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[su_dropcap style=”flat”]A[/su_dropcap] destination wedding is most successful when planned by a local expert who can assist with the considerable planning and research that it takes.

[su_accordion class=””][su_spoiler title=”Plan Ahead” open=”no” icon=”arrow-circle-1″ anchor=”” class=””]Fix a date at least 12-18 months in advance. Passports, vacation time from work and airfare are just a few of the considerations that have to be handled well in advance of the big day. Send save-the-dates preferably 8-12 months out to give guests ample time to save and plan. (You don’t want to leave it too late where all your guests have already booked their holidays and cannot make it to your big day.) Actual invitations go out 6-8 weeks in advance.[/su_spoiler]

[su_accordion class=””][su_spoiler title=”Budget” open=”no” icon=”arrow-circle-1″ anchor=”” class=””]Know what yours is and be reasonable about what you can accomplish with that number. It’s that plain and simple[/su_spoiler]

[su_accordion class=””][su_spoiler title=”Choose the Destination carefully” open=”no” icon=”arrow-circle-1″ anchor=”” class=””]No matter what your style or budget is, there’s a destination for every couple. Check that there are good flight connections for your guests and that there is a wide range of local accommodations to suit all budgets.  Whatever your preference, determine a tentative head count of attendees for your big event. You might assume that a dozen people will make the trek, only to discover that friends and family on both sides are yearning for time away from home. [/su_spoiler]

[su_accordion class=””][su_spoiler title=”Get Help” open=”no” icon=”arrow-circle-1″ anchor=”” class=””]Now that you’ve decided you’re going for a destination wedding, don’t try to save costs by doing everything yourself as this will take you unnecessary extra time and energy that you could dedicate to other things.  A qualified, reputable destination-wedding consultant can take care of many of the small but significant details.  Remember that dealing with foreign wedding vendors may require extra attention and a local destination expert would already have a good working relationship that will ease the process and get you a better deal than you may get when contacting vendors directly.  Additionally, you shouldn’t have to be worrying about the logistics of your event and whether or not you have chosen a good vendor or if they will even turn up so leave this to the professionals, sit back, relax and make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime experience! [/su_spoiler]

[su_accordion class=””][su_spoiler title=”Do your weather search” open=”no” icon=”arrow-circle-1″ anchor=”” class=””]You have decided upon a destination wedding most likely for the weather, but this is not always as reliable as it once was.  So plan for sun but if there could be a chance of rain then you need to ensure that your venue has a contingency for inclement weather and that this would not impact your planned day too much!  Winter weddings are also an innovative concept and should not be associated to dreadful winter weather that you may have back home![/su_spoiler]

[su_accordion class=””][su_spoiler title=”Combine wedding + honeymoon into the choice of the destination” open=”no” icon=”arrow-circle-1″ anchor=”” class=””]The beauty of most destination weddings is that they’re set in romantic getaways, perfect for honeymooning couples that want to stay put post-ceremony or even engage in a little island discovery. If your family and friends are vacation-starved, you can turn your destination wedding into a cash-saver for them, too[/su_spoiler]

[su_accordion class=””][su_spoiler title=”Follow the Law” open=”no” icon=”arrow-circle-1″ anchor=”” class=””]Every country has its requirements for legal marriage, including witnesses, marriage license applications and residency requirements, amongst others. Before embarking on your voyage, be sure that both of you possess all of the necessary documentation and once again this is where a local destination expert may come of important use.[/su_spoiler]

[su_accordion class=””][su_spoiler title=”Accessibility in your chosen country” open=”no” icon=”arrow-circle-1″ anchor=”” class=””]If it’s important for your grandparents and any guests with disability to make the wedding, then accessibility in your choice of venues plays a key role. Make sure these guests have a comfortable seat at all times and that your venues have accessible walkways and attendants to lend a hand.  Be prepared and have a taxi available at bay just in case anyone requires leaving the celebrations before they are over.[/su_spoiler]

[su_accordion class=””][su_spoiler title=”Create enthusiasm for your wedding” open=”no” icon=”arrow-circle-1″ anchor=”” class=””]Your guests might not yet have been to a destination wedding before yours. The team at idoKNOT will ensure to get them amped up with a wedding website that includes optional excursions, details about your venues and any group activities you have planned. A little weather forecast will add to the excitement.[/su_spoiler]

