Planning a destination wedding

19 March 2015
Here are some tips to ensure your destination wedding goes off without a hitch.
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Last Sunday saw Mlondi and Mbali having to travel to Melmoth for their wedding. Getting married some distance away from friends, family and, more importantly, your wedding suppliers comes with a host of risks. So here are some tips to ensure your destination wedding goes off without a hitch.

Plan well in advance

When it comes to planning a destination wedding, the earlier you start, the better. This is especially true if you are planning to stay at a resort and will need to book a number of rooms for friends and family. You’ll also want to make sure that picturesque little chapel under the oaks isn’t already booked for you special day.

Check the weather

A romantic sunset ceremony on the beach can quickly turn sour when a thunderstorm unexpectedly rolls in off the sea. While weather prediction is hardly a science, you can consider seasonal weather patterns for your destination before booking anything

Check the calendar

You don’t want to plan a Knysna wedding during the Oyster festival or whatever else draws tourists and inflates prices. On the other hand, do you want to get married during the off-season when a lot of restaurants are closed and there’s nothing going on?

Get help

If you’re hosting your wedding far from home, you will need to hand over some of the details to someone else. A local wedding planner can help with researching and hiring local vendors for catering, décor, tent rentals etc.

Remember the budget

While a destination wedding may sound wonderful and exotic, it’s always best to keep the budget in mind. You don’t want to start you marriage under a mountain of debt. Also remember how rich (or poor) your friends are. Will you be sad when half of your friends can’t afford to come to your wedding?

Destination weddings can be truly spectacular. They can also turn into an absolute nightmare. So keep these tips in mind if you’re intent on heading into the wild blue yonder for your nuptials.