A wedding is one of the most notable days in the life of many couples, and it is so important that you make that day special for the two of you. One perfect way to memorialize your big day is to plan a destination wedding in a place that is significant to you. Having your wedding in a location away from home is not difficult, but it does take a little planning.

Decide on Your Destination

One of the first things to do after making the decision to have a destination wedding is to decide exactly where you want to be married. Do you want to be married in a tropical location? Do you envision a beautiful wedding atop a mountain plateau? Or do you dream of a wedding in a different country? Where you get married will determine how much work you may have to put into planning your wedding. If you plan to leave the country, you will need to make sure all of your wedding party and your guests have their passports and other documentation ready to go. If you want to get married on the beach, you will need to choose a wedding date that is not during peak storm season. It is important to decide on your destination early on to give yourself some lead time to make any additional plans that pertain to your location.destination-wedding-2

Album layout from our client Victoria, FL

Choose an Appropriate Venue for Your Ceremony and Reception

Once you have decided on your destination, you then need to choose a venue. When picking out a place to get married, you will need to consider how many people will be present to ensure there is enough space for everyone. You may want to consider having your wedding at a nice resort, since many of them offer all-inclusive wedding packages that you can customize yourself. If you want to be less traditional, you may want to consider other locations that are more in line with your personality, such as a favorite restaurant, memorial, or other attraction that is special to you and your fiancée.

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Think About Your Guests

If you will be having guests at your destination wedding, you may want to consider creating an itinerary for them, providing some fun things to do while they are there for your wedding. Consider planning some fun activities that are popular at your particular destination. If you are getting married in the wine country, set up a nice wine tasting for everyone to enjoy. Destination weddings are about getting everyone together to celebrate your special event, and taking this extra time with them will make your wedding even more memorable.destination-wedding1-1024x512

Album layout from our client Lindsey, TX

While planning a destination is not as detail-oriented as a traditional wedding, there are still a lot of things to prepare. You may even want to consider hiring a wedding coordinator or a travel agent who specializes in destination weddings. This way, you can relax, slow down, and enjoy this special time with your partner. That is, of course, what a wedding is all about!