How to plan a Destination Wedding

  1. Choose a meaningful location.

Keep in mind that your destination must have all of the resources you need; that charming beach town where you spent your childhood summers won’t work if it only has one hotel that can’t accommodate all your guests.

  1. Notify guests well in advance.

This is one of the most important destination wedding tips. It’s important to give your nearest and dearest have plenty of time to calculate if they can afford the cost of traveling to your ceremony and reception.

  1. Embrace the setting to save big.

Slash your décor budget by incorporating local blooms — think olive branches and grape leaves in Tuscany or exotic flowers and plants in the tropics

  1. Consider your guests.

Try to put everyone in one reasonably affordable hotel. If price is an issue, find a less expensive spot 10 minutes away. Don’t set your date until you’re sure there’s room availability for everyone.

  1. Hire a pro.

Make sure to find a planner or coordinator that specializes in destination weddings. This way, instead of spending hours on phone calls trying to overcome a language barrier or making executive decisions about flowers and ceremony site from miles away, you have an expert on hand to take care of it all for you.

  1. Visit in advance.

Ideally, you’d see your venue once before booking and again three to four months before the wedding to finalize details. If a second trip’s not possible, arrive at least five days early to make those decisions and do a hair and makeup trial.

  1. Entrance Visa

Pick a destination where all your guests can enter easily.

  1. Budget for vendors.

If you decide to bring specialists from home, expect to cover their travel and lodging costs; a clean, safe hotel within 30 minutes of your venue is a must. Negotiate these expenses up front so things don’t get out of control.

  1. Stuff that suitcase.

Shipping overseas is risky and expensive, so always try to pack as much as possible into checked luggage.

  1. Tailor your wedding dress to the destination.

Breathable fabrics work best in hot, humid locations. Lightweight lace in Mexico is stunning, as is an embellished ball gown at a villa in France.

Rania Anklis- certified Dubai wedding planner – The Day Events. Dubai weddings