MY TOP TIPS FOR PLANNING A WEDDING ABROAD
The time for my abroad wedding is finally here! However I wanted to share with you all my top tips and general tips for planning your special day abroad! (It’s not always as straight forward as it may seem).
ALWAYS make sure to plan ahead! Last minute wedding planning is definitely not an option when having the special day abroad. Weddings in general require lots of planning and getting married abroad is no exception. We would go as far as to say it takes longer to plan your perfect day in a place far, far away. Be aware that some places also have an allocated time you have to spend in the country before getting married. Think of the practicalities of how your big day will unfold. For example, getting married in the middle of a forest would require outside changing facilities for you to slip into your dress beforehand.
This is my fav tip! If you can HIRE THAT WEDDING PLANNER. This is often a fast-track option a lot of soon to be wed’s. In my opinion a wedding planner is certainly a must if you’re looking to plan your wedding abroad. The perfect wedding planner is worth every penny – trust us. They will have local knowledge of the area, will be able to speak fluently and save you money on last minute essentials. However, be aware of hidden costs before you hire anyone. Some planners charge for everything little thing surrounding your wedding (flowers, confetti, music etc) which we don’t really agree with. Wedding planners are hired to make your life a little easier in the months before your wedding so choose carefully.
There are many factors that go into selecting a wedding venue for your bride/groom to be. Does it mean something to you? Did you get engaged while on holiday and want to go back there? Talk to your wedding planner, who will inspire you with ideas.
For us personally we chose to get wed in the stunning and tranquil Lake Como and we are over the moon!
Did you know that on average an abroad wedding costs a lot less than a wedding in the UK?! This is one of the main reason couples are attracted to weddings abroad is they usually work out as the cheaper option. Although long haul flights to sunnier destinations are costly, the lower cost of living makes weddings very good value.
Always try and remember the smaller details. Where you decide will affect everything, from the dress you wear to your choice of flats or heels. If a beach wedding under the Caribbean sun is your idea of paradise then you may want to consider wearing thinner material. Some airlines allow wedding dresses to be hung up to prevent creases; you may want to check with a flight attendant before boarding to ensure you look 100 percent on your big day.
Did you find this blog post interesting? I can’t wait to show you all our special images from our special day in Lake Como, keep posted!