When planning the perfect wedding, more and more couples are turning to destination weddings to make their dreams come true. A destination wedding has a lot offer. It is like having a honeymoon and wedding in one trip, and it is a great vacation for the wedding guests. It is hard to top a destination wedding for sheer fun.
However, there are some important logistics to consider when planning a destination wedding. Failing to plan properly can lead to some major headaches. To make an exotic wedding go as smoothly as possible, follow this guide to all the technical details that come with planning a wedding in a foreign land.
Most countries have some kind of residency requirement that couples have to meet in order to get married. Most countries that are popular for destination weddings have rather loose residency requirements. Southeast Asian and Caribbean countries have very relaxed residency requirements that make them perfect for destination weddings. European countries often have much stricter residency requirements. Always make sure to determine this while planning the logistics of the wedding. It may be necessary for the bride and groom to arrive in the country before any of the guests in order to take care of the residency requirement.
While checking out the residency requirements for the country where the marriage is taking place, also be sure to check out which documents that the country requires. Many will require an original birth certificate. Most will also require some kind of certification that the person getting married is eligible. This could be a divorce certificate or a sworn statement of being previously unmarried. These requirements are hard and fast, so be sure to find out exactly which documents will be necessary to tie the knot.
Getting Everyone There
One of the highlights of the destination wedding is the chance for friends and families to take a vacation together while they celebrate the wedding. Accentuate this fact by putting large groups together to fly to the destination. This will start the festive feeling of the occasion from the moment people meet at the airport, and it sets a great tone that will last throughout the trip.
The resorts usually give great package deals for people who have their wedding there, but be sure to ask about any charges for upgrades or changes members of the groups may wish to make. It is also a great idea to advise guests to get travel insurance for the trip. This trip insurance allows guests to avoid losing money if something unforeseen should happen to postpone the wedding.