13 Must-Read Tips for Planning a Destination Wedding
Don’t book your wedding away until you’ve checked these things off your wedding-planning checklist
WHO Linda Mitchell, Founder of Luxury Destination Travel
WHAT A luxury travel specialist for destination weddings & honeymoons
Thinking that a wedding weekend in paradise, Europe or another favorite vacation spot is the way to go for your big day? Flying off to wed out of town is becoming more and more common, but planning a destination wedding can be just as stressful and even more complicated as a wedding in the Big Apple.
You have the added to-do’s of hotel accommodations for your entire wedding guest list, transportation to and from the airport, multiple pre- and post-wedding events, and if you’re getting married internationally there are different laws for obtaining a marriage license in every country, so you need to review them and make sure you meet those requirements. (Some countries, like France, require a couple live there for a few days to a month!)
So where do you start?
LINDA’S TRADE SECRETS
- Many international destinations now require that your U.S. passport is valid for no less than 6 months of your travel dates. Remind your guests to renew their passport if it will expire 9 months before they’re leaving for your wedding, or they may not be allowed to take off.
- Find out if your credit card offers travel insurance as a benefit, or buy some for your trip just in case an unforeseen circumstance arises.
- If you have connectivity issue at the airport, screenshot your boarding pass before leaving home so you don’t have to rely on an email download or an airline app. You can also print your boarding pass as a backup.
- Avoid added scrutiny at security by not over packing your carry-on bag. If it’s too dense for the scanner to read you will be pulled aside for a hand check.
- Check with the airline months before your flight on their policy on traveling with a wedding gown. With less available carry-on storage space, airlines are now eliminating the option to bring your gown on a hanger. They may require you to pack your dress in a carry-on bag, so have it professionally packed in a large box of suitcase.
Traveling to a dreamy location and spending fun-filled days and exciting evenings with your family and friends is the most exciting way to celebrate your special day. —Linda