Be happy and confident with your decision to get married abroad. Alleviate any concerns by being fully aware of the advantages and disadvantages of having a destination wedding.
Let your imagination run wild! Have a big picture vision of your wedding day – e.g. would you like to get married on the beach, have a small intimate day, be surrounded by incredible scenery. If you need inspiration, real wedding stories are always great!
Narrow down and select your wedding destination. When doing this make sure you take into consideration when you would like to get married – some destinations are better at certain times of the year!
Ensure you understand and can meet the legal requirements for getting married in the country of your choice. I always recommend getting first-hand information from the embassy or consulate of the country where you would like to be married in – although websites try to provide up to date information, rules can change.
Set a budget – have an approximate figure of what you would like to spend on your wedding. Even if you have a large budget, always do your research to make sure you’re getting the best value for your money.
Think about your guest list. Determine the size of your wedding – who you would like to celebrate with – will it be just be the two of you, very close family and friends, or a larger celebration. When inviting guests to your wedding, keep them fully informed to ensure coming to your wedding abroad is as easy and effortless as possible.
Decide how you will plan your wedding abroad – do you want to plan it yourself, use a wedding planner or a tour operator will make your life more easy.
Select the suppliers (tour operator, wedding planner or individual suppliers) who you will work with to plan your day. Follow my tips on how to choose the right companies to work with.
Work on the finer details and the structure and components of your day. This includes selecting your wedding venues and how you would like your day to run.
Get yourself covered. I strongly a recommend do a final show run with your wedding planner – it’s better to be safe than sorry!