5 Tips To Planning Your Dream Destination Wedding

I worked with Carla & Andrew, who live in Vancouver, British Columbia, plan their wedding here in Hamilton, Ontario. They wanted to get married at the same church in Dundas that Andrew’s parents were married in…(I know – cute). Carla’s vision for their wedding was, “A romantic walk-in-woods on a fall day,” to replicate how Andrew proposed to Carla. They knew what they wanted but the hard part was planning a wedding from a distance. Trying to find a venue and reliable vendors… it’s a lot of Googling and going with your gut. Here are some of my tips for planning a wedding from a distance (aka destination wedding).Have you and your fiance decided that you want to get married at a destination that’s not where you are currently living? Perhaps you want to get married in your home town or at your favourite tourist spot or maybe even a wedding abroad like the Caribbean or Europe. Now planning a wedding from a distance or a destination wedding is not easy and can be full of headaches. Many couples find it more stressful than the average at home wedding, because there’s a lot more of your time spent researching venues and vendors, communicating with them via e-mail, skype and telephone and stress from hoping you’ve hired reliable people to be a part of your wedding.Steph’s Bridal Advice For Planning A Wedding From A Distance:One option is to find vendors at home and pay for them to travel to your destination.
If you’re going with vendors at your destination make sure you do thorough research… check their portfolio (is it there work?), check references, if you can meet with them in person perfect… if you can’t make sure you chat with them over the phone or Skype… feel for the right ‘vibe’.
Consider hiring a wedding planner who is an expert in planning weddings either at home or at your destination to take some of the pressure off the two of you.
Schedule regular meetings to talk about your wedding plans with your vendors and stay connected through Facebook and Twitter.
It’s a really good idea to block out a week or two of time to go to the destination where you’re getting married and spend a few days making appointments with your venue and vendors to go over details and put your mind at ease.