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How to Plan a Destination Wedding

More couples are choosing to get married in exotic locations as opposed to the traditional church wedding at home. While the destination wedding can be an exciting and unforgettable experience, planning your dream wedding can become time consuming and even stressful if not done properly.

Choose Your Destination Carefully

When it comes to destination weddings, there is a place for everyone. Some couples like the tropics, while others prefer a mild Mediterranean climate. No matter what location you choose, be sure to find out how many guests will attend your event. It is best to either limit your guest list to a few or select an alternative venue in case your first choice is too small to accommodate your needs.

Plan in Advance

Last minute destination weddings will often end in disaster. For many couples, this event will be one of the most important in their lives. Do you really want to plan such an event haphazardly? Couples who plan their destination weddings far in advance tend to have much greater experiences than couples who don’t. Many resorts will offer discounts to couples that reserve groups of rooms for themselves and their guests in advance. Travelling overseas will also require travel documents such as a passport, so couples will need to acquire these documents for themselves and their guests. Finally, potential guests will need to be given advance notice of the wedding so they can take time away from work and other commitments.

Consider Getting Married on a Cruise Ship

More couples are choosing cruise ships as the location for their destination weddings. There are a number of reasons for this. First, getting married on a cruise ship gives you a luxurious and romantic environment which is cost effective. Additionally, the cruise ship can easily accommodate your guests, and the ceremony can take place as the ship is on its way to an exotic location, where the honeymoon takes place. For instance, a couple can get married on a cruise ship headed to Tahiti, and then have their honeymoon in Tahiti itself. When selecting a cruise, be sure that it offers an officiant who can preside over the wedding, as some cruise lines don’t. Some cruise lines also require nuptials to be given prior to the departure of the ship.

Be Mindful of the Legalities

Every country has its own laws regarding marriage, some of which are distinct. Some countries require witnesses, applications for marriage licenses and even blood tests. Before traveling to a destination to elope, be sure that you understand all the laws regarding marriage. Because researching these laws can be time consuming, and take away from the planning of the ceremony itself, local guides can be hired to assist. Be sure they’re reputable, experienced and trustworthy.

Select Vendors Carefully

A destination wedding involves all sorts of services, including musicians, florists, caterers and DJs. Select these individuals with care, as many of them will require a portion of their payment in advance. Paying for services that are expected to be rendered at a future date always involves risk, so alleviate the risk by researching vendors carefully.

Destination weddings can be a lot of fun. Just make sure to plan properly, and your event is sure to go off without a hitch.

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