Wedding planning can be rough no matter what kind of wedding you have, but when your wedding is a destination wedding, there is a lot more to consider. Do you and your guests have a valid passport? Can your marriage legally be performed and recognized where you are going? How is everyone going to get there?
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Before you begin making a list, you’ll need to organize your thoughts into time frames. You don’t need to buy your dress a year in advance; in fact, you may risk it not fitting when the wedding arrives if you buy it too early. Most weddings require about a year to plan, so if you have the luxury of time, organize your thoughts into this time frame. Your initial plans will mostly consist of making contact with the services and vendors you will be using and establishing the framework of your wedding. Don’t worry about the details at this stage. Because many documents can take months to process, you will want to begin applying for things like passports or obtaining legal documents well in advance.
At this early stage, you will want to do the following:
- Determine the budget and set the date.
- Choose a location.
- Book the service.
- Research any legal requirements in the area to begin any licensing procedures.
- Make sure your own documentation is current, such as passports or insurance.
- Establish contact with any outside services you will be using.
This checklist will take you through to the nine to six month mark. While it may be tempting to feverishly plan all of the details of your dream wedding during this time, you should divide your attention into specific tasks to avoid getting burnt out before you get to your wedding day. Your friends and family will no doubt have dozens of questions for you and several other tasks that require your attention, so try to stick to your established time frame for all of the major tasks to prevent an overload.
When you’re within nine to six months of your wedding, you will need to do the following:
- Make reservations.
- Purchase any additional transportation you will need for your wedding.
- Invite your guests.
- Purchase attire.
With the bulk of your requirements booked and paid for, the remaining months can be used to focus on the details like toasts, fittings, beauty treatments, gifts, rings and the vows. This is often the most frenzied period for a couple as everyone’s excitement and anticipation reaches its peak, which is why you want to avoid leaving major tasks to the last minute. Once you’re within a month of your date, you should confirm with all of your guests. You may opt for a reminder a week or two before the departure to re-confirm any travel itinerary.
As the time before the wedding draws to a close, you will need to complete the following:
- Rehearse events.
- Plan the menu.
- Order wedding favors.
- Purchase the rings.
- Complete all fittings
- Receive confirmation from your guests.
- Decide on the ceremony and your vows.
- Confirm the itinerary to begin preparing for travel.
You may find small things crop up along the way, but as long as you have the major tasks planned and accounted for, those little things shouldn’t throw you off track. Once you’ve completed your checklist and arrived at your location, you only have one more task to complete: get married and enjoy your destination wedding.