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If you have fallen in love with the idea of saying your vows on a beach, you may be wondering how to make the planning process as seamless as possible. Here are our top five tips for planning a wedding abroad.

Visit the Venue at Least Once

Having a wedding abroad can be tricky as it isn’t feasible to go back and forth to the venue multiple times on the run up to the big day. That being said, it is advisable to visit the venue at least once before your wedding day. It is a good idea to meet your local suppliers face to face to address any concerns or ideas that you may have and seeing the venue for yourself will help you to offer the best advice to your guests on where to stay nearby. Why not invite the in-laws to be along for the ride? It will make the perfect bonding experience and create memories that will be treasured for a lifetime.

Do Your Research

Getting married abroad can often be more complex than tying the knot in your home country. One of the first things to do is to research local marriage requirements as the laws differ from country to country. The documents you need to take with you may also vary so make a list of everything you need with you. You may choose to get legally married before you go if the marriage requirements are particularly complicated but these are all things to consider when planning a destination wedding. Some countries require a waiting period before you can get married while others require the bride and groom to take a blood test on arrival. Marriage licence fees will differ from place to place as will the number of witnesses required.

Consider the Climate

When planning a destination wedding it makes sense to familiarise yourself with the climate. This means that you can dodge potential wedding nightmares such as hurricane season. Adversely high temperatures should also be avoided, so check the average temperatures for your chosen month before committing to a date.

Send a Save the Date

Make sure that your guests are notified of your wedding date well in advance to ensure that all of those closest to you can attend. A destination wedding can be costly and it is wise to send a ‘save the date’ out a year in advance to allow guests the opportunity to save up for flights and accommodation.

Keep it Simple

One of the advantages of having a destination wedding is the stunning scenery that makes getting those picture perfect wedding shots easy. So, when it comes to wedding styling and décor, less is more. Choose simple décor that enhances the natural beauty of the destination. A beach wedding for example will be altogether more relaxed than a wedding in a stately home so you should plan your décor choices with this in mind. Rather than elaborate favours, choose miniature jars of sand or seashells.

These are just a few of the things to consider when planning a destination wedding.

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