5 Things to Consider When Planning a Destination Wedding

Jun 15, 2019

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There’s something that just tickles a bride-to-be about a destination wedding. A wedding away from home makes it more fantastical and dreamy. The dramatic change in scenery is most likely what catches your eye. However, no matter how keen you are about planning a destination wedding, there are some factors you need to keep in mind to ensure everything goes well. The knowledgeable staff at our wedding venue in South Florida share 5 things to consider when planning a destination wedding.


Location, Location, Location

What mood are you feeling for the ceremony? Is it tropical, elegant, or rustic? What about your budget? How far you’re willing to travel? Sure, you can consider a location or two off the top of your head, but you’ll still need to consider other factors of the wedding: activities, style, and overall vibe. If you’re having trouble planning where to get married, contact a certified destination wedding specialist from Destination Weddings [1] for complimentary planning assistance and exclusive savings.


Do Your Research

One important thing to consider when planning a destination wedding is to do your research.  We can’t stress this enough as your destination wedding is most likely going to be in a completely different climate, therefore, you’ll need to stay up to date with the weather. If you’re thinking of tying the knot in a foreign country, double-check online for required documentation.


It’s All About Timing

Aside from keeping up with the weather forecast, schedule your wedding in advance. You’ll most likely want your wedding to take place during peak season when there are more tourists and less hotel and venue availabilities. Aside from peak season, you can also opt for shoulder season to save you and your guests some cash while still getting the most out of the great weather. Choosing a wedding destination is a bit of a gamble since you’ll have to consider the patterns of the climate. For example, hurricane season in the Caribbean or summer heat waves in Europe.


Take a Trip Ahead of Time

Take a mini-vacation or two to your potential location to scout the area. On the first trip, search and lock down key venues such as ceremony and reception venues, hotels, and rehearsal dinner venues. Afterward, find local suppliers like caterers, florists, and photographers. For the second trip, schedule tastings with the caterer and preview model bouquets from the florist before securing the suppliers.


Let Your Guests Know in Advance

Let your friends and family know ahead of time that you’re planning a destination wedding. This way they have time to save up for the trip as well as a wedding gift or if they decline, you have a better idea of how many guests will be attending. Along with the informal advanced notice, send out save-the-dates at least nine months before your wedding date. This will give them the opportunity to find deals on flights and accommodations before prices surge last-minute.


Want to know what else to add to your destination wedding planning guide from one of the best wedding venues in South Florida? Feel free to reach out to a representative of our professional staff here at the Deer Creek Golf Club to find out more.



[1] Destination Weddings.com