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19 Tips For Planning A Destination Wedding

23rd February 2023

Destination weddings are a wonderful way to celebrate your big day in a unique and memorable way. Whether it be the place you first met, got proposed to, or simply have always dreamt of: this place will always hold a special place in your heart going forward.

However, planning a destination wedding can be quite daunting, as there are many details to consider. In this blog post, we’ll provide you with some helpful tips to ensure that your destination wedding is a stress-free success!

Scroll down to hear about one of our current favourite destination wedding locations!

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Choose the right destination

The first and most important step in planning a destination wedding is choosing the right location for you. There are a few things to consider when choosing a destination. 

Firstly, consider your budget and the budget of your guests (this will totally vary – so try to come up with an average that they would spend, based off of anything you will cover for them). You don’t want to choose a location that’s too expensive for you or your guests.

Secondly, consider the accessibility of the location. You want to make sure that it’s easy for you and your guests to travel to and from the location. 

Lastly, consider the climate and weather of the destination. You want to make sure that you choose a location that has good weather during the time of your wedding.

Hire a local wedding planner

Hiring a local wedding planner can be extremely helpful when planning a destination wedding. They will have knowledge and expertise in the local area, and will be able to recommend the best suppliers, venues, and activities. A local wedding planner can also handle any language barriers and cultural differences that may arise during the planning process.

Often, wedding planners abroad will also be able to have more bargaining power of offers with local suppliers.

Remember, if you are getting married in the UK, check out the Eternity Rewards Club for savings with local suppliers.

Check the legal requirements

Legal wedding requirements vary from country to country, and specifically in the UK you will require a legal registry marriage. It’s important for you to be aware of this and account for it in advance.

If you do this as a different local larger scale event, be sure to add it into your budget.

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Plan for your cultural event

Depending on which ceremony you are doing abroad, make sure your wedding planner is aware of your specific requirements and is able to arrange for a specific expert / priest to run the ceremony correctly.

If you and your family have any specific requirements, this is one of the first things to finalise. If it’s easier, consider flying your expert / priest out to the destination.

Consider all logistics

When planning a destination wedding, it’s important to consider the logistics of getting everything to the location. This includes shipping decorations, wedding favours, and other items that you’ll need for your wedding. You should also consider the cost of shipping these items, and whether it’s more cost-effective to purchase them locally.

Budget accordingly

Destination weddings can be more expensive, as the price per head, than local weddings due to the cost of travel and accommodations. It’s important to budget accordingly and factor in all the additional costs associated with a destination wedding. You should also consider the currency exchange rate and any additional taxes and fees that may be required. Remember to account for extra luggage allowance fees!

Check out some of the unexpected expenses of weddings here.

Consider the time of year

When choosing the date for your destination wedding, it’s important to consider the weather and climate of the location. You want to avoid monsoon season, extreme heat or cold, or any other weather conditions that may affect your wedding day.

In addition to this, consider any younger nieces / nephews / family members who may have school holidays. Working around these will help your guests out a lot, but may also raise travel expenses.

Consider speaking to a travel specialist.

Give your guests a heads up

It’s important to inform your guests of the details of your destination wedding as soon as possible. This includes the date, location, and any travel details they need to know.

You should also provide your guests with a list of recommended hotels and activities to do in the area, if you aren’t as fussed about everyone staying in the same hotel.

Consider bulk bookings

You should make travel & accomodation arrangements for yourself and your guests as early as possible. You may want to consider arranging group rates or discounts to help your guests save money.

If each guest will pay for their own accommodation, work out the best way to provide them with the bulk booking rates – hotels are used to this and will give you and your guests a reference / block out a certain number of rooms too.

Embrace the culture

If you’re getting married in a different country or culture, it’s a lovely idea to respect and embrace their traditions and customs. Whether it be serving the local cuisine, or getting local entertainment; all of these little aspects will enhance the experience.

It’s important to note that you may need to adjust your wedding ceremony or reception to fit with local customs and etiquette – especially any sound restrictions!

Make a pre-wedding visit

If possible, it’s a good idea to visit the destination before your wedding day. This will give you an opportunity to meet with vendors, scout out locations, and make any necessary adjustments to your plans.

Sometimes, it’s not always possible. Simran & Avjeet booked their France Chateau without having seen it!

Have a backup plan

It’s important to have a backup plan in case of inclement weather, travel delays, or other unforeseen circumstances. You should have a contingency plan for your wedding ceremony and reception, as well as any activities or excursions you have planned for your guests.

Choose the right venue

When selecting a venue, consider the number of guests you’re inviting, the style of wedding you want, and the location. You’ll also want to consider the amenities the venue offers, such as catering, decor, and lighting.

Ask for local recommendations

Get recommendations from locals or travel experts on the best places to eat, drink, and see in the area. This can be especially helpful if you’re not familiar with the location or if your guests are coming from out of town.

Arrange group activities

Arrange for group activities that your guests can enjoy together, such as a group excursion or a group dinner. This will help your guests bond and create lasting memories together.

Budget, prep & pack wedding bags

Welcome bags are an incredibly thoughtful way to greet your guests and show them that you appreciate their presence. Include items such as local snacks, a map of the area, and a list of recommended activities and attractions.

Most importantly, include a wedding itinerary so your guests know where & when they should be for meals & events.

Hire a good wedding photographer

As with all your wedding events, hire a good photographer & videographer, that understands your vision, to capture your special day. You’ll want to have beautiful photos to look back on and share with your friends and family.

Create a wedding website

Having a wedding website is a great way to keep your guests informed about your wedding plans. You can use it to share important information such as travel details, accommodation options, and the wedding itinerary.

Enjoy the moment

Most importantly, remember to enjoy the moment and soak up all the special memories of your destination wedding. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so make the most of it!

a destination we love

Recently, we have seen a number of stunning weddings take place in Tenerife.  It’s a stunning location, and super popular.

Weddings By Sian & Tarry, are incredible Tenerife wedding planners. From day one, till the day of, they can look after everything for your big day.

Did you know? Moments & More designer, Nimisha, got married in Tenerife, planned by Sian & Tarry, and had wonderful things to say!

Here are our top 7 reasons to choose Tenerife as your 2023 / 24 wedding destination.

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Beautiful scenery

Tenerife is known for its stunning natural scenery, including the rugged coastline, pristine beaches, and stunning mountains. There are many beautiful locations for a wedding ceremony or reception, including cliffside venues and beachfront resorts.

Good weather

Tenerife enjoys warm weather throughout the year, making it an ideal location for a destination wedding. The island is known for its mild temperatures and sunny days, which means you can plan an outdoor wedding without worrying about the weather.

Tons of accommodation

The beautiful destination has a wide range of accommodation options to suit all budgets and preferences, from luxury resorts to cosy guesthouses. This means you can easily find the perfect place to stay for you and your guests.

Great food & drinks

Tenerife is known for its delicious cuisine and locally produced wines. You can incorporate local specialties into your wedding menu, such as fresh seafood and Canarian potatoes.

Activities for everyone

The destination offers plenty of activities and attractions for guests of all ages and interests. From water sports to hiking trails, there’s something for everyone to enjoy before and after the wedding.

Good travel connections

Tenerife is well-connected to the rest of Europe and has two airports, making it easy for you and your guests to travel there. There are also plenty of transportation options on the island, including taxis, buses, and car rentals.

Experienced wedding suppliers

Tenerife has a thriving wedding industry, with plenty of experienced wedding planners, photographers, and other vendors available to help you plan your perfect wedding day.

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