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”
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…