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Destination weddings are becoming more and more popular each year. They allow the chance for an amazing holiday, ceremony, time spent with friends and family and a honeymoon all rolled into one. They also guarantee better weather than ones at home too (providing you pick the right destination and time of year).
- Make sure you start planning well in advance – up to a year is advisable to make sure you are able to organize everything and to give your guests enough time to book flights and time off work.
- The first thing to decide upon is your destination. Current popular overseas wedding destinations include Italy, Thailand, and Caribbean islands such as Antigua and Barbados. Think about whether you want to go long or short haul, flight prices, visas and best time of year to visit, as these could all affect your choice.
- Decide if you want to honeymoon in the same destination as your wedding, this could save you both time and money. Think romantic beach honeymoons in the Caribbean, elegant city breaks in Spain or Italy, or exotic explorations in Thailand or Indonesia.
- Once you’ve decided on your destination, look into any legal requirements you need, such as marriage licenses, visas etc. The embassy of your chosen destination is a good place to ask these questions and find out what you need.
- When the legalities are finalized you can start working out your wedding budget – how many guests you want, what type of venue you want and how you want to spend your honeymoon afterwards.
- Now you know your destination, have got all your legal documentation and have decided on a budget, it’s time to choose your venue – most likely a resort or hotel. If you can, visit a few places before you make your decision, so you get a good feel for the place. Many resorts and hotels have wedding packages, which include the ceremony, reception, meal, flowers, cake and decorations. It’s a good idea to go for one of these as you don’t really want to be trying to bring flowers and cake on the plane or trying to organize these in a foreign language.
- Book a date with your venue, thinking about time of year, holidays and climate. Finalize your travel arrangements, then send out invitations to all your guests. All these things should be done at least 6 – 12 months before the wedding.
- Talk with your wedding coordinator at the resort about what type of ceremony you want – if you want a registrar, priest, celebrant, rabbi; the type of theme you want; colours; music and photographer.
- All the regular wedding preparations such as dresses, suits, accessories and rings can be done at home and brought on the plane with you.
- Around three months before the wedding, check all RSVPs and finalize your guest list to give to your venue. This is also the time you can finalize the menu, taking into account any dietary requirements.
- Make sure your passport has at least six months left on it, as many countries require this for entry.
- Two weeks before the wedding reconfirm all arrangements and ensure you have all travel and wedding documentation.
- Finally, make sure your arrive at least 36 hours before your wedding day, so that you can have time to sort out any mishaps, relax and get over any jet lag.
Summer weddings are fast approaching and, for a bride and her bridal party, it’s crucial that the big day goes smoothly. With hair, makeup and last minute problems that spring up throughout that day, a bride should be prepared to walk down that aisle and feel as comfortable as possible.
To get prepared, lists are made, but make sure to include these essential products! Make sure the bride has all her go-to products packed in an accessible yet stylish bag like this one from Kao Pao Shu. This bag provides enough room for the bride or bridal party to pack a great slip-on dress for when she’s lounging around the room Micro Stripe Dress, her comfy terry cloth robe Marigot Collection and “Wifey” sweatshirt if she gets a little chilly.
Make sure to also avoid any allergy attack for the bride and her party with a pack or two of an all natural, herbal allergy supplement, AllergEase. These lozenges will help the wedding party keep a healthy immune system and will avoid any unknown or unpleasant allergy emergency.
Before the big day hits, be sure your bridal party has all her and their essential needs!