What is a destination wedding? The answer is anything that is 100 miles away from where you, the bride, are located. The following are some tips for having a perfect destination wedding.
Consider the Location and the Season
Is it cold or warm? To pick the perfect location, if it isn’t a place you know well, you should consider the following:
1. Take a trip and scout the location. It is good to know upfront if the potential venue is next to a construction site or a cemetery. For example, August in Europe is desolate as everyone is on vacation so it may be a great time for you and your guests.
2. Winter can be less costly for a venue after the holidays whereas Spring can be the most difficult and expensive to book due to popularity. Don’t forget that seasons are different depending on which side of the equator you are on. Winter in the U.S. is Summer in New Zealand and vice versa.
3. Is there help available? Specifically, is there a local wedding or event planner at the location for your big day? Most high caliber resorts offer free planning to assist couples, whether for a small group or a hundred. There are also a plethora of packages to keep things simple, yet customizable no matter your tastes. Other options include a good wedding planner that specializes in long-distance weddings. Such a person will be able to tell you if there are marriage requirements on foreign soil including residency and the number of days you must be there to be married.
4. Once the destination is determined, it is essential to work through what the perfect wedding dress should entail. If you are in an island environment, expect heat and humidity. Keep this in mind as you are choosing your gown; otherwise, you’ll be in for an uncomfortable time on your wedding day. A mesh dress is better for tropical weather while cold weather may require tights or a luxurious wrap.
Consider Your Guests
A destination wedding tends to be exotic which can also cut back on the number of guests able to attend without ample notice. Time to plan ensures those who want to see your nuptials have the opportunity. Being able to share your special day with the ones you love will take a bit more planning and consideration of their physical conditions, age, and needs.
A Few Do’s and Don’ts:
- Do have a trial run with hair and makeup to know how the climate will affect it, and be ready to accommodate mother nature.
- Do have a backup plan for the outdoor setting to an indoor one in case of unexpected weather.
- Do remember to enjoy the experience and the people.
- Don’t ship essential items that can’t be replaced easily.
- Don’t over plan every minute for your guests — let them enjoy and relax.
- Don’t worry as it won’t add anything to you or your wedding except a frown line.
If you are shopping in the Atlanta area, head to TK Bridal & Alterations in Sandy Springs today to discover your perfect gown for you your ideal destination wedding. No matter the location, you’ll want to get your dress selected and fitted knowing it’ll all be done close to home, no matter the destination wedding