Planning a destination wedding can be a big deal, but it can also offer an adventure of a lifetime – for you and your spouse, and also for your guests. Of course, though, you really need to plan in advance. A destination wedding is not necessarily something you can plan last minute – unless of course you have a jumbo jet and a private island that you can whisk everyone off to. If you don’t – don’t worry, most people don’t – you will need to plan and then plan some more. Here is how to plan a destination wedding.
Look For Hotel Wedding Packages
If you are booking hotel rooms for a number of guests, and if you have a budget for it, you may want to look into hotel wedding packages. Many of your guests will cover their own travel, but it is customary to provide the hotel rooms – at least to your closest friends and family. A lot of hotels have more affordable packages if you book more than one room over a certain amount of time.
Pick Someplace Centrally Located, So To Speak
When you do pick a location for your destination wedding, you may not want to make it too far off in the middle of nowhere. You don’t want your guests to have to trudge through rainforests or deserts to get to the wedding location. If you live on the East Coast, you may want to choose a small island a few hours off the coast. If you live in a major metropolitan city, you may want to choose some place a few hours off a busy highway, so it is relatively easy to get to.
Send Your “Save The Dates” Far In Advance
Of course, when you are inviting your guests, you want to make sure they actually come. If you are booking hotel rooms and spending a lot of money, you want to fill seats. And, of course, you want your friends and family to be there with you to celebrate the big day. Even if you aren’t sure when the exact day is, you want people to reserve a big week in the calendar – you can always send the official invite. You want to give people enough time to ask for time off and to book their travel.
Factor In The Exchange Rate
When you are booking hotel rooms, plane flights and venue space, you want to be sure that you factor in any exchange rates. Even if the rate is beneficial to you, you still want to factor it into your total budget. Who knows, you may have a bit more money to spend elsewhere, like flying a few more people into the wedding.
Make Sure That You Research Local Laws
On top of everything, you want to research the local laws. This is important, because you want to make sure that your guests respect local laws and traditions. Moreover, you want to make sure that your entertainment act doesn’t break any laws, especially when it comes to obscenities. In the end, this is just a precaution, but an important precaution nonetheless.