Having a destination wedding can be an absolutely wonderful experience. But whilst the beautiful vista provides a fantastically romantic and Insta-worthy backdrop, organising a wedding abroad comes with some challenges.
One of the major issues that occurs when planning a destination wedding is the lack of control you have over certain details and bookings. Whilst a traditional wedding in your home country allows you to visit the venues and attend cake tasting, you simply have to take a leap of faith with a lot of these details when planning a wedding abroad.
But of course, this shouldn’t put you off having the wedding of your dreams. In fact, with a little bit of planning and some creative thinking, you can make sure that your wedding happens exactly as you want it to. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at five ways you can make sure your destination wedding still has that personal touch.
Curate the music
In the digital age, you can very easily put together a meaningful playlist that reflects both your personalities. So if you’ve already maxed out your budget on flights and hotels, why not spend some time really perfecting an amazing playlist?
You can have different playlists for different parts of the day and you can even involve guests by asking each person to pick three of their favourite songs ahead of time and adding them to the list. The beauty of this is that it doesn’t cost you anything, it doesn’t weigh anything or take up any valuable luggage space and it can be deeply personal and customised however you want.
Get a designer cake
A wedding cake can be more than something to soak up the champagne. At a destination wedding, where you simply aren’t able to taste every single appetiser and catering offering, why not splash out on a lavish cake? If you find a local designer cupcakes and wedding cake bakery, you can get a delicious novelty cake made just for you. Don’t be afraid to go big on the design as it can be used as a wonderful centrepiece on the day.
It’s hard to make a new venue in a foreign country to seem personal to you. But you can bring a bit of home to the proceedings by personalise the decor at the venue with some photos of you, your partner and friends & family.
This can be done in a number of different ways of course and depends on your taste and creative talents. But generally speaking, it’s something that’s relatively small, light and can be carried in your hand luggage. Basically, you get maximum personalisation for minimum effort.
Create Signature Cocktails
Whether it’s making a clever pun involving your name and the name of your favourite cocktail, or coming up with your very own concoction, signature cocktails are a great way to inject a bit of your personality into proceedings.
Make an itinerary
If you and your friends & family are travelling abroad for your wedding, you might as well make a holiday out of it. And whilst you might want to give people the freedom to explore a little on their own, it’s also a nice idea to come up with a rough itinerary or a list of things that people might like to do. This again can be as extravagant or as simple as you wish. If you’re low on budget, you can simply e-mail a list of suggestions to people. If you’ve got some money to spend, you can organise a bus to collect guests from their hotels and do a little tour. Whatever you choose, make it a fun and memorable thing that you can enjoy with those nearest and dearest to you.
A destination wedding doesn’t have to mean letting go of some of your favourite home comforts. With a bit of planning, you can combine the exploration of a new culture with the celebration of your own culture. Whatever you decide to do, just remember that the best way to personalise your destination wedding is by having your friends and family with you to celebrate.