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Experiencing the Extravaganza: 18 Tips on How to Plan a Destination Wedding

Experiencing the Extravaganza: 18 Tips on How to Plan a Destination Wedding

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Dreaming of a bridal entry on the boat or in a palace, like royalty? Want to tie the knot as you enjoy the sea breeze or in a farmhouse, away from the hustle-bustle of the city? You’re not alone! Movies like Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani or Band Baaja Baarat give us an idea about why destination weddings are so popular. 

From the jaw-dropping palace of Rajasthan to a sandy beach wedding in Goa to spending quality time with your loved ones – there are a lot of reasons to opt for a destination wedding. When love takes over and the travel bug bites you, consider this blog to guide you on how to plan your destination wedding a beautiful one to remember. Here are a few things to consider before you start packing that suitcase.

1) ‘Location, Location, Location!’

Getting married on a sunny beach or the castle on the hill looks beautiful in movies, Pinterest and Instagram. But how do those destinations work for you and your spouse in real life?

Find a place that holds meaning to you as a couple. It will make your wedding so much more beautiful and an occasion to remember. Always!

2) Be Smart & Pick A Location With Benefits

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Let’s imagine you want to plan out your whole wedding, because, honestly speaking, you know what you want. But it isn’t as easy as it sounds. We suggest looking for a location and a hotel that cover either the decor and catering or even both. This will take a load off your shoulders, especially in an unfamiliar locality.

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3) Keeping up with your Budget

This one is a no-brainer, as every event planning starts with a budget in mind. Both of you as a couple should agree on on the non-negotiables for your destination wedding and plan your budget accordingly without making a bug dent in your savings.

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4) Go Local With The Decor and Menu

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Just like your invite, do not stray away from the local produce. Use local flora and fauna for decor and the local cuisine for your catering. Many people have also started to include local wedding rituals into their ceremonies for a more authentic feel. 

5) Hire A Pro

Local wedding planners will have their team ready to undertake any task or challenge put forth by the couple. Enquire about wedding planners from friends and family to ensure you pick the best for your best day!

6) Send Those ‘Save The Dates’ 3 Months In Advance Or Before

For destination weddings, there’s a lot of planning that goes into your guest list. If you plan on a big wedding, give your guests prior notice so that they can sort their schedules keeping in mind your fabulous destination wedding. 

5) Coordinate The Invite With The Destination

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Can’t settle on the design of your invite? You need not worry about that. Use images or icons from your destination, giving guests an idea of what to expect at your wedding. 

6) Take Into Consideration The Stay As Well

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Make sure you have room for all. Even a hotel around 15 minutes away comes in handy when it comes to organising the stay of your guests. You wouldn’t want to end up being the one picking them up.

8) Pick A Dress To The Landscape

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Let your attires embrace the vibe that the destination has. If you plan to get married at Bali, pick a flowy and strappy white ensemble, without a veil. Not only will they make for better pictures but also you will be relaxed and comfortable in your present scenario.

9) Never Check Your Dress Into Luggage

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That heading explains itself. In other words, always carry your dress with your hand baggage.

10) Take Makeup And Hairstyle Advice From Locals

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Let your look and style flow with your destination. Pinterest your way to previous brides and their suggestions on the topic.

11) Visit In Advance

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Always visit the place in advance. This is for a very simple reason, ‘What if you just do not like it?’ Pictures can always deceive you.

12) Meet Vendors In Person

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Meet local vendors in person on your visit. It is better to put a face to a name. It makes connecting and working with the person so much easier.

13) Take Trusted Vendors Along

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If you believe in a particular chef or photographer, take them along. You might have to splurge a little more for their stay but you will be assured that your wedding is in good hands.

14) A Small Souvenir

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A take away from such weddings are a great item to include in the package. It may cost a little more, but your guests have something to remember from your joyful occasion.

15) Arrive A Week In Advance To Your Wedding Destination

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Don’t even think of arriving later than that. You don’t need the stress of a new place and a wedding to show on your skin at the altar. Arriving earlier makes for a better, well rested and prettier bride and groom.

16. Activities and Excursions

Your destination wedding is not just about the ceremony and reception; it’s an opportunity for you and your guests to explore and have fun together. Organize group activities and excursions like snorkeling, hiking, or city tours to make lasting memories. It’s a fantastic way to bond with your loved ones while enjoying the beauty and adventure that the destination has to offer.

17: Legalities and Documentation

Research the legal requirements for getting married in your chosen destination. Consult with the local wedding planner or embassy to ensure you have all the necessary paperwork in order. The last thing you want is any last-minute surprises when it comes to the legalities of your union.

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So, if you’re ready to embark on a wedding adventure like no other, where elephants and camels might make an appearance, where the scent of incense mingles with the beat of dhol drums, and where love stories are written in the stars, then join us on this fun and quirky guide to planning your destination wedding in India. Get ready to say “I do” in a land where the extraordinary is ordinary and where dreams truly come alive!

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