If you are considering getting married abroad, choosing a destination wedding specialist to help you plan your big day is the most hassle free option. From the pretty decorations to the boring, but essential paper work, your designated wedding planner will arrange every little detail for you, bringing to life your perfect wedding.
Here we take a look at what to consider when choosing a destination wedding specialist to ensure your wedding abroad runs without a hitch!
Sit down with the other half and work out the following:
What’s your budget? Don’t forget to include the flight, transfers, wedding package, any add on’s (food, spa treatments, excursions, spending money) and if you’ll be contributing to your guests expenses in any way.
How many people do you want to invite? Realistically how many will attend? Do you want it to be just the two of you? An intimate affair with your nearest and dearest or the whole clan?
What type of destination do you want? Sunny beach, cultural city, rustic countryside, picturesque mountain?
How far are you prepared to travel? Is a long haul flight practical?
What time of the year? Is it hurricane or rainy season? Is it a national holiday? Is it safe to travel to that destination?
Is your passport valid for when you want to travel? Your passport will most likely need to be valid for at least 6 months from the date of your return.
Will you need a Visa? Bare in mind that this can sometimes take a while.
Will you need vaccinations? Are you prepared to have a few injections for your dream wedding destination? Found out what you’ll need, how much they cost and how far in advance you’ll need them done.
Once you’ve chosen your specialist or narrowed it down to your favourites, find out the following from them:
What exactly is included in the wedding package? What will you need to organise yourself?
Where will the ceremony take place? On the beach, in the garden, in a room, at a church?
How many weddings does the hotel do in a day? Many places offer exclusivity
How many guests can they accommodate? Think accommodation, ceremony, wedding breakfast.
What happens if it rains? Can the ceremony be moved in doors?
Ask for the wedding planner’s email address. This will save you on expensive overseas calls and make communicating with a time difference much easier.
What legal paper work will you need?
How long do you need to be in the country before the ceremony? Most countries have a waiting period, which is usually 2-5 working days, to ensure all your legal documents can be properly processed prior to your nuptials.
Get EVERYTHING in writing!
A Few of Our Favorites
With nearly two decades of experience, organising weddings abroad, you know that you are in the hands of professionals with Thomson. They perform weddings in 16 countries including (but not limited to) destinations in Europe, the USA and Asia and have 70 venues to choose from. With so much choice, Thomson are able to cater for all different types of wedding and have packages to suit all budgets. All of their weddings are recognised in the UK, are ATOL protected. Their call centers are open 7 days a week to ensure there is always someone on hand to answer your questions.
Thomson pride themselves on going above and beyond for their customers and offer a range of extra special touches and treats as an add on if you wish. From champagne in the VIP airport lounge to spa treatments and romantic candle lit dinners, you will be truly spoilt! They also offer an extra 5KG of luggage allowance to allow for that special dress!
Beachcomber specialises in luxury weddings in Mauritius and the Seychelles and successfully arranges over 300 weddings per year. Each of their hotels has a dedicated wedding planner who will arrange every detail of your wedding day, as well as a friendly and knowledgeable team in the UK to answer any of your questions. They guarantee just one wedding a day at their hotels ensuring a relaxed, personalised and intimate experience. They even have a hotel in the Seychelles that is on it’s own private island! For complete peace of mind, Beachcomber are ATOL and ABTA protected.
Get insurance. This is a must! Make sure you have travel and wedding insurance.
Sort out the legal paper work for the wedding. Your wedding planner should provide you with a list of what you will need.
Apply for your Visa if you need one. This can take some time so make sure it is at the top of your list of things to do.
Book your vaccinations. Ensure they are done at the appropriate time, so that they are in full effect when you go.
Order your wedding dress. A wedding dress purchased from a bridal gown shop will need to be ordered in advance. In some cases up to 6 months in advance so get looking now! If you don’t have the time to order, several high street stores provide beautiful off the peg dresses.
Order or rent the suits. Choose a suit that will be suitable for the weather. Linen suits are light and breathable or just keep it casual with trousers and a light cotton shirt.
Buy the rings. And put them somewhere safe! You don’t want to lose them on the journey.
Lucy Leaper is our inspiration and bridalwear specialist! She has a degree in fashion design and 12 years experience in the fashion industry, including 3 and a half years as the manager of a bridal boutique. Lucy loves to hear every little detail about a bride's wedding plans and it is no surprise that the first thing she wants to know is what they're wearing!