Planning a destination wedding can be both stressful — and incredibly rewarding. Being able to share the beginning of your marriage with your family and friends in a beautiful place is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and it’s important to make the most of it. Weddings are challenging enough to plan, and once you add in the travel component, the logistics can be nothing short of overwhelming. To help you in this process, we’ve compiled a list of destination wedding tips. Read on for more!

 

Think of your destination wedding as a vacation for you — and all of your closest friends and family.

Destination weddings are typically much smaller than traditional weddings, allowing you to spend more time having fun and making memories with those closest to you. As such, when your loved ones have traveled so far to celebrate your wedding, it’s a great idea to plan activities not just for you, but for everyone involved. Are there great local attractions or activities, such as golf, deep sea fishing, luxury spas, theme parks, beaches, or shopping? Incorporate those into your weekend’s itinerary or provide your guests with information on how to book their own excursions. Give your guests tons of opportunities to enjoy their time at your destination, and they’ll be so glad they came.

 

Remember that everything, including your dress, has to travel to the destination too.

Plan ahead and you won’t have to stress about the details once you arrive. Choose a dress that travels well and is made from fabric that won’t wrinkle easily. If you’re flying, don’t entrust the all-important dress to a shipper — bring it with you on the plane. As for any extra details like decor, call your venue several weeks prior to the wedding to see what they already have and what you need to provide.

 

Delegate tasks, and don’t be afraid to let the professionals help you with anything large or small.

We can’t say this enough — your wedding is about you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, and don’t let the biggest day of your life pass you by because you’re too stressed or overwhelmed. The wedding and hospitality industries are full of people who are well-equipped to handle any and every task, from food to exquisite decor to the mundane tasks, like getting a marriage license. Even if you’re not sure it’s possible, just ask!