Congratulations! As you embark on planning your Destination Wedding, oftentimes stress and overwhelm can creep in.
It can be a challenge to juggle everything that is on your plate, especially without a plan or hiring a Destination Wedding Specialist to keep you on track.
You’ve done everything you know to do; you downloaded a starter kit, you joined a Facebook Group, you’re following the wedding planning websites, but alas, you find yourself still awake at 2 am searching for answers and ideas.
Soon, you’re making a chiropractor appointment because you’re always looking down at your phone and you’re purchasing a wrist brace to provide support for your overworked scrolling thumb!
Well, that’s not going to get you the solution you’re looking for! So, here are four tips to simplify planning your wedding and even enjoy the process!
1.-Get clear on your vision
If you’ve been looking online for wedding inspiration, then you know that the choices are endless. Your Pinterest board may be a hodge-podge of different looks, colors, and themes, making it difficult to decide what you really want. Without having clarity on your vision for your wedding day, you will never have a direction to head in and could find yourself endlessly researching and never actually putting things in place.
Some people are clear on the vibe they are going for, but if you’re like me, everything looks pretty and everything is nice, so your Pin board looks like you’re throwing paint at a canvas! I like it all! Now what? Well, start by looking to see if you at least have a color or hue, like pastels, that is showing up the most in your saved inspirations, and get rid of everything that doesn’t match that. Then, look to see if you have a style or look that tends to have more saves like a whimsical theme and get rid of pins and images that aren’t whimsical. As you do this, you’ll narrow down your vision.
This will then allow you to be clearer on what you are searching for. So, instead of googling something generic like “wedding décor ideas” you’ll search for “whimsical wedding décor ideas” and thus avoid being overwhelmed.
2.-Quiet the voices
Let’s be real. Ladies love planning weddings and giving their opinions. One reason why it is difficult to make a decision is because of too many opinions on the options you’ve narrowed down. Decide who will be a voice in your destination wedding planning and stick with only those voices. I recommend keeping it at one or two “outside” voices of people you trust.
3.-Decide on your non-negotiables
The challenge in planning a dream destination wedding is also weighing every option against the “will this fit in the budget?” question. At this point in life, like me, you’ve realized that money does not grow on trees. Darn it.
As you scroll on Pinterest and Instagram, getting inundated with images of perfection and then falling to your knees when you find out the cost to pull that off, you once again feel like you’re running into a brick wall. The easiest way to avoid spiraling into depression is to sit down and write a list of everything you want. Then, take the items from that list that are “non-negotiables” and put them in a separate column and the items that are “wants, but you could live without” in another column. You and your fiancé should have your list and then collaborate to create a new list.
Let’s say that you both decide that photography was where you are willing to splurge more. This would be a non-negotiable item that you would then allot more of the budget to, and essentially you are saying that you are willing to let go of other things in order to have the best photographer. Make sense? This simple strategy will help you get clarity on what matters most to you and stay on budget and avoid disappointment.
4.- Hire a Destination Wedding Specialist
Hiring a professional a Destination Wedding Specialist will save you tons of time and money!
You don’t need to tire yourself of planning your wedding after your work hours, there are professionals in the market that will be your right hand and will do all the heavy lifting for you. They have great connections and are knowledgeable, they will guide you through all the processes and will make it easy and enjoyable for you!
Speaking of a Destination Wedding Specialist, that happens to be my specialty!
If you just got engaged, congratulations! You are in for an adventure of your lifetime - marriage. If you are still thinking about where to say your I dos - think no more. A destination wedding could be a perfect choice to celebrate the love between you and your sweetheart. My mission is to help you find the perfect destination for your dream wedding. Therefore, here's a list of the most romantic places to get married around the globe. Enjoy!
Why choose a destination wedding?
When it comes to your wedding, you can always go for a standard reception and host a great party for your friends and family somewhere in your hometown. However, there is something truly magical and romantic about destination weddings. Why? Here are just some of the reasons that will make you at least consider:
● Although it sounds expensive, a destination wedding can actually cost you less or the same as a wedding in the US.
● You can choose a location that uniquely represents your love and have it shared with your favorite people.
● Your guest will have a perfect opportunity to have a vacation at an incredible place while attending your wedding.
