With destination weddings being so popular these days, these tips on planning a tropical destination wedding by Amy of Kiah Weddings will definitely come in handy!
I have wanted to do a feature on tropical destination weddings for a while and it is my great pleasure to do this guest post for Simply Peachy! Now I know there is a large chuck of you lovely peachies are planning weddings abroad. A tropical destination wedding is an opportunity to get away to an exotic place and to start a married life off on a romantic and exciting adventure. It is a chance to connect with close friends and family. Since destination weddings are often smaller, it gives you the better chance to really enjoy the company of those who mean the most to you. Here are 7 top destination wedding tips to make your planning process a whole lot easier!
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1. PICK THE PERFECT LOCATION
The advantage of hosting an exotic destination wedding is that you have many of options. There are numbers of resort or hotel in exotic countries offering a wide range of wedding packages to suit everyone’s budget making your planning process much easier.
But if you are not looking for the traditional resort wedding and would like to be away from all the holidaymakers spying at you during your wedding you can always source out to private villas, boutique hotels or even restaurants. These options are perfect for absolute privacy and if you want to customize your wedding to your style and generally aren’t that different in price.
It is also important to consider the travel time and likely expenses involved. So check if the destination you choose has good flight connections and a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets.
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2. PLAN AHEAD OF TIME
Make sure you plan ahead of time as popular holiday destinations tends to tie in with tourist season when usually there are more crowds and fewer hotel availabilities. Plan early if you don’t want to limit your choice and send out save-the-dates at least 8 – 10 months in advance so that you allow enough time for your guests to make arrangements for their travel plans.
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3. GET PROFESSIONAL HELP
Planning a wedding in your own city is stressful enough so imagine planning a wedding and a trip for all your guests overseas where everything including language barriers, local customs, and lack of knowledge of the area and venue can be a real nightmare. Hiring a wedding planner who specialize in destination weddings can help you shoulder the burden from researching and securing the best team of vendors so you can just sit back, relax and enjoy being the bride and groom.
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4. CARE FOR YOUR GUESTS
Your wedding guests have made a lot of effort and expenses travelling a long way to your wedding celebration. Besides arranging discount group rate for rooms, it is important to make them feel well looked after. Amy suggests building a free template wedding website with your personalized address where you can include all necessary information and have this as a point of reference within your wedding invitation. It will also be thoughtful to organize a welcome BBQ or dinner before the big day and a relaxed brunch by the poolside the day after. Make your guests feel extra special by delivering a welcome letter or bag to their rooms, a personalized tote bag full of essential goodies for the trip , like flip flops, sun screen, bug spray and maps.
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5. VENUE SITE VISITS
As the venue pays such an important part of the day, it is worth for you to check out a number of possible venues in that area so that you see how your wedding day would work. Also try to look at different types of venues such as private villas, resorts, beaches or cliff top restaurants to get a taste of different options available for you.
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6. LEGAL MATTERS
Make sure you check out the procedures you need to meet in order for your marriage to be legally recognized in your home country. Some countries such as Thailand require completing some paperwork at the Thai embassy or consulate (usually in Bangkok). If you want to avoid this hassle of visiting embassies and filling out paperwork, you can always have a low key registry wedding in your home country and have a wedding blessing or ceremony in the location you choose.
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7. PLEASE SLOW DOWN
Don’t keep a constant eye on your inbox for immediate replies from vendors. Many tropical islands operate on island time due to cultural and lifestyle factors – so please don’t misunderstood a vendor’s laid-back attitude for being inefficient. Make regular check-ins, relax and trust your vendors to turn your dream into reality!