ARE YOU FRAIGHTENED ABOUT A DESTINATION WEDDING?
It’s been a while since you met him, he smiled at you and that made you blush; there he was, him and his sheepish look.
And now you are here, figuring out if you made the right decision of flying away from home and get married in the city of your dreams; in that city to which you feel bonded, happy and glowing. As a person that got married in a destination wedding and help happy couples from around the globe to have their dreamed wedding, I can tell you that is always a good idea and there is no reason to be worried about as long as you make the following tips yours.
1. Local supports – should you hire a wedding planner?
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There are some venues and hotels that have a wedding planner as a part of the team and services they offer in their property, but you must know that everything that is not related to what is about to happen in their property is out of their scope. Imagine that you’re having an issue with your wedding dress a couples of days before the wedding, a wedding planner can help you and guide you to solve this issue, or maybe you’re getting married in a religious ceremony, the coordination of the ceremony is also the wedding planner responsibility.
If you do not know anyone in the city of your destination, you should get a friend which in this case will be your wedding planner, a person that you have decided and have trusted in her/him to help you not only in the venue and party, but also to help you with all the troubleshooting before and during the event. This will be the person that will build the perfect team for your wedding.
2. Finding the perfect venue – should you go for your favorite destination?
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Maybe you’re doubting in between getting married in a near country or getting married in a faraway destination. In order to decide your destination you will have to follow your heart and consider the kind of travel in regards the traveling time that your guest will be willing to do.
If you expect most people to travel for only for the weekend of your wedding, choose a nearest location, maybe under half a day’s flying time from where your guests will be traveling. The more direct the flights are, the better a location will be for your guests, maybe you expect to have guests that can only travel for a weekend, and this is something that should be considered.
Remember that is you and your loved ones, people will be traveling no matter where your wedding is held, your guests may find your destination wedding as an opportunity to travel abroad into a county that they probably would choose for a trip for their own.
3. Legal or symbolic ceremony – which option should I go for?
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If you are planning to have a religious ceremony, you must consider that depends on the religion institution, you will probably need to get the approval and permissions from them in order to get married abroad, a lot of paperwork and bureaucracy will have to be followed. You will also have to consider that in some countries, a religious ceremony is not valid for legal purposes, so you will must celebrate a civil service back home.
4. Customs & flying with the dress – what should I consider?
I recommend you to travel with just the necessary wedding items from home and always in a carry one or the luggage that always travel with you (bag, backpack, etc.)
Shipping outside your country is not the best idea for the things that matter for your wedding day. Check- in luggage and packages can get lost as they’re no longer with you, it’s better to have your wedding items with you and pay the airline baggage fees if necessary. The good news is that you are traveling with friends and family and they can help you distribute your items to reduce these fees.
Another thing that has to be considered is that the majority of the airlines are prepared for this situations and you can have your wedding dress or suit hanged on the plane, but unfortunately there are some airlines that not consider this, so you must double check this prior taking your flight so you can be prepare for this.
Now you’re ready, ready for walking on the aisle and find him, find his sheepish look that made you fall in love in the first place, cheers!