When you’ve met the right person, you want your wedding day to be unique. Holding a destination wedding can be a great way to ensure that you will have memories of your nuptials for years to come. However, destination weddings are even harder to plan than an ordinary wedding. If you want this to be a successful event, these tips should help you with your planning:

Have a Long Lead Time

One of the first things that you should have is a long time to prepare for your destination wedding. A local wedding is easy to do within a month, but if you are having your wedding abroad, you will need months or a full year to plan it. It can even take longer to ensure that everything is done correctly. This is why when you decide on a destination wedding, have it tentatively scheduled for the next year as you start your preparations.

Decide on a Location and Inspect It

So you’ve got an idea for a destination wedding. So you’ll need to pick out the location. There are many choices to choose from, depending on the theme of your destination. For example, there are several wedding venues in Paris, but you need to pick just one. Factor in several factors like your budget, accessibility, space, and more.

Whether it is a beach or somewhere else, you should be inspected at the very least. An ocular inspection will always be better than having an agent describe things. This means a trip to the location, which will help significantly in ensuring that everything is done right. During your inspection, take note of space, whether you need long wires or portable generators, and other things about the location – this will help in planning.

Time It Right

Bride talking to the wedding planner

While you’re inspecting your location, it is time to finalize when precisely the wedding will be. This is important since there are bad months for outdoor weddings like the typhoon season in the tropics. You might also consider off-peak weddings so that you can save a bit of money. Talk with the location manager to see what they suggest on the timing and what can be done to ensure you get good weather on that day.

Getting Legal

Now, technically, you will be marrying in another country. What you need to be clear about is what exactly is required for the marriage to be legal. Different countries can have different requirements. One of the more important ones is the residency requirement, the amount of time you spent in the location. For example, France requires residency of 40 days before you can get married legally in the country. Besides that, you need to get licenses and sign the paperwork. Do this correctly, and you can be sure that you’ve got an ironclad marriage.

Weddings days are all unique, but destination weddings have the additional factor of an exotic location added to them to make them even more special. With the tips above, you should be able to hold your dream wedding smoothly. Make your plans now to make that special day possible.