[su_accordion class=””][su_spoiler title=”Add an opt-out clause” open=”no” icon=”arrow-circle-1″ anchor=”” class=””]It’s nice to let your guests know that their presence is a gift, not a requirement. We like the idea of an opt-out clause on the save-the-dates. Keep it upbeat and maybe mention a home reception or party if you’re having one so they can still celebrate with you.[/su_spoiler]

[su_accordion class=””][su_spoiler title=”Take Extra Planning Trips” open=”no” icon=”arrow-circle-1″ anchor=”” class=””]Take at least one planning trip and if you can swing it, two or three would be ideal. You’ll need to scout and secure your key venues for the wedding ceremony and reception, hotel options for guests and local suppliers such as caterers, florists and photographers. [/su_spoiler]

[su_accordion class=””][su_spoiler title=”Be Sensitive to your guests” open=”no” icon=”arrow-circle-1″ anchor=”” class=””]Provide several options for accommodations of varying price levels so that people on different budgets have options to consider[/su_spoiler]

[su_accordion class=””][su_spoiler title=”Be Sensitive with gift requests” open=”no” icon=”arrow-circle-1″ anchor=”” class=””]Try a honeymoon fund instead of asking your guests to lug bulky, expensive gifts. Or, opt out of gifts altogether if it feels right and try a charity fund instead.  Remember your guests are already going through the expense of paying for their flights and accommodation (as modern etiquette absolves) and shouldn’t feel obliged to go into extra expenses for a wedding gift.[/su_spoiler]

[su_accordion class=””][su_spoiler title=”Give the gift of an all-inclusive” open=”no” icon=”arrow-circle-1″ anchor=”” class=””]Your guests will love you if they don’t have to tote around their wallet the entire time. It also tends to be a much more affordable (and fun!) option for everyone.[/su_spoiler]

[su_accordion class=””][su_spoiler title=”Throw a welcome party in the First evening” open=”no” icon=”arrow-circle-1″ anchor=”” class=””]Besides signifying gratitude towards your guests for making it to your big celebration, such an occasion will also act as an ice breaker for some of your guests that might not have met each other before. There are various ideas that you may consider such as a laid back party, cocktail reception, informal barbecue or plenty more options that idoKNOT would be happy to suggest. There might be some surprise friendships in the works and everyone will look forward to catch up again on the big day without having to start from the basic introductions.[/su_spoiler]

[su_accordion class=””][su_spoiler title=”Make time for your spouse” open=”no” icon=”arrow-circle-1″ anchor=”” class=””]It’s important to remember why you’re at this amazing resort celebrating — because you’re starting a life as a couple! Take a sunrise walk on the beach, get a spa treatment, and enjoy a leisurely breakfast in bed. Make time for the two of you and don’t let your wedding worries gulf up your time[/su_spoiler]

[su_accordion class=””][su_spoiler title=”Thank your parents generously” open=”no” icon=”arrow-circle-1″ anchor=”” class=””]They’ve been there for you through thick and thin, so take your time to find something timeless that suits their personality and taste. Some quality time with them, such as a private day excursion, may work wonders.  And of course, don’t forget to include them in your thank you speech.[/su_spoiler]

[su_accordion class=””][su_spoiler title=”Include Guests that can’t attend” open=”no” icon=”arrow-circle-1″ anchor=”” class=””]It’s easy to make everyone feel included! If you have close friends and family that can’t attend, consider hi-tech options for the actual ceremony, like video cams so guests can watch the wedding live. Or, go the social route and create a #hashtag for your wedding so family and friends can follow along[/su_spoiler]

[su_accordion class=””][su_spoiler title=”Activities for all ages” open=”no” icon=”arrow-circle-1″ anchor=”” class=””]Ask about family attractions, gardens, water parks, day and night activities for all ages and babysitting services for anyone who is interested. Plan fun activities for the kids during your rehearsal dinner, like scavenger hunts or leave out a basket of board games to win extra brownie points[/su_spoiler]

[su_accordion class=””][su_spoiler title=”Go with the flow” open=”no” icon=”arrow-circle-1″ anchor=”” class=””]Like all nuptials, destination weddings often hit snags along the way. When problems arise, take a deep breath, evaluate the issue and correct the problem with help from the bridal party or other guests. Destination wedding experts often recommend that the happy couple arrive a few days in advance of the event to prevent or contain possible problems before they erupt[/su_spoiler]