How to Plan a Destination Wedding: Tips for Choosing the Destination



This summer Dave and I will be getting married in Tuscany.  We love to travel, most of our relationship has been spent exploring new places and even living abroad in Berlin together.  When it came time to choose where we would get married we knew we wanted to do a destination wedding.  Italy has always been a place we have loved visiting for the food, the wine, and the beautiful landscapes.  We are most looking forward to taking a big trip with our favorite people, the added bonus is that after this trip we will be retuning as husband and wife.  

I'll admit that the planning process has been a bit easier for me than most brides.  Growing up I worked in my grandma's wedding venue doing everything from cutting cakes to calming down nervous brides and part of my current job involves planning events internationally.  My How to Plan a Destination Wedding series is going to be an inside look at all the aspects of planning.  I will be sharing tips that I have learned through the process as well as interviewing some of my favorite people in the industry.  The first post is below where I share some tips for choosing your.

Special meaning.  Are there any special places you and your S.O. have traveled to where you could get married?  Perhaps the place you took your first trip together or a destination that has a special memory; choosing a place that is special to both of you can help to narrow down the choices.

Decide on the environment.  There are endless places you can have a destination wedding.  Start to narrow your destinations down by deciding on the environment.  Do you prefer the beach, mountains, or a vineyard?  Do you prefer somewhere fancy or natural and relaxed?

Consider the Weather. It's important to consider what the weather will be like on your date.  For example choosing a desert wedding in the middle of July is probably not the best idea, but the beach would be perfect.  Check when the rainy and dry months are for your destination and plan accordingly.  Try and choose a month that has low rainfall, but if you are getting married in a month that has a chance or rain make sure you have a plan b with tents or access to space indoors.

Infrastructure to throw a shindig?   If you don't speak the local language it can be very difficult to communicate with vendors, not to mention stressful.  I can't stress enough the importance of working a wedding planner.  Having someone who understands your style and budget and is also easy to communicate with are key.   Style Me Pretty's Vendor Guide has a good list of wedding planners allover the world and is a good place to start looking.

What is the ease of travel?  The easier your destination is to get to, the more likely your guests are to come.  If you prefer to have a small wedding then going somewhere far or remote will dwindle down your guests, but if you want all your nearest and dearest to be there for your special day its best to pick a closer location.