There’s nothing quite like a destination wedding—you get the romantic feeling of your honeymoon before it’s even begun, and all your guests are in a great, vacation-like mood that makes your wedding joyful and fun. While destination weddings are gorgeous, there’s a lot of planning that goes into the stunning ceremony before it takes place.
A major key of your wedding is ensuring you’re legally married as well, after the ceremony. Certain locations require different things—for example, the French require you or your parents to live in the city in which you plan to get married for at least 40 days before you say “I do!” Be sure to do your research before the wedding and have any necessary paperwork and certificates ready beforehand. If you’re unsure where to start this process, here’s the UK government’s page on getting married abroad.
The Guest List
One of the downfalls of a destination wedding is that it means some of your guests will be unable to attend. When deciding on your destination, consider who you are absolutely certain you can’t get married without, and choose a location that’s accessible for them (i.e., if your grandmother can’t hike to the top of a mountain for your wedding, perhaps another location is best). There’s no way you’ll have everyone you want at the wedding, but to be sure you have the most important there, plan accordingly!
Accept the Little Details
One of the nuances of getting married abroad is that you may find it’s difficult to plan the smallest details. Vendors may be unfamiliar with a certain tradition you’re seeking to incorporate, or perhaps the venue takes a more laid-back approach to event planning than you do. Planning your wedding from a distance can be tough, so you need to be prepared to not have that same level of control as you would at home.
If you’re looking at a non-English speaking location where you don’t speak the language, you’ll need to double check if you’ll be able to find an officiant who speaks English. If not, you may need an interpreter to translate during the ceremony.
Wardrobe changes are necessary for destination weddings. If you’re choosing to get married in a church or historic castle, you’ll likely be able to wear what you want, but if you’re planning something more tropical, consider the weather when planning your outfit (read: don’t make the mistake of walking down an aisle of sand in heels). From weather to walking, plan to wear what’s gorgeous but also comfortable for the venue.
While all the planning can be stressful, it’s important to still enjoy yourself on your wedding day! It’s one of the most important days of your life, so you want to be relaxed and happy to enjoy all the gorgeous moments you’ve spent your time planning.