If you are recently engaged and are beginning the wedding planning process, you may be considering a destination wedding. This doesn’t necessarily mean somewhere exotic or out of the country, but it can include something out of state.
There are a lot of reasons that a couple may decide on a destination wedding instead of one in their hometown. A huge reason is for a change of scenery. If you live somewhere warm and maybe you want your wedding photos to be in the snow, your only choice is to have it somewhere else. If you have a vision of what you would like your wedding to look like and it is unachievable in your current city, a destination wedding may be what you are wanting.
So, if a destination wedding is what you and your partner have decided on, there are some things you should consider and ways to make the planning process a bit easier.
Notify your guests in advance
This is a super important part of the planning process. Be sure to notify your guests as soon as possible on the fact that your wedding will be out of state. This is the best way to ensure that the people you really want at your wedding are able to be there. Notifying them well in advance gives them the opportunity to save up, make arrangements and decide if they are really able to make the trip. A great way to keep them informed early on is to announce your destination on your wedding website and especially on the save the date.
Match your dress
Be sure that the dress you choose along with your bridesmaids’ dresses and tuxes are fitting for your location. This could mean aesthetically matching whatever environment you are in, but more importantly, this means choosing a dress that suits the weather and elements. If you have chosen a location that is somewhere hot and humid, you definitely don’t want a heavy dress. Something like lightweight lace is great for those tropical locations. Keeping your location in mind when picking your dress is the best way to be sure that you are comfortable all day long on your special day and can help you focus on the important things on your wedding day checklist.
Know the requirements
This is super important when planning your ceremony because different places have different requirements. One of the top tasks on your wedding day checklist would be to look up what different states require when it comes to licenses, officiants and other requirements you must complete before or during the ceremony. If you are planning a wedding outside of the country, some places require a certain length of residence prior to the wedding. Oftentimes it is just a few days, but places like France require 40 days of residence. If this is the case, you may want to consider legally marrying beforehand and celebrating at the location of your choice.
Hire a planner
If you are planning a destination wedding, this is definitely the time to hire a professional. It would be beneficial to hire one that is located where the ceremony will take place. This person can be your eyes and ears for things when you cannot be there. It would also be super helpful if you are getting married in a place that speaks a different language. Your wedding planning will be sure to have everything in line and will be sure to keep track of all of the requirements and things needed in your specific destination location to complete your wedding day checklist.
Planning a wedding can be stressful, especially if you are trying to plan one outside of your current place of residence. Whether you are from Omaha or not, Indian Creek wants to help you host your special day! Reach out today to book your date and let’s start planning your dream wedding!