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Destination Wedding Checklist – Keep ticking off with eagerness and satisfaction!

Uniquely poignant and a joyful experience for the couple and an exciting rendezvous for your closest friends and relatives, a destination wedding is all about creating an everlasting memory of an unforgettable day, let us discover how to plan for this exciting day without being unduly stressed.


Choose the destination

Everything about the wedding revolves around the destination. A safe location which has all the resources you would require such as accommodation for the close group of invitees, accessibility and facilities for children. Check on travel advisories and health concerns as you want all invitees to attend without worrying about their safety and comfort. Consider flying times and the impact of jet lag on older guests.


Build-in Guest Lodging

Although the couple is not expected to provide accommodation to the invitees, you can demonstrate consideration and thoughtfulness by recommending several options for different budget ranges bearing in mind that they are within a reasonable radius of the location of the event. Getting room blocks in advance will always give a lower price and make it possible to have the entire party within close vicinity. For beach weddings, many of the best all inclusive resorts in Maldives provide different price points and rate considerations for wedding party teams.


Use a professional planner

The wisdom and experience of a good planner cannot be underestimated for a destination wedding. Numerous calls with lengthy discussions of details, and having to face language barriers with numerous vendors can be avoided by using an expert. You need to have a good foundation laid before you arrive with all details taken care of so that both you can and the guests can arrive free of stress. Some of the hotels such as Adaaran Maldives have on-site coordinators who are versatile and experienced to handle events for couples seeking destination weddings.


Embrace local to save much

A good slice of your budget can be saved by using locally sourced flowers as well as local specialities and décor. In addition to easing your wallet, it also gives both of you the immersive experience which drew you to the destination and the environment to have your special day celebrated here.


A quick pre-wedding visit

In most cases, the couple would visit the site well in advance and once again closer to the wedding day to finalize the details. The second visit is important to get the real vibes of the location so that you understand how your guests would feel about the place. This visit is also ideal to do your hair and makeup trials. If your schedule does not permit this advance visit, plan to arrive a few days early at the location to do these.


Dialogue with your Planner

A constant dialogue must ensue with your planner as the date comes closer learning about the vendors, the progress of the plan, local marriage requirements, finding out whether there are additional expenses etc.


Your wedding dress

Be meticulous in selecting the dress considering the climate of the destination and the location. A breathable dress is ideal for a tropical wedding setting. Ensure you have the bridal dress in your hand luggage if you are travelling by air, get it packed professionally and unfold it and hang it on arrival. If pressing is needed it can be handled locally at the destination. This way no undue worry about looking gorgeous in that dream dress you have been wanting for your special day.

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