You don’t need to be a bridal expert to know that destination weddings are on the rise. In fact, a quick visit to Pinterest or Instagram – popular photo sharing sites – should give you all the proof you need on the subject.
However, if those sites aren’t enough, perhaps the best indicators that more of us are planning to say I do abroad are the conversations that happen on an almost daily basis in offices around the world.
Spending more than 10 minutes near the coffee machine at work or slightly more dangerous for those who aren’t planning a wedding, the female toilets, will inevitably lead to marriage talk.
Announcements about an engagement will automatically lead to an outpouring of all that gushiness us girly girls usually keep hidden away during normal work hours. But it’s not long before the congratulations are over and more practical topics take up conversation space.
From questions over the cost of transport to concerns about where to find babysitters and depleting vacation time, it seems that everyone has their two cents to share on the topic.
So here are our ‘best of the best’ when it comes to advice on organising or planning your the perfect destination wedding.
Say ‘I do’ to non-traditional weddings
Destination weddings are an opportunity to break with tradition and celebrate your love in a unique way. They are also a chance to put stuffy formalities to the side and embrace your adventurous side. You and your other half love Italy? Then marry under the Tuscan sun.
Ask for help with on-location planning
You might be the type of woman who likes to be in control. But distance and the time taken to organise a wedding means an on-location wedding planner is less a matter of choice than sheer logistics. Rather than fret about losing control, use the additional help to your advantage. Worried about what to do with the relatives the day before the wedding? In walks the wedding planner.
Intimate is well and truly chic
The idea that quality is definitely better than quantity holds true when it comes to destination weddings. Spending the day surrounded by only your closest friends and family members means that you can feel free to enjoy a truly intimate moment with the ones you love.
Create + Customise
A destination wedding is more that just an expression of your commitment to another person, it is also a chance to show that love in a creative way. Think beyond the standard buffet and bridal cake menu to a one-of-a-kind catering experience. And why not wow wedding guests with tailored decorations that incorporate local natural elements with your own visual aesthetic.
It is always a good idea to look for ways to include your guests in your wedding. Simple things like organising a small cake for someone whose birthday happens to coincide with your wedding day to organising transport home guests can go a long way to the overall enjoyment of your big day.