As a bride-to-be planning my own Destination Wedding it really is as easy as it seems and so here is my Travel by Lesley simple step-by-step guide to getting through the planning process. So grab a pen and start ticking off your wedding to-do list.
As soon as possible
- Agree on your overall budget, and add a contingency of 10 percent or so for unexpected expenses.
- Think about where you want to get married and look into all the legalities.
- If you plan to invite friends and family, decide what you will pay for and what they will need to pay for, and check who’s likely to come.
- When you have a number in mind, choose and book your wedding package.
- Consider taking out wedding insurance.
- Check that your passports are up to date. Some countries require you to have at least six months left on your passport at the time of travel.
- We will send you a wedding information pack. Make sure you fulfil all the legal requirements by the dates given.
- Check who your contact at the venue will be and email your wedding planner.
Start shopping for your wedding dress.
- At this stage I did send out my Save the Date
Six months to go
- Send out wedding invites. This needs to be done sooner than if you were getting married in the UK as your guests will need to organise time off work, flights, and accommodation.
Four months to go
- Check exactly what your wedding package includes and what you will need to organise yourself.
- Brides, shop for your wedding accessories (shoes, tiara, jewellery etc.)
- Grooms, shop for your wedding outfit and accessories.
Two months to go
- Make sure you have all the documents you need, check if any need to be sent in advance of the wedding, and make copies to take with you.
- Get written quotes and confirmation from all your suppliers. Add them to a folder to be taken away with you.
- Your tickets should arrive soon; keep an eye out for them.
- Confirm final guest numbers with your venue.
- Visit your GP if you need any vaccinations and/or medical certificates.
- Organise how everything will be transported with the airline, especially your dress.
One month to go
- Organise holiday insurance if you haven’t already.
- Shop for your honeymoon clothes and accessories.
- Book in-resort beauty treatments.
Two weeks to go
- Shop for toiletries, suntan lotion, and other holiday essentials.
- Start packing, putting things to one side to go in your suitcase.
The week before you travel
- Collect your wedding outfits and hang them until it’s time to pack them.
- Pick up any wedding items you’re having made in the UK.
- Finish packing.
- Label your luggage.
When you arrive
- Meet your wedding co-ordinator to run through all the arrangements.
- Relax and enjoy the resort and a spa treatment or two.
- Have an early night, tomorrow’s the big day!