Destination weddings are becoming increasingly popular, with the promise of sunshine and holiday-level relaxation being the major draws. Some holidays abroad may turn out to be cheaper and easier to plan than a wedding at home. So, if you’ve been dreaming of a destination wedding then our handy guide will help you turn your dreams into reality. From choosing the perfect location to the dream dress we will impart some sage advice to help you along your destination wedding planning journey.

Find Your Perfect Location

You may already have a meaningful location in mind, if not, your priority should be choosing where you and your loved one will tie the knot. Consider your preferred setting, for example, can you imagine yourself getting married on the sandy shores of the Bahamas, in a sun-soaked villa in Tuscany or surrounded by the dazzling white houses in Santorini, the choices are limitless. The time of year and the climate of your chosen country should also be looked into before you make your final decision. 

Once you have picked your preferred country, you now need to find the right wedding venue. Do plenty of research into your choice and if you haven’t already done so, visit your destination ahead of time. This will ensure that you are truly happy with the venue where you will be spending one of the most important days of your life.

Whether you’re planning on inviting your entire family and friendship group or are simply eloping, remember to factor in costs of venue hire, flights and hotel stay, as well as the legal and residency requirements for getting married in a particular country. 

Inform Your Guests (with plenty of notice!)

If you are hoping to be joined by a large wedding party then it is essential to send out save the date cards with plenty of notice. This will allow your guests time to book flights and hotels and arrange time off work if needed. Here at Hip Hip Hooray, we stock a fabulous range of beautifully designed Save the Date cards for a variety of different wedding destinations.

Dress for the Destination

Trying on a wedding dress, or a tuxedo, on a wet and gloomy day in England may make it difficult for you to visualise yourself in your chosen destination, especially if the location is hot or humid. It is, however, important to factor in the climate to your wardrobe choices. A lightweight chiffon dress would work perfectly on the beach whilst a satin ball gown or vintage lace dress will make you feel like a princess in a medieval castle. 

Send Out Invitations Early

You'll want to give guests plenty of time to RSVP to make sure you send these out well in advance of the wedding date. Remember that not everyone is going to be able to attend, and don’t feel disheartened by this. If you can afford to then you may want to help out those who can’t quite cover the plane travel. Our range of stunning Destination Wedding Invites are the perfect way to inform your guests of the important details and get them excited for your big day. 

We also sell an elegant passport style wedding invite which are available to personalise in a huge range of different colours to suit your wedding theme.

‘On the Day’ Wedding Stationery

To save time and money, it may be pertinent to have all of your ‘on the day’ wedding stationery printed here in the UK. You don’t want to be worrying about having to pick up your order of service booklets of place cards and table numbers when you first arrive so with our range of Wedding Stationery we will help you be calm, collected and organised. Our bespoke range of stationery, including menus, place cards and seating plans are designed to make life easy for you and your guests while continuing your wedding theme through every little detail.

Remember to relax and have fun, a destination wedding is a chance for you to unwind and truly appreciate the quality time you are able to spend with your loved ones. We hope you have found this guide useful, for more wedding inspiration feel free to check out our other blog posts here and our full range of destination wedding stationery can be found here