Guideline for planning a Destination Wedding

April 14, 2012 · Print This Article

These days more couples are opting for a destination wedding instead of the traditional hometown wedding. There are many reasons, including this is a 2nd wedding for one or both partners, famiy drama, the couples desiring a private wedding, combining the wedding with the honeymoon to save costs. I’ve heard planning a wedding is like putting on a broadway show and feeding the audience.

Engaged couples want to explore the most exotic vacations possible for their wedding/honeymoon - something out of the box. Choose a location that is meaningful to you as a couple - somewhere you’d like to visit or perhaps the old country where your family is from.

So, where to begin - there are a few questions for you to consider:

1.     Your favorite hobbies i.e. skiing, scuba diving, hiking, archeology, art?

2.     How about a secluded tropical island with an umbrella drink in your hand and someone to wait on you?

3.     Are you looking for your own private island?

4.     Are you more social, even though you’d like it to be the 2 of you, it would be fun to have other couples around?

5.     Are you cruisers? Perhaps you’d like a small ship or yacht cruising around the South Pacific or the Mediterranean, tucking in to tiny ports to mingle with the locals

6.     Have you considered combining your wedding with an African Safari?

7.     Exploring Cinque Terre - the UNESCO site of five villages located in Northern Italy

8.     Combining your wedding with hiking Machu Picchu in Peru & experiencing the Hyram Bingham luxury train

9.     Australia anyone?  Climb the Sydney bridge, visit the Opera house and dive the Great Barrier Reef

10. New Zealand - can you say road-trip?  Explore this fascinating and remote countryside - visit luxury country lodges at your own pace

I advise my couples to choose their destination wedding based on their personal choices, as it is your special day!  If you are considering friends and family - or at least want to invite them - send out a “save the date” card almost a year in advance, advising them where and when you are getting married.  This gives the guests time to plan their trip and perhaps turn it into their big holiday too. Also, where do you live i.e. based on how long you will be gone, this will help determine how long you’ll be sitting on a plane.

Next to consider - how long can the two of you take off work? Do you have small children at home?  What is your budget?  What time of year do you want to travel?  Do consider the average weather so you know if it is a good season to hold your wedding there.  Off season may be less expensive, however who wants to hold a wedding in a monsoon?

Feel free to give me a call - I’ve been assisting couples for more then 20 years.  For more information and ideas, contact the Travel Gal at  800 644-6659 or

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