Plan­ning a des­ti­na­tion wed­ding

Wedding Destinations - - HAPPENINGS - - By Jessie Kollen

One of the best things about a des­ti­na­tion wed­ding is that it can be­come a hol­i­day for ev­ery­one. The day of a wed­ding can fly past in a de­light­ful blur of fam­ily, friends and fes­tiv­i­ties. A des­ti­na­tion wed­ding has cou­ples safe in the knowl­edge that there will still be time to spend with all of their guests.

Mar­ry­ing at a dis­tant lo­ca­tion - or even one that is not so dis­tant - has a few or­gan­i­sa­tional dif­fer­ences from hav­ing a wed­ding at home. But not to worry, those dif­fer­ences don’t have to mean ex­tra plan­ning, or a big­ger bud­get. A des­ti­na­tion wed­ding can even be less ex­pen­sive and in­volve less prepa­ra­tion.

The best made plan­ners

Nearly ev­ery bride and groom who have or­gan­ised a wed­ding overseas sing the praises of their wed­ding plan­ner. When it comes to or­gan­is­ing a wed­ding in a for­eign coun­try a plan­ner pro­vides in­valu­able prac­ti­cal sup­port, from lias­ing with lo­cals for ca­ter­ing, hair and make-up, to pho­tog­ra­phy and last minute emer­gen­cies or changes of venue. The ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge of a wed­ding plan­ner can­not be un­der­es­ti­mated. Be­sides, when some­one else is see­ing to the de­tails it’s pos­si­ble for the bride and groom, and their guests, to re­lax and en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence. Look for a plan­ner with plenty of pos­i­tive on­line re­views and give them a call, a con­ver­sa­tion will help to clar­ify if they’re the right per­son for the job.

Cul­tural con­sid­er­a­tions

The planned wed­ding des­ti­na­tion will of­ten have a dif­fer­ent set of cul­tural val­ues. It may not be pos­si­ble to have ev­ery­thing just as it was first en­vi­sioned, so be flex­i­ble and a dream wed­ding is still pos­si­ble. In some coun­tries there are re­li­gious as­pects to be taken into ac­count. In­done­sia for ex­am­ple, makes it nec­es­sary for those in­tend­ing to marry to de­clare a re­li­gion - and the bride and groom must be of the same re­li­gion, oth­er­wise one must pro­vide a writ­ten dec­la­ra­tion of change of re­li­gion. A bride and groom who cel­e­brated their out­door wed­ding in Hawaii found that a noise curfew of 10pm meant they needed to plan for a kick-on venue so the wed­ding party could con­tinue to cel­e­brate into the night.

Red tape

Ob­tain­ing the mar­riage li­cense means a cou­ple need to ar­rive in the coun­try days or even weeks be­fore the wed­ding date. Of­ten their in­ten­tion to marry will have to be posted as “banns” in ad­vance of re­ceiv­ing the li­cense it­self. Many places re­quire that the cou­ple ap­ply for the li­cense in per­son. In some cases all the cor­rect doc­u­men­ta­tion and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion must be sup­plied prior to ar­rival as well as upon ap­pli­ca­tion. Don’t for­get too, that lan­guage trans­la­tions of the mar­riage li­cense may also need to be ob­tained. On the very prac­ti­cal level of fi­nances, the ex­change rate or tip­ping cus­toms must be taken into ac­count, as cou­ples won’t want to be sur­prised by any hid­den costs.

Think­ing about guests

Some­times the de­ci­sion to have a des­ti­na­tion wed­ding is made be­cause mem­bers of the cou­ple’s fam­ily live in dif­fer­ent coun­tries. What­ever mo­ti­vates the de­ci­sion, bear in mind that guests will need to get time off work, save up for tick­ets and make travel plans, so give them plenty of no­tice. Send­ing out a “save the date” as much as a year in ad­vance of the wed­ding date is ad­vis­able. Think about the el­derly friends and fam­ily - is it fea­si­ble for them to make the jour­ney? Some­times it can be ap­pro­pri­ate to or­gan­ise an­other party at home to give those who can’t be there on the day a chance to cel­e­brate. But a des­ti­na­tion wed­ding doesn’t have to be overseas, invit­ing ev­ery­one for a week­end in the moun­tains or a day spent on a beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated boat float­ing down a gen­tly flow­ing river can be as much of an ad­ven­ture as trav­el­ling to an ex­otic lo­ca­tion.

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