With an increasing number of couples choosing to tie the knot in a country that isn’t their own, destination wedding are a stylish option for 2014. All weddings require a great deal of forward planning, and with a ceremony abroad this is particularly important. However, planning a destination wedding doesn’t have to be a stressful task, as long as you follow these simple steps.
Choosing where your destination wedding will take place is the first step and it can often be very difficult to decide. There are so many options to consider, including a beach ceremony in Italy or the Maldives, an animal sanctuary in Kenya or on a Norwegian voyage where your party can experience the midnight sun, like the package offered by Hurtigruten. If you got engaged on holiday, going back to that location for the wedding is a romantic choice.
Although many couples believe that weddings abroad are a more expensive option, they can actually work out cheaper than the average ceremony in the UK. You’ll probably be working with a smaller guest list, and have fewer people to cater for.
This can massively cut down on costs and mean that you can spend more on things like flowers, transport and the dress. The average wedding abroad is £7-8,000 and this includes all the essential elements.
Will your wedding abroad be legal? Familiarize yourself with these details before you start booking flights or a venue. You can find out more about the legal side of getting married in another country online. Remember that embracing local culture can really enhance your destination wedding, so why not integrate these elements in the food or music?
Looking After Your Guests
Destination weddings mean that the select number of family members and close friends invited must travel a significant distance to attend. The effort and expense involved for your guests should not go unnoticed or unappreciated. Your guests should have all the necessary information about the destination, airport transfers and the activities arranged for them before they leave the UK.
This can be achieved by sending out a ‘welcome pack’ for guests in advance of the date. It might be a good idea to organise a welcome meal for everyone before the wedding, so that your guests have a chance to meet each other and get acquainted. It can also be worth spending a little more time and money on personal favours for guests if your wedding is abroad, just to let them know that their commitment to your ceremony is valued.
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