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by Inspirations For Weddings & Debuts Magazine

Posted on July 16, 2019 at 03:35 PM

Tips to tackling your dream destination wedding

by Marielle Ong



A getaway on your special day sounds like a real-life fantasy. But with great destinations come great responsibility. Here’s what you need to remember to make your faraway land wedding-ready.

Choose your team wisely : Suppliers can make or break an event, so you need to tap reliable ones for your big day. But when you consider a faraway venue, you’re due for some additional research. How reliable are they on their home turf? Have they done destination weddings before? How are logistic costs handled? Suppliers local to  our destination of choice are another option, though you’ll have to check out their reviews and find out if they’re reputable.

Consider a coordinator : You could be dealing with different time zones or just the extra stress of making arrangements with teams that are hundreds of miles away. A helping hand from a pro could be beneficial in keeping it together when things come to a head. Billy Crawford and Coleen Garcia reportedly handed over the reins to their coordinator and event stylist, and the team did not disappoint

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• Expect the unexpected : When long-distance communication and long-haul traveling are involved, you just have to have the resilience and the sense of humor to make it through the challenges. Try your best to prepare for the more obvious variables such as errant weather, but learn to take the little issues in stride. Despite the seemingly picture- perfect France wedding of Nico Bolzico and Solenn Heussaff, the behind-the-scenes action was actually intense with last-minute reports of strikes and some difficulties with the church’s requirements. They managed and you will, too.

• Send the invites in advance : Because your guests will have to make travel and accommodation arrangements and even take their leaves from work, it’s only fair to give them the heads-up as early as possible. Drop hints via e-vites, wedding websites, or by personally reaching out.

• Offer basic assistance : While you’re not expected to shoulder transportation and lodging costs, you should at least refer guests to transpo companies and nearby hotels. A helpful map with directions to nearby dining establishments, malls, and convenience stores would be a thoughtful touch. Bonus points if you can arrange for discounted rates to be given to your guests.

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• Plan a program : Realistically, we’re talking about a long weekend affair. Guests are expected to arrive the day before to settle in, so some sort of luncheon or dinner is in  rder in lieu of the usual rehearsal dinner. Erwan Heussaff and Anne Curtis had a well-documented welcome party prior to their New Zealand wedding. It gave their guests a chance to relax and take lots and lots of photos. Anticipate a three-day lineup to schedule meals before and after the wedding day.

• Hurry to the honeymoon : This is more of an optional thing, but it is quite practical to stay in your destination and enjoy the next few days after the wedding as husband and wife. You won’t have to spend double on transportation, and it’s an excellent way to unwind after all the planning stresses.

"Try your best to prepare for the more obvious variables such as errant weather, but learn to take the little issues in stride."

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