Plan­ning a Des­ti­na­tion Wed­ding

“Give guests plenty of no­tice, don’t pres­surise them into com­ing and have a sec­ondary cel­e­bra­tion at home for all the peo­ple who couldn’t make it”

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One way you’re go­ing to guar­an­tee your big day gets splashed across In­sta­gram is by or­gan­is­ing a des­ti­na­tion wed­ding. Whether it’s a beach cer­e­mony in Bali, a food fest in Tus­cany or a Parisian ball, a wed­ding away from your home­town makes things glo­ri­ously glamorous but also a lot more com­pli­cated. We say: get your­self the best wed­ding plan­ner money can buy if you’re mar­ry­ing any­where other than where you live.

“An­other fac­tor to con­sider with a des­ti­na­tion wed­ding is the peo­ple who are com­ing—and ac­cept­ing the fact that not ev­ery­one you love will prob­a­bly be able to be there,” says Bryant. “If you’re plan­ning the event some­where a long way from where you live, give them plenty of no­tice, don’t pres­surise them into com­ing and have a sec­ondary cel­e­bra­tion at home for all the peo­ple who couldn’t make it.”

Once they’re there, you’ll need to ar­range more events than you would have done at home, where it’s fine to have just one big party—events that will al­low the guests to min­gle with one an­other and find out more about the des­ti­na­tion. “If peo­ple have made the ef­fort to fly some­where, they’ll prob­a­bly ex­pect drinks or din­ner the night be­fore the wed­ding and a brunch the day af­ter the wed­ding,” says Bryant. “You’ll also need to re­search guest houses and ho­tels they can stay at around the big day—and if they’re fly­ing a long way, try and plan some fun days out in the lead-up to the wed­ding. Even if you can’t at­tend your­self, it’s a great way for your guests to get to know each other.”

Ul­ti­mately, plan­ning a wed­ding is hard—so give your­self a pat on the back for even do­ing it, and make sure you’re clear, calm and level-headed at ev­ery stage. That way, not much can go wrong. Un­less you’re mar­ry­ing Hugh Grant, that is…

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