● Not only will you enjoy stunning views, but there are also plenty of romantic activities for both you and your guests.
● When you remember your wedding or look at your wedding photos after years of marriage, you will get goosebumps. It also makes a great story to tell your future kids.
If you choose a destination wedding, I strongly advise doing only a symbolic wedding and getting legally married here in the US. This way, you'll avoid potential complications and ensure you have the time of your life!
Now let me begin sharing the most romantic places to get married around the globe!
Peru is the perfect wedding destination. You and your guests can enjoy stunning beaches, views of breathtaking mountains, spectacular deserts, gorgeous forests and jungles, and so much more!
What really makes Peru perfect is that you can find a fantastic location for all tastes! If you are looking for a dreamy ocean view, Paracas is your place to go. Or, you can choose one of the beautiful beaches in Lima and have the time of your life.
Mancora is perfect if you want a beach wedding in January. As it's summer all year round in northern Peru, you can choose any date without having to worry about bad weather. If you are looking for something truly magical, Sacred Valley is truly something to experience and see!
In all these places and many more around Peru, you find luxurious resorts to host a stunning reception, or you can have a private ceremony and reception in nature - the choice is yours.
This Caribbean jewel can be a perfect place to have your wedding and honeymoon! If you enjoy endless sandy beaches and gorgeous sunsets, you don't have to search anymore - Jamaica's got you covered!
If you are looking for a great all-inclusive resort, you can find it almost anywhere in Jamaica. Whitehouse, Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, Negril, and there are plenty more to choose from. Also, there are many fun and romantic activities for everyone to enjoy. From spending a day at the organic spa to ziplining through a rainforest, you could never be bored.
Some places truly leave you speechless and make you wish to never come back home. In fact, there are couples that fall in love with their wedding destination that they decide to move there. And who can blame them - nowadays, you can transport your stuff to any destination pretty easily with the help of international movers. And with internet connection being available everywhere, you can keep in touch with your family on a daily basis.
Regardless if you are looking for impressive beaches or glorious cities, you can find them in Greece. You will instantly fall in love with delicious food, be amazed by the cultural heritage, and be left speechless by stunning views.
If you are looking for a great, modern venue but also experience a traditional Greek vibe, Mykonos should be your choice. You've probably already seen some amazing photos on Instagram! Another beautiful place is Santorini which is framed by the sea and mountains and filled with whitewashed, cubiform houses. Greece's capital, Athens, is excellent if you are looking for a city wedding with some incredible historical sites all around you.
When you think of Mexico, you think of immaculate beaches and an abundance of all-inclusive resorts, which makes it an ideal destination for you to tie the knot. Not only that, but you'll enjoy perfect weather, historic architecture, and plenty of adventure activities.
If you want to say "I do" on a mesmerizing beach, Puerto Vallarta might be a place you're looking for. It's also full of greenery, and it will make you feel so serene! On the other hand, if you are looking for a lively atmosphere, choose the tourist hotspot Cancun. It offers many fun and exciting activities for everyone to enjoy.
You’ll agree that nothing says romance like Italy! Whether you want a view at sea, lake, vineyards or be in the city - there is something for everyone in this ancient country.
Choose one of the places at Almafi Coast if you want to have a beach wedding and enjoy the view of the Mediterranean Sea. My personal favorite is Ravello - its beauty inspired Wagner to write his famous opera ‘Parsifal’.
For history and architecture lovers, there is no place like Rome where you can even tie the knot in a castle! Take a look at Castello di Tor Crescenza. You can say yes in a gondola in Venice or next to the world's most beautiful lake - Lake Como. And don't forget stunning green Tuscany and those amazing vineyards!
So, which destination will you choose?
I hope you like our selection of the world's most romantic places to get married. Let us know which one you've selected by leaving a comment below. If you already had your dream wedding at a destination that's not on our list, do share. I'm always searching for unique places to help couples have the wedding they've always imagined!
This article was written in collaboration by Sophia Perry.
Sophia Perry has been engaged in creating content for Transparent International and other moving companies for the last 8 years. In her spare time, Sophia enjoys running, reading books and spending time with her dogs Loo and Sill. As a great lover of life, she finds something practical and useful in every experience, which contributes to her portfolio as well.
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