Destination Weddings... where to start and is it for you...
Updated: Jun 1
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 and will 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 ensuring 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 in which I take couples to visit some of the venues they really like the look of which gives them the chance to get a feel for the local area, check out the guest accommodation and try the local food and drink!!
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. Then 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 and then it’s 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 so you know exactly what you are getting, how much it costs, and when the payments are due.
Most couples choose to have a symbolic ceremony in a destination country, but 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!!!
Now imagine, the twinkle of fairy lights, the flicker of candles, the sound of traditional music playing for your ceremony. And then imagine you and your guests sat at your reception, outside in the warm evening air, watching the sunsets and chatting, chilled and relaxed and enjoying the most delicious food and wine before taking to a dance floor, lit by hanging lights, and dancing the night away.
What’s not to love!!!
So what are you waiting for?