Do’s and Don’ts for Destination Wedding Planning

No one ever said that planning a wedding was going to be easy and if you are thinking of getting married abroad, it is important to know what to expect on the day.

To help you out we have compiled a list of do’s and don’ts for abroad wedding planning, to make sure that the lead up to your big day goes as smoothly as possible!

Photo credit: Destination Wedding by Carsten Schertzer via Flickr CC
Photo credit Destination Wedding by Carsten Schertzer via Flickr CC


  • Let everyone who you would like to be at your wedding have as much time to plan as possible.
  • Create a wedding website with all of the details of your big day e.g. the wedding date and reception, local hotels and any other details that they will need to know leading up to the big day.
  • Your research. There are certain legality’s that come with getting married abroad. It is important to know where you can legally marry in your chosen country and any laws that you need to abide by.
  • Speak with your airline before your fly regarding luggage allowance, especially if you are planning on travelling with your wedding dress.
  • Embrace the culture! Having speciality dishes based on your wedding destination could make your day that extra bit special.


  • Tell any of your guests any details of your wedding that is not set in stone. Having to break the news that something has changed may cause unwanted stress for both you and your guests.
  • Take it to heart if not everyone can attend your wedding. Getting married abroad can be a big expense for your guests. Not everyone will be able to take their children out of school or get time off work.
  • Sweat the small stuff. Chances are that not everything will go as smoothly as you hoped, but that is okay! As long as you are getting married to the love of your life, what else matters?
  • Overlook hiring a wedding planner. A destination wedding planner will be aware of all of the hidden gems within the location you are getting married that you may of missed. Wedding Planners also get discounts and could end up saving you money!
  • Forget your documents! You wont be able to get married without them. Some examples of documents you will need are: passport, birth certificate, certificate of No Impediment etc.

Good luck with your wedding planning and all the best for your big day!