It is very romantic to get married at a destination abroad. But before you say ‘I do’ at sunset on a tropical island or near Europe’s snow-capped mountains, there’s plenty of paperwork to be done, exclusive of invitations and gift-wrapping papers.
The rules and regulations at a destination abroad vary from your homeland. The passports, licenses, document proofs etc all need to be up-to-date. Besides, all the other details of the wedding also need to be planned and coordinated well in advance. Remember that if you’ve forgotten something at the last minute, you can’t run home and get it.
Give it time
Start the wedding planning at least a year in advance. You need to make sure the venue is available, your guests are free on the chosen date and the weather is favorable.
Avoid the tourist season as hotels will be full in popular destinations. Fix a date as soon as possible. ‘Save the date’ cards can then be sent out to your guests.
Hiring a wedding coordinator would be very helpful for a destination wedding. He or she can manage the wedding arrangements and coordinate with all the vendors and guests. It will save you much time from having to fly down to your destination regularly before the wedding.
Before finalizing the deal on a luxurious hotel or castle as your wedding venue, make sure it’s in your budget. A destination wedding costs more than a regular wedding. Flight arrangements, hotel bookings for the bridal party and the guests, transportation to and from the venue etc will lead to much expense.
Laws of attraction
Marriage laws vary in different countries. A marriage that is legal abroad may not be legal in your country. Inter-faith marriages need more detailed planning. Ensure that you research the rules of matrimony well before tying the knot.
From home, with love
Take as much help from home as possible — your beautician, cameraman etc. Seeing familiar faces in case of crises in a foreign country is a wonderful tonic.
Ensure a trouble-free wedding day abroad with sufficient planning and preparation.