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How To Plan Your Dream Destination Wedding

How To Plan Your Dream Destination Wedding


Have you got plans to tie the knot? If he or she has said ‘yes’ to the big question, then now’s the time to start thinking about your wedding. If that is you, you’re certainly not alone – according to the most recent figures from the Office for National Statistics, there were almost 250,000 marriages in England and Wales in 2017However, with the average UK wedding said to cost between £18,000 and £32,000, you might decide that you want to celebrate your big day together on foreign shores. Destination weddings can be a cheaper alternative, and the (hopefully) better weather only adds to the feel-good buzz of the occasion.

So, if it sounds like an attractive proposition to you and your loved one, why not read this handy guide to planning a destination wedding…

Be prepared to disappoint people:

Unfortunately, choosing to get married abroad means you might have to reduce your guest list. It may be that your dream venue can only cater for limited numbers, or it could be that the added cost of flights and accommodation will mean some of your friends and family can’t afford it. The important thing to remember is that it’s your wedding, so you have to plan it as you want to.

Choose your location and visit in advance:

From beautiful Caribbean beaches to rustic European wineries, there are all manner of venues and destinations for you to choose from. They’ll all look stunning in photos online, but the best and only way to get a real feel for the place is to go and visit beforehand. Apart from anything else, it offers the perfect excuse for another holiday!

Think about a wedding planner:

It might be worth hiring a planner who’s native to the country or who is attached to the venue. That way, they’re more likely to be familiar with the surroundings and can help you overcome any language barriers you might face. As a suggestion, Paradise Weddings are an award-winning destination wedding planner company who make planning easy by doing all the work for you!  

Check local marriage laws:

Different countries will have different rules about how a wedding should be held in order for it to be recognised in the eyes of the law, so it’s vital that you do your research into these requirements before you make your decision. The venue or your planner, should you choose to hire one, should be able to offer guidance on this subject.

Purchase insurance:

Planning a wedding is stressful enough, especially when you consider the sums involved. An insurance policy can offer priceless peace of mind so that you know even if something goes awry, you are protected and won’t suffer a major financial hit.

Be organized:

Once everything is booked and the big day is approaching, you’ll need to be organised in your packing. Make a list of the essentials – wedding rings, passports, tickets, dresses, suits etc – and tick them off as they go into the suitcase. Then, you’re all set to enjoy your dream destination wedding!

About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Her travels allow her the opportunity to pursue her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. Fiona Manonn
    October 11, 2021 at 7:19 am

    Ever since I got engaged the idea of planning a wedding was just overwhelming and I had no idea where to start. My fiance and I eventually explored the option for a destination wedding and we stumble upon We’ve been working with Lina C. and she’s been to patient and responsive with all my needs. She’s made the whole planning process easy to follow along but especially not overwhelming at all. I honestly forget she’s working with a lot more couples besides us because she’s always on her A Game! She’s been helping us with finalizing resort/wedding for us and guests and on top of that also helping with our honeymoon plans. She’s amazing at what she does! Thank you!

  2. Wilson
    December 3, 2021 at 4:01 am

    Many thanks for your valuable content. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Will surely come and visit this blog more often. Thanks for sharing.

    Keep up the awesome work and know that you’re appreciated!


    • Carmen Edelson
      December 6, 2021 at 10:08 pm

      Thanks Wilson!

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