The Basics

Destination weddings.

Any wedding that’s a long distance away will be expensive and/or a logistical problem for your guests; it may also be their main holiday of the year. Give them as much notice as possible so that they can make the necessary arrangements and get the best airline deals. Even if you don’t have all the details, add the venue to your Save The Dates to give them an idea what to expect. Use your GettingMarried Wedding Website to add further info as and when you finalise your plans, so your guests can keep up-to-date with developments.

If you are getting married abroad then you might like to consider having a live video stream of your ceremony that others can watch from home; this is especially popular with older family members who may not be up to travelling long distances.

Destination weddings tend to have far smaller guest lists than ones near your home, so you may want to organise another get-together afterwards for those who missed the event. These after-parties tend to be more casual than traditional ceremonies, but how you style it is up to you; if you don’t want to wear your wedding clothes again, it’s a perfect excuse to splash out on a second outfit!  

You’re unlikely to have picked a destination you’ve never visited before, but should you also inspect the actual venue? This depends enormously on the location; it’s relatively quick and cheap to fly to Paris, but not quite so easy to ‘pop over’ to Antigua. If you can’t visit the venue in person, make sure that you have a trustworthy contact in the local area. A lot of venues have a dedicated event planner who can advise you on anything you need to do in advance, such as obtaining permits and licenses, as well as offering any help you may need with any language barriers.

As the wedding approaches, it’s best to arrive three to five days before the ceremony, just to familiarise yourself with everyone and everything.