4 Tips When Planning Your Destination Wedding

Planning Tips

If the idea of saying ‘I do’ under a far-off sunset, on a white sandy beach, or in a bustling city that’s a world away from home makes your heart flutter, then you, my friend, are dreaming of a destination wedding! It’s the ultimate romantic getaway combined with one of the most important celebrations of your life. You’re not just planning a wedding day; you’re planning an adventure, an adventure that starts with the exchange of vows and carries on with memories that you, your partner, and your guests will cherish for many years to come. So, if you are planning your dream wedding, I’ve put together these tips for you to keep in hand when planning your destination wedding!

Tips When Planning Your Destination Wedding

#1 Choose Your Destination Wisely

Choosing the perfect location can be overwhelming, but remember, your wedding should reflect your story! Consider the climate, local customs, and availability of your desired venues. Now, imagine saying ‘I do’ on a romantic beach in Bali, sounds dreamy, right? But take a moment to think about your guests. Can they make the journey? If not, maybe a closer destination might be a better fit. Remember, your wedding is about love and togetherness, so choose a place where your loved ones can share this amazing occasion with you!

#2 Hire a Local Wedding Planner

Once you’ve decided on your dream location, consider hiring a local wedding planner. They’re the real fairy godmothers of weddings! With their knowledge of the locale and connections, they can turn your destination wedding into a magical celebration. They can handle time zone differences, language barriers, and local supplier negotiations. This leaves you free to enjoy your engagement, stress-free. A local planner can also provide insights into local customs and traditions that you can incorporate into your wedding, making it truly unique and memorable.

#3 Visit in Advance – Planning Your Destination Wedding

If possible, plan a pre-wedding trip to your chosen destination at the same time of year you are planning your wedding. This gives you a realistic picture of the weather, crowd levels, and any local events that might coincide with your big day. Plus, it’s a great excuse for a pre-wedding holiday! Use this time to meet with your wedding planner, explore venues, and sample local cuisine. This will not only help you plan effectively but also build excitement for the main event!

#4 Keep the Guest List Small

A destination wedding is an exciting adventure, but it’s also a big ask for many people. It’s important to respect your guests’ time and monetary commitments. By keeping the guest list small, you can create a more intimate and personal celebration. This also allows for more flexibility in choosing unique venues and planning fun activities. A smaller guest list could mean a wedding weekend filled with many unforgettable experiences for you and your closest loved ones.

Chelsa Jay | Alaska Wedding Photographer

I hope these tips help you when planning your dream destination wedding! Want me to capture your day? I would be more than happy to help you create memories that you will cherish for many years to come. If you want to learn more about me and what I do, click here! CAN’T wait to hear from you and the ideas you have for your dream wedding!


Venue: Second Star Mansion

with love,
Chelsa Paulk

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