Planning a Destination Wedding


Whether you’ve dreamed of a wedding in a small church in Georgia, or on an exotic resort in the Mexican Rivera, making your fantasy destination wedding a reality isn’t as difficult or as expensive as you might think. More couples are heading to exotic locales to say, “I do.” What is causing this massive exodus?

It’s intimate.

Having a destination wedding is like taking a mini-vacation with your closest family and friends; instead of one fleeting night, you have several relaxed days to enjoy the company of your nearest and dearest.

It’s easy.

The thought of spending the day before the wedding relaxing on the beach instead of running hundreds of errands has caused more than one bride to choose a destination wedding.

It’s often less expensive.

Once you all up everything you may be surprised to find out that destination weddings are often less expensive than traditional weddings. This is because they generally involve fewer guests, and resorts and hotels offer all-inclusive deals.

Give Your Guests A Heads Up

It’s important to give your guests as much advance notice about your wedding as possible. That means sending out save-the-date cards a minimum of five months in advance so your guests can make the necessary travel and vacation arrangements. Reserve a block of rooms at two hotels in different price ranges, and direct all your invitees to your Wedding Website, where you can post all your wedding details and out-of-town guest Information.

Details, Details

If you are getting married in another state or country, you will need a local marriage license, and possibly a passport. The passport is simple; just be sure to apply well in advance of your wedding date. Getting the marriage license can be slightly trickier, especially in a foreign country. Some places require blood tests, immunization certificates, or doctor’s certificates in order for you to legally marry. No matter where you are getting married, it is best to find out as much as possible in advance. There may be unexpected requirements, such as an established residency, a waiting period, or a certain number of witnesses. For more information about the specifics of getting married in different countries, visit the US State Department