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Top Tips For Planning A Destination Wedding After Covid

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Now that travel restrictions are starting to ease, many couples are keen to make up for lost time and tie the knot as quickly as possible. But with many wedding venues booked up until 2024, the prospect of pulling together a venue and vendors might seem quite overwhelming. So, what is the alternative?

Grabbing your passports and heading overseas for a less conventional wedding is one option that seems tempting to couples that have been UK-bound for the past few years. It’s incredibly tempting to combine wedding celebrations with a long-overdue holiday. Here are just some of the things you’ll need to think about if you’re planning a destination wedding after Covid-19.

The basics

If you’re getting itchy feet and thinking about tying the knot overseas, there are a few things you should consider first. For starters, you need to understand the rules and regulations in your chosen destination. Hiring a local elopement company can help you to simplify the process and make sure the final ceremony is legal and above board. A company like Good Look Wedding can help if you’re planning a ceremony in the Dominican Republic, Russia or Macedonia.

Next, you’ll need to arrange travel. Working with a travel agent can help you to make sure everything runs smoothly, and you’ll have the added reassurance of extra support if any of the travel restrictions change in the meantime.

And finally, you should also check that your passports have sufficient validity. It may have been a while since you last left the country, and your passport could have expired in the meantime. Make sure you aren’t caught out at the airport and check your passport validity before you travel. Changes to European travel rules mean that you will now need at least 6 months validity left on your passport to be admitted into the country.

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Give guests plenty of notice

If you’re planning to invite guests to your wedding, you need to give them plenty of notice. As soon as you have the destination and date picked out, it’s time to create your wedding invitations.

Creating a wedding website will enable you to share more information about your destination wedding so that guests can quickly decide if they can make it and book travel. A wedding website will also allow you to keep guests updated as the date looms ever closer.

Accept that some people won’t make it

Planning a destination wedding means that you might have to accept a stripped-back guest list. And even some of the people on the limited list may not be able to make it. Some people still aren’t comfortable travelling, and others would struggle to get the time off work. Others might already have their summer holiday booked already, so the added cost might be too much.

Make it easy for guests to quietly opt out without making them feel obliged to attend. If you go into destination wedding planning accepting that some people won’t be able to make it, you’ll be far less likely to feel disappointed.

Focus on the smaller details

When you get married overseas, the wedding is often a stripped-back event. The cost of planning an extravagant overseas wedding is often too much, so couples rely on the natural scenic beauty to provide all the decor they need.

So while you might not be able to plan elaborate florals and decor, you can splurge on the smaller details. We recommend taking the time to commission custom wedding bands for your big day with the help of Michael Frank Jewellers. They will help you to create custom stunning bands that will be a lasting reminder of your special day.

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Roll it in with a honeymoon

A great way to save money and get more value from your destination wedding is to combine it with your honeymoon. You’re already out of the country, so why not save the money on flights and enjoy a few weeks away after the ceremony? @luxurylondonguy can help you to create a bespoke itinerary that will make your post-wedding plans feel extra special.

Plan a party for your homecoming

If you’ve had to trim the guest list down, then some people might feel like they are missing out on celebrating your big day. Which sounds like the perfect excuse to throw a homecoming party. Beyond Bar Hire can help you to turn your home or garden into a fully-stocked bar, so you can raise a glass with your nearest and dearest and make sure no one misses out on the festivities.

Ready to start planning your dream wedding? We’re here to help in any way we can. From connecting you with friendly suppliers that will support your dreams, to helping you to define your wedding aesthetic. Get in touch today to learn more.

Debbie and Becca x

Image 1 : @luxurylondonguy

Image 2 : Good Look Wedding

Image 3 : Michael Frank Jewellers

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