My guide to planning Destination Weddings
Updated: Aug 6
Many couples really don’t know where to start when planning a destination wedding. Information online can sometimes make it seem daunting and off putting, but please don’t worry.
Planning a destination wedding is actually easier than planning a wedding at home as long as you have a wedding planner who knows the area and location you choose.
Guide you through each step.
Advise you on budget.
Recommend venues based on your requirements.
Negotiate with, recommend and coordinate suppliers.
Manage all timelines and appointment times and give you help and guidance.
This will ensure that you are relaxed and can enjoy the fun parts of planning your destination wedding, such as choosing your dress and spending hours looking through Pinterest for dreamy inspiration, having fun on your hen and stag weekends and generally enjoying the whole process
A good planner will take the burden and responsibility of trying to plan a wedding in another country off your shoulders.
In fact, most of my couples do not come and view their wedding venue before booking their wedding as they trust my advice and feel comfortable that I have helped them choose the perfect venue and location specifically for their requirements and wishes.
Having said that, I do offer a guided three day tour of your chosen location.
This is when I take couples to visit some of the venues they really like the look of.
This gives them the chance to get a feel for the local area, check out the guest accommodation and try the all the food and drink!!
First Steps of Planning
So what are the first steps when planning? You need to have an idea of guest numbers, time of year, style of wedding/venue, also a rough idea of budget.
Set Your Budget
Wedding finances needs to be one the first decisions you make, this is absolutely vital.
The cost of a wedding can easily get out of control, so not setting a budget early on can lead to many mistakes.
Your wedding planner can help hugely with keeping your budget on track.
Once you have decided what you can afford, you can then split the budget up into different categories such as...
Food and drink
Accessories such as jewellery and shoes
Music and entertainment
Once you have your budget in place your planner will talk about venues that are appropriate.
The next step is to give you info, photos, videos and an idea of price of all the venues that are suitable.
Then it is up to you to decide if you have fallen in love with any of them.
Before you book a venue you should receive a proposal for each venue documenting the exact costs of your wedding day.
This will let you know exactly what you are getting, how much it costs, and when the payments are due.
Type of Ceremony
Most couples choose to have a symbolic ceremony in a destination country.
However, for the couples choosing a civil or religious ceremony they tend to worry about the paperwork, the translations and deadlines.
But your planner is an expert and will take you through everything step by step, making the whole process seem easy.
The options of having an outdoor ceremony and reception are limitless as so many places offer even civil ceremonies outside now.
Imagine a beautifully restored chateau, a castle ruin, a stunning villa set in lush gardens, an agriturismo within a vineyard, a gorgeous beach, a modernised Masseria in the stunning countryside producing its own food and wine!!!
Music and Lights
Now imagine, the twinkle of fairy lights, the flicker of candles, the sound of traditional music playing for your ceremony.
Then visualise you and your guests enjoying your reception, outside in the warm evening air, watching the sunsets and chatting, chilled and relaxed.
You will be savouring the most delicious food and wine before taking to a dance floor, lit by hundreds of hanging lights and a sky full of stars and dancing the night away.
What’s not to love!!!
So what are you waiting for?
Get in touch with me to start your dream wedding planning at
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