Des­ti­na­tion: wed­ding!

Fresh from her over­seas nup­tials, Harriet McCready shares her best tips on get­ting hitched away from home

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Kim K’s done it. So has Jen­nifer Hawkins and Chrissy Teigen. And ear­lier this year, even I did it. Yes, my now-hus­band and I opted to have a des­ti­na­tion wed­ding, a trend that has risen a crazy 400 per cent in re­cent years*. For us, it was a no-brainer: I’m Aus­tralian and we live in Syd­ney, but he’s from a cool town called Asheville in North Carolina, US, so why not get mar­ried there and make a hol­i­day out of it? It may sound easy enough, but 10 days out from our big day it dawned on me that I was about to get mar­ried in a venue I hadn’t seen, carry flow­ers I’d never heard of and serve food I’d never tasted. Yes, plan­ning a des­ti­na­tion wed­ding comes with its own unique set of hur­dles and can be in­cred­i­bly stress­ful. That’s why we’ve put to­gether this guide to help make things a lit­tle smoother. Rest as­sured, the pay-off is SO worth it…

HIRE A WED­DING PLAN­NER

Oh, how I wish I’d done this. I didn’t as I was try­ing to save $$$ but, in hind­sight, it would’ve saved me buck­et­loads of stress. Ros Davis, who got mar­ried in Bali, agrees and says one of the big rea­sons why she chose Bali is be­cause she would be able to af­ford a wed­ding plan­ner. “You need lo­cal knowl­edge and some­one who can not only or­gan­ise ev­ery­thing in ad­vance, but who can also be there on the day and talk to sup­pli­ers in their own lan­guage,” she says. If it re­ally isn’t in the bud­get, con­sider at least ei­ther a ‘day-of’ plan­ner, or do what Chloë Spack­man, who got mar­ried in New Or­leans, did: “We en­gaged a wed­ding plan­ner on a ‘one-month-out pack­age’ – they just fi­nalise things with ven­dors in the weeks leading up to the wed­ding, plus co­or­di­nate ev­ery­thing on the day.”

Only Kris Jen­ner would be able to plan a wed­ding in nine days (for Khloé’s wed­ding to La­mar). The rest of us need at least a full 12 months. As for your guests, they need a min­i­mum of eight months’ no­tice to lock in an­nual leave and save money. “We gave peo­ple two years’ no­tice and, as a re­sult, more peo­ple were able to be there,” says Terri Reynolds, who got mar­ried in 2014 in a French chateau.

#RE­GRETS

That said, no mat­ter how much no­tice you give, you need to pre­pare your­self that some of your guests will de­cline. And it will suck. But it has noth­ing to do with how much they love you, and more about work, fi­nances or even preg­nancy. A small party at home is a nice con­so­la­tion. “We held a small civil cer­e­mony and a lunch be­fore head­ing over­seas for those peo­ple who couldn’t come with us, in­clud­ing my grand­mother,” says Terri. “It was a lovely day and al­lowed us to cel­e­brate with our friends who couldn’t come to France.”

VENUES: GO­ING IN BLIND

The hard­est part of wed­ding plan­ning will be choos­ing a venue with­out be­ing able to see it in per­son. If it’s not pos­si­ble for any friends to check it out on your be­half or for you to do a recce, go into Stalker Mode. By creep­ing on In­sta­gram and Face­book ac­counts of brides who’ve had their

GIVE YOUR­SELF LOTS OF TIME

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