Consider how much you’d like to spend in total - including any family contributions - and set priorities. Is it all about the venue? Are you more interested in flower arrangements or musicians and photographs? Start to break down the costs and additional expenses such as flights and accommodation.
2) Decide on a destination
Mountaintops or vineyards? City or countryside? Enchanting castles or white sandy beaches? Or maybe somewhere wintery and snowy? Think about the scenery and climate to draw inspiration, and whether the destination you chose holds any personal meaning - where you met, have taken holidays together or where family resides.
3) Check it’s legal
Marriage laws differ between countries, so do your research and contact the local authorities in advance to find out. In France, for example, you can only have a religious ceremony after a civil ceremony in the Mairie (Town Hall). There is also a residency period of 40 days before a civil ceremony can even happen.
4) Plan a visit
Is the venue different from what you’ve seen online and in pictures? Is it spacious enough to hold all your guests? To be sure, plan a site visit. That way, you can gain a better idea and feel for your venue.
5) Pick the right time of year
While September may be a beautiful time to marry in Tuscany, Italy, it’s the rainy and hurricane season in parts of Thailand and the Caribbean; so consider the seasons along with national holidays and festivals as your dream destination may be crowded.
6) Local culture
Embrace some of the local customs in your wedding. You can switch a traditional wedding cake with a French croquembouche - a pyramid of cream-filled pastry puff profiteroles covered in a caramel glaze. Alternatively, you can swap for a towering Norwegian kransekake made with stacked iced almond cake rings to form a cone shape.
The saying “it’s better to be safe than sorry” seems appropriate when you would rather not leave anything to chance on your big day. Taking out a Wedding Abroad Insurance policy can ensure you are immediately covered should any complications arise during the planning of your wedding.
8) Take good care of your guests
After all, it’s the little things that go a long way! You can research and arrange group rates for flights and accommodation; list directory and local travel information from the nearest airport to your venue; list local attractions and activities should they decide to combine their trip with a holiday, and deliver welcome gifts upon arrival.
9) Pamper and take some time out for you
Don’t lose sight of the bigger picture: marrying your husband-to-be. Spend time adventuring together, immersing in the local culture and discovering breath-taking sites and attractions along the way.
10) A wedding planner
Hiring a wedding planner, who has the time; experience; has formed established connections; and has knowledge communicating with local suppliers, who may speak another language, can be one of the best decisions you make. You can have as much or as little involvement as you would like with the comfort of knowing you have a helping hand.
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