Updated: May 19, 2020
Destination wedding tips from the experts at Elias Events.
There’s something romantic about getting married in a picture-perfect destination. Maybe it’s where you first said I do or on a secluded beach someplace tropical. But, before you jet off to a foreign land to marry your love, there’s more to consider than the venue itself. Aside from cost, possible language barriers and currency exchange you also have to keep in mind the timing, location, your guest’s ability to travel and more. Take a few deep breaths, Elias Events Weddings is here to help.
Throwing a destination wedding means you're in for a much more intimate ceremony and but you’ll get to save some money with the two-for one wedding and honeymoon. We’ve put together some important details to consider as you start planning your dream destination wedding.
1. Choose the PERFECT location.
Your wedding location determines not only the mood (rustic, romantic, beachy), but also the travel, time and budget required to pull it off. Your dream location may be Tuscany, but a beautiful California vineyard is also a great option. Make sure the timing is right, while the off-season may be cheaper with fewer crowds, the weather can be a gamble.
2. Give everyone plenty of heads up.
This is the most important wedding tip especially when your planning a destination wedding. Make sure to give guest list and bridal party plenty of notice so they can get the best deals on flights and accommodations. We recommend sending out the save-the-dates at least eight months in advance. Don’t set your date until you’re sure there’s room availability for everyone. Don’t worry, we can help you confirm availability.
5. Hire a pro.
Instead of spending hours on the phone and risking a potential wedding disaster you’ll have an expert on hand to take care of everything for you.
6. Check out the location in advance.
In the perfect world you’d see your venue once before booking and again 3-4 months before the wedding to finalize all the details. If you can only afford one trip, we recommend arriving at least five days early to make all the final decisions including a hair and makeup run through.
9. Pack your suitcase but not the dress.
Shipping is risky and expensive especially overseas, so pack as much as possible into checked luggage. Except the dress, always carry your dress on board the plane, just make sure someone at the other end can press and steam it.
10. Make sure your wedding dress is appropriate to the destination.
The last thing you want be is sweating underneath a heavy pile of fabric. Keep in mind the weather of your chosen destination, breathable fabrics work best in hot, humid locations.