Thinking about getting married overseas? Want the dream location to go with your perfect day? That’s awesome but here are the things that you need to know before you start planning that once in a lifetime trip.
You Can Save Money I’ve found that you can save money on a destination wedding. The reason being, other than the high prices of doing things in Australia, that you reduce your guest list substantially. Where maybe 140 people turn up to an Australian wedding bash, around 50 will join you at a destination. However, don’t forget that you’ll probably end up entertaining people for a bit longer at a destination than you would back home too – so don’t expect ridiculous cost savings. You only get those if you cut corners on quality and you don’t want that.
You May Find That Some Guests Moan About It You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs and you can’t plan a destination wedding without somebody moaning about the costs of flights and hotel. It’s important to remind people that they aren’t required to come that it’s a voluntary process. In my experience, everyone who does go to a destination wedding will have a good time; it’s a vacation as much as it is as chance to join your happiest day and people tend to enjoy the time off.
You May Need To Try Something New It’s good to have an idea of what your wedding should be like but please try to remember that going abroad means that some things are different from Australia. Talk to your travel agent and work out what’s really important early (so you can ensure your destination caters to your priorities) but don’t be afraid to try something new for less important items. That’s half the fun of going overseas.
You Should Think About Your Most Important Guests At The Planning Stage A wedding at Everest Base Camp might be awesome if all your guests are rugged, fit 20-somethings but if you want your 85 year-old grandmother to share your special day; you might want to think about a slightly different option. That doesn’t mean you have to abandon your key themes but you’ll want to talk to your destination wedding travel agent and make sure that you can find a place that balances your dreams and the basic needs of your guests.
You Want A Travel Expert and Not A Travel Package Yes, that’s me. Your wedding day is too important to leave to chance and it shouldn’t be a cookie cutter experience that anybody else can have. That’s fine for a quick vacation (in fact, it’s often perfect) but you want your wedding day to be special and most importantly, you want it to go smoothly. Getting married overseas can be an amazing experience but only if all the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed. Don’t leave it up to chance. I’ve been doing this for 30 years, you’ll be in good hands, so call me when you’re ready to talk about your plans.
Enter your email to get updates straight to your inbox.