Freezing temps and wintry precipitation in the Northeast have me excited to write about DESTINATION WEDDINGS! Last week I covered locations, adventures, vendor selection and tastings. Today I’ll indulge in expenses, law, planners and relaxation.
4) Expense Reports – How fun, right? Well when it has to do with your own expenses, yes! One of the most important aspects in planning a destination wedding is making sure that your finances are on par with what you’re doing. We don’t want you to run out of money while on a remote island or continent. Always budget for at least 30%-50% more than what you’re actually spending.
5) Know the Law! I usually encourage my couples to marry at City Hall and then hold all of the festivities at their destination. However, should you want to legally wed at your destination of choice, research any and all local marriage laws that may apply. Some countries have residency requirements such as needing to have lived in that country for a certain amount of time prior to your ceremony. In France, for instance, you can marry after 40 days of residency. Interesting, right?!
6) Your big day should go off without a hitch, even if you’re planning it all on your own! Hire a local Event Coordinator or Planner to assist with week of coordination. Have them welcome your guests and prepare itineraries for them. They should also assist with the actual Wedding Day preparations – i.e. handle any and all vendors – in order to ensure it all goes off without a hitch.
7) RELAX!! It’s your day and you should enjoy every moment of it! Some would even argue that you should enjoy it more than your guests! Let your Event Coordinator handle all of the stressful aspects of your day. That’s what you hire us for anyway, right?!
That’s all on Destination Weddings for now! Stay tuned for what I touch on next week!