Are you ready to embark on a romantic adventure? Planning a destination wedding can be an exhilarating journey filled with anticipation, picturesque locations, and unforgettable memories. In this guide, we will take you on a journey through a comprehensive timeline, ensuring that every step of your destination wedding planning is covered. From the moment you make the decision to have a destination wedding to the final countdown before your special day, we’ve got you covered. So sit back, relax, and let us guide you through this exciting chapter of your love story.
· Determine a budget for your wedding ceremony, reception,additional activities, favors, etc.
· Contact a destination wedding specialist, or travel agent.
· Fine-tune your wedding vision: the theme, colors, fine detailsand extras.
QUICKTIP: Set up Pinterest boards to share with your wedding coordinator and travel agent.
· Review all legal requirements and documentation needed for your wedding and submit all required forms to your wedding coordinator. Then, determine if you’re going to do a legal or symbolic ceremony.
· Create your guest list. The more rooms you fill, the moremoney you save—so invite everyone who you would’ve invitedfor a local wedding.
· Set up a wedding room block with your travel agent.
· Choose your wedding party.
· Send out Save the Dates.
· Create a wedding website with travel details andaccommodations.
· Review options for a DJ, cake, welcome events, band ,photographer and videographer. If you want to use an offsite vendor, get permission from the wedding coordinator (if an option) and confirm any additional fees for using an outside vendor
· Have your passport books (must be valid 6 months from your return date). Brides should use their maiden name since it willtake 3 weeks to get a copy of your marriage certificate. Names on the reservation must match your passports exactly!
· Continue working with your wedding planner from the resort to determine additional wedding events if desired (welcome cocktail party, rehearsal dinner/night before dinner,day after brunch)
· Purchase airline tickets and inquire about carrying your wedding dress on the plane.
· Set up a honeymoon registry, if you’d like.
· Buy your wedding dress!
· Start planning additional group activities –golfing, tours, excursions.
· Schedule your spa, hair and nail appointments.
· Schedule a spa day with your bridesmaids and loved ones, if desired.
· Review final contracts with your wedding planner.
· Select décor, flowers and your cake.
· For legal ceremonies, send completed paperwork to the coordinator if you have not done so already. These records must be received at least 60 days prior to yourceremony!
· Finalize your guest list and room requirements. Your travel agent will send youyour final guest list after the final payment due date (which is noted on invoice).
· Confirm any group amenities or benefits received from your group reservations.
· Confirm ceremony and reception locations and request any changes if needed/desired.
· Book ceremony musicians with your coordinator
· Share with the wedding coordinator any requested readings, songs, traditions, etc.
· Start selecting the menu(s).
· Confirm all décor, floral, cake and “extras” with wedding coordinator.
· Confirm menu for all wedding-related events: dinner the night prior, cocktailreception, wedding reception, etc.
· Finalize reception chart and seat cards (if applicable) and send to the weddingcoordinator.
· Have program, menu, place cards, etc. printed, if applicable.
· Confirm timeline of event(s) with wedding coordinator.
· Confirm all special requests with wedding coordinator.
· Shop for welcome bag goodies for guests, if desired. These items can’t be shipped inadvance!
· Review your wedding contract and make any final amendments your travel agent.will send your final guest list to the resort for all of those who booked into the group. If anyone booked outside of the group or at a different resort, the bride and groom will need to confirm their attendance at the wedding to make sure any additional fees have been paid.
· Confirm that your wedding coordinator has all the information/details needed forall wedding-related events.
· Schedule a trial hair and makeup run through the salon, if desired.
· Arrange for a private dinner on the beach for the two of you, if desired.
· Arrive at the resort (based on whether you are having a legal or symbolic ceremony).
· Meet with the wedding coordinator and/or onsite staff to go over all details, timeline,and any last-minute additions or amendments.
· Do a walk-through of ceremony and reception at the designated locations.
· Book salon appointments for the day of for bride and bridal party, if not booked inadvance.
· Arrange for welcome bag room drop, if desired—fees may apply.
· Leave your wedding dress and groom’s attire with the wedding coordinator to be steamed and prepared for your big day, if desired
· Have a welcome cocktail party, rehearsal, or welcome dinner, if desired.
· Arrange for special room drops for parents and/or wedding party, if desired (i.e. petit fours, champagne, flowers, etc.).
· Get an early night sleep so you are well-rested for your big day!
· Have a nice breakfast
· Go to hair appointment at salon –don’t forget your wedding veil and flowers!
· Enjoy your special day!