by: Jasmine Anderson
Your special day should be celebrated the way you have always dreamed about. Whether is it a big festivity with all your friends or relatives or eloping on a private and secret getaway, you are the ones who have to put all the cards on the table and decide. When it comes to planning a destination wedding, there are some helpful tips to make you decide better on what to do on your unique day
1. There Is a Location For Everyone
First things first – location! Before doing any other things on your checklist, selecting a perfect location is a must. Your wedding location determines many things such as the number of people you will invite, the travel and accommodation expenses, the mood and the general budget itself. Couples with little more money to spare can travel off to an exotic location, others can also have an unforgettable and gorgeous destination wedding in a charming beach town, or next to a picturesque and iconic city view
2. Plan in Advance
Before you head off to your mesmerizing wedding location, make sure that you have organized everything meticulously. That being said, visit the location beforehand to get the general outlook of the venue, book the resort in time so to get the best ocean view from your room, inform all the guest, and pack the passports and other necessities needed for that location. What is more, the weather plays an important role so opt for the best season in order to have an abundance of the light breeze and nice sunshine.
3. Sort Out the Legalities Before You Go
The most crucial thing is to make your marriage legal, thus it should be your top priority to check all the requirements needed before you set off. Because if you are a couple from the LGBT community, you have to be assured that the country you plan in getting married can provide all the regularities for your marriage. If you wish to get married in Sydney at an intimate location, such as at the magical Northern Beaches or at the peaceful North Shore Park, you only need to book the ceremony appointment and complete the NOIM (The Notice of Intended Marriage). For any other destination, just check the local laws in order for it to be authenticated when you return.
4. Consider Getting A Prominent Vendor
Even though you can check the pricing and view the vendors’ portfolio online, you still have to make sure that everything is in the right order. If you don't have a chance to visit the site before the wedding, schedule a video chat or organize a Skype call with the potential vendors to double-check all the items. Since you will be spending a significant amount of money, research in detail all the musicians, caterers, florist, and photographers in advance. It is always better that you have a certain choice, rather than get the leftovers.
5. Focus On the Details
You have to dress for the occasion – and the location! Again, double-check the weather and dress appropriately. Light and breathable fabrics work the best in hot and humid areas, so dress for the climate and encourage your guest to do the same. When you have picked your destination and informed the guests, check the flight dates, transfer, whether you need any medicaments, visa or if everything is packed. The last thing that you would want is to start stressing out due to little things that you have forgotten, such as the shoes. Also, you should agree in advance who would be in charge of the budget, sometimes everything is on the bride and the groom, but since you are traveling to a foreign destination, you should ask your parents whether they would like to help.
6. Breathe In and Let Everything Out
Last but not the least – have fun and relax! Sometimes that is easier said than done, but there will always be minority issue that you just couldn't plan out or control. Even if some destination planners advice for the couples to arrive few days in advance to avoid any potential problem, if they do occur, don't stress out. It is your special day and you have done it all to make it a magical one. As long as you have supportive family and friends, it will all run smoothly, you should just enjoy.
You have chosen the perfect lifelong partner, adding that to a fabulous destination wedding – and you are in for a blast! Just don't let little thing ruin the first day of the rest of your lives.
Brian & Ted's marriage took place at the hidden paradise Wyndham Rio Mar.
Such a joyous high-spirited celebration full of love and friendship. It was a true love story, passionate and very spiritual!
Read more about this couple.
Photographer: Rosedramos Photography//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:9 Tailors//DJ: HighSetup//Floral Designer:Lorraine Flowers//Ceremony Location:Wyndham Grand Beach Resort Spa//Reception Venue:Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort and Spa//Event Planner: Wyndham Grand Wedding Coordinator//