If you and your fiance love to travel, then you might consider getting married abroad for your wedding. It is a great way to celebrate your union, as well as being in a truly beautiful setting. You might consider a country that you both love, or even somewhere that neither of you has been to before. It can also double up as a honeymoon destination. So it works well for that reason too. Wherever you decide it will be, there is a lot to plan and organize; perhaps more than any other kind of wedding. So here are some essential things to remember. Then your wedding planning can run smoothly and be as stress-free as possible.
Pretty much after you get engaged, you need to be thinking about where you would like to get married. It is a good idea to narrow it down to perhaps two or three locations. Then the next step is to do some research into the legalities of getting married in those locations. There might be certain costs for licenses involved, so it all needs to be taken into account. Do you need to be in the country at least a week before the wedding date, so that you can sort things out? All of this needs to be checked so that it will all run smoothly for you.
The next thing to think about is the budget that is available. Then it might help to determine exactly where it will be. You can still get married abroad on a budget. It could just be on a beautiful beach somewhere, rather than a luxurious hotel or resort. So don’t panic if there is less in the budget that you thought there would be.
Once those decisions have been made, you need to know who will be coming. Knowing the number of guests helps you to narrow down the finer details like location specifics and things like catering. So one of the best things to do is to send out some save the date cards. You can gauge interest and make some plans from there. You could get some save the date cards from Pure Invitation online, or you could even make them yourself. Once those kinds of details have been organized, you can arrange things at the location. Will you want everyone to stay in the same hotel or just close by? Sending out details about flights and the destination to your guests will make it much easier for them to attend. It might even be a good idea to send them a reminder to check the date on their passports; as well as checking the expiry date on yours! If it needs to be renewed, then get it done as soon as possible.
Getting wedding and travel insurance are good ideas when you are planning a wedding abroad. You don’t want to be left with large bills, should anything untoward end up happening. If there is a contact at your wedding location, then make sure you keep in touch with them regularly. Be clear and specific about what you would like. Explain your expectations and what you want to do when you arrive in the country. Then your contact can make sure that they are around to help you out.
Once the major issues of getting married abroad are in place, then you can get the ‘regular’ wedding planning sorted out. So think about the wedding dress, bridesmaids, and groomsmen. It is much harder to rent these kinds of things when you are abroad, as it will mean renting out for quite a while. So it might be easier to buy these outfits to take with you. Consider the climate of the country that you are going to and choose the outfits accordingly. You should bear in mind how you will do your makeup and hair on the day too. Will you seek out a local person and hope for the best? Or perhaps you and a bridesmaid could have some practices before you fly. Then you can just do it yourself on the day. Make sure you take all of the equipment and makeup you need with you, as well as things like power adapters. Then you can recreate the look easily.
Then the last things to do are in the couple of weeks before you fly. Make sure that all your holiday essentials are packed, like suncream and travel clothes. Pack anything else that you might need for the wedding too, like a handheld steamer for the dress, for example. Good luck and enjoy planning your wedding!
*This post is contributed