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Destination Wedding Dos and Don'ts: Insider Tips for Planning Your Dream Celebration Abroad | Marion Photography


Destinations Weddings can offer an opportunity to exchange vows in breathtaking places while creating unforgettable memories with your loved ones. However, planning a wedding abroad requires careful consideration and preparation to ensure a smooth and stress-free experience. Here I’ll dive into the Dos and Don’ts of planning a destination wedding, providing insider tips and expert advice to help you navigate the unique challenges and opportunities of tying the knot abroad.


Do Research Your Destination


Before choosing a destination for your wedding. Research potential locations to ensure they align with your vision, budget, and logistical needs. Consider factors such as climate, accessibility, local laws and customs, and available amenities for guests. There is likely a Facebook group or a subreddit where you can ask specific questions or get recommendations from locals or people familiar with that destination.


Do Hire Local Vendors


Opt for local vendors familiar with the destination and can provide valuable insight and expertise. From photographers (like me) and florists to planners and caterers, local vendors can help you navigate cultural differences, and source quality products and services to ensure a seamless wedding experience.



bride and groom on a colorful wall


Don’t Forget About Travel and Accommodations


Consider the travel and accommodation needs of your guests. Make sure that the location has space for your guests or that is easy to travel to your venue. Provide them with comprehensive information and resources, including transportation options, accommodation, and local attractions to explore during their stay.


Do Plan for the Unexpected


Be prepared for the unexpected challenges that may arise, such as language barriers, currency exchange rates, and time and frequency of flights to your destination. Remember Murphy’s law “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong”. Have contingency plans in place for inclement weather, travel disruptions, and other unforeseen circumstances to minimize the stress and ensure a smooth event. 


Don’t Neglect Communication


Clear and effective communication is key when planning a destination wedding. Keep your guests informed and updated through the planning process, use a wedding website or social media to update your guests and share important details


Do Embrace Local Culture


Incorporate elements of the local culture into your wedding celebration to create a unique and memorable experience. From traditional customs, and attire, to rituals, cuisine, and entertainment, embrace the spirit of your destination and celebrate its rich heritage and traditions.



bride posing


Don’t overspend


Set a realistic budget for your destination wedding and stick to it. Be mindful of additional costs such as travel expenses, accommodations, and vendor fees. Prioritize your spending to focus on what matters most to you as a couple. You can check my blog post “The Beginner's Guide to Wedding Planning: Step-by-Step Tips and Budget Priorities “The Beginner's Guide to Wedding Planning: Step-by-Step Tips and Budget Priorities” Here you can find all kinds of tips on how to make a budget for your wedding with a comprehensive budget hierarchy.


Do Consider Guest Experience


Help your guests get the most out of your destination. Offer welcome bags, organize group activities and tours, and create opportunities for your guests to connect and celebrate together throughout the wedding weekend.


Don’t Forget to Enjoy the Moment


Don’t forget to savor the special moments and enjoy the journey. Trust your planning efforts, embrace the beauty of your surroundings, and cherish the love and joy shared with your partner and loved ones on your wedding day. Try to hire your wedding photographer for more than just the wedding day, often the day before is as memorable as the wedding day, and having it captured too can help you keep your memories forever.


By following these dos and don’ts of planning a destination wedding, you can ensure a smooth and memorable celebration that reflects your unique love story and creates lasting memories in a breathtaking location abroad.


If you feel like having a destination wedding is something you’d like to have, please don’t hesitate to contact me HERE, let me help you plan and capture the best moments on the best day of your life.








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