroad is relatively straightforward, there are some countries where this can be a problem. One such example is Spain- everyone’s dream Mediterranean destination. Unless one of you is a Spanish national or has been a legal resident there for at least 2 years, there is absolutely no way for you to get legally hitched there. If you don’t mind getting married at home and having a symbolic blessing on your wedding this will be fine, but if you really want to exchange your I DOs on your wedding day then Spain is out of the question.
There are a few popular wedding destinations that have rules you should be aware of, so some prior research is a good idea.
4. WHAT STYLE OF WEDDING WOULD YOU LIKE?
Here it’s really about your personal preferences- some destinations are more suitable for certain types of wedding than other. For example- having a spring/summer wedding, reception outdoors, want amazing food and rustic elegance? Italy. Venues seeping with luxury, impeccable service and one-of-a-kind cuisine? France. Sustainable wedding, smaller venue, amazing local products and off the beaten track? Slovenia.
Our point is- use the strong points of your destination to accommodate the overall style and feel of your wedding. While anything is possible wherever you choose to go, it’s just easier to plan an outdoor Mediterranean fairy tale in Croatia than the UK. See the video and you’ll know what we mean!
5. THERE ARE 12 MONTHS IN A YEAR
We all know that travel and accommodation tends to be more affordable off season and destination weddings are the same. Choosing a less popular month for your wedding is of course out of the question if you want a wedding on the beach, but keep in mind that there are destinations and venues out there that are absolutely spectacular in late Autumn and Winter.
Choosing the colder part of the year for your destination wedding will mean going for a venue where you can have everything in one place- consider venues with multitude of spaces available for your welcome evening, blessing, reception and party. We love working on city venues in Autumn and Winter- a beautiful hotel with a marvellous ballroom, a spa and superb restaurant is just what is needed for your perfect wedding.
Ljubljana, Prague, London, Bologna, Rome, Torino, Bern, Zurich and Vienna are amongst our favourites for Winter weddings, so give them a thought. And do have a look at this enchanted venue– we promise you won’t regret it!