While proposing can be nerve-wracking, even with a stunning rock from the likes of www.77diamonds.com, arranging a wedding can be even more stressful. That’s why it’s important to plan carefully and to do things in a sensible and logical way, particularly if you want to tie the knot abroad. Getting married overseas can be totally magical, but here’s how to ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible in the lead up to your nuptials.
Think big and brainstorm
If you know you want to get married in a different country but are not entirely sure where you want to go, brainstorming could help you decide. To do this, sit down with your partner and write down everything that comes to mind when you think of an overseas wedding. Don’t dilly-dally around too much, just let your brain do the talking and see what you come up with.
Once that’s done, check if there’s a common theme and start picking out things you both like the sound of. Of course, if you’ve written down white sandy beaches, palm trees and clear blue seas and your loved one has written down snow-capped mountains, log fires and skis you might have a problem but at least you’ll get an insight into what the other one is thinking and be able to compromise in some way.
When the type of wedding you want has been agreed you can then start researching destinations that match your ideas keeping an eye out for top deals. Remember, however, that if you want your family and friends to join you on your big day it might not be a good idea to book somewhere too far away as many of your nearest and dearest might not be able to make it due to work or family commitments. What’s more, it’s probably advisable to countries that require visas or extensive travel vaccines, as these can be both expensive and time consuming for all involved.
Choose a sensible wedding venue
Choosing a wedding venue from afar is not the easiest of tasks. In fact it can be incredibly difficult but with the help of the Internet (including hotel web pages, and review sites), travel brochures and travel agents, you should be able to find somewhere appropriate. When booking, it might be wise to find somewhere beautiful that also offers accommodation on site as this will make things easier for your guests.
Either that, or select a venue that has plenty of places to stay nearby to reduce travel times and other complications. Don’t book anywhere too remote or hard to access as this is sure to cause a lot of problems and always provide a list of places where people could or should stay – even if you ask guests to make their own accommodation arrangements.
Keep invites to a minimum
The more people you invite, the more complicated things will get, so while you don’t want to offend anyone, try to keep guests to a minimum by inviting immediate family and very special friends only. Sure, this might ruffle some feathers but to keep the peace you could always throw a big pre or post wedding party back home so other relatives and acquaintances don’t feel left out.
Make sure those who you have asked to join you on your big day reply in good time. You’ll need to provide the wedding venue, caterers and others with accurate numbers, so try to push people for a prompt response – and remember, some people might say yes and back down at the last minute so you might want to consider taking a deposit from guests in the most polite way possible.
However you decide to organise it, make all details clear on their invitations, which should also include a list of accommodation (as mentioned above) and relevant contact details. Alternatively, to save spoiling your information with too much writing, you could always consider starting up a wedding blog and referring all guests to your webpage.
Think about food carefully
There’s a high chance your choice of venue will offer a selection of meal options appropriate to the country in question. This can add to the uniqueness of the wedding but remember to ask if anyone has allergies and to feed this information on to the caterers. If your guests are a little on the fussy side, you might also want to change the menu completely and ask them to put on a buffet according to your tastes. This might not be possible but if you don’t ask you certainly won’t get. What’s more, remember to be realistic when it comes to desserts.
A big creamy extravaganza won’t last five seconds in hot temperatures, so take advice from local wedding planners who will give you great suggestions.
Planning a wedding can be time consuming, but it’s certainly worth the challenge.