The modern trend toward destination weddings continues to grow. Reasons why a couple may choose to host a wedding in another country vary, but there are several advantages to this type of celebration. The picturesque setting of such an event allows the wedding to truly be a once in a life time celebration. Because of the travel requirements, these weddings also tend to be smaller, which means that only one’s most intimate group of friends and family will attend.
If planning a wedding far from home seems like an overwhelming task, you need not be disheartened. There is an army of professionals and wedding services who specialize in helping people like you. Having a wedding far from home can actually be streamlined and less complicated than planning a wedding in your own home town, where there may be dozens of good intentioned “helpers” that can end up causing you extra work, and require a degree in diplomacy. Surprisingly a wedding far from home may also be a cheaper option than holding a large reception in a city. If you choose to do most of the planning yourself, purchasing airfare and hotel reservations can still save you money.
While venues world-wide often will offer their own vendors to assist the bride and groom, they may not fit your specific needs. If you are in the process of arranging a destination wedding, one of the most important things you can do is choose your vendors as soon as possible. The extra travel time and logistics of a destination event require that each vendor carve out a significant portion of their schedule. Early booking can save you, your vendors, and your guests from higher travel costs. Notifying your guests as early as possible, and providing them with the resources they will need to enjoy your celebration is a key aspect of making your wedding a joyful celebration for everyone.
Matthias is available for destination weddings worldwide. He has lived and photographed on four different continents, and considers photography and travel two of his greatest passions. If you are planning a destination wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area, Lake Tahoe, or anywhere around the world, he would enjoy chatting with you to see how he can assist you. You may also want to check out brides.com, which has extensive resources for couples considering destination weddings, or this active (ugly but useful) forum at Best Destination Wedding.