It's well known that the majority of team Rock My Wedding want to jet off to the South of France and renew our vows. And, after carrying out our polls on Instagram, a lot of you will be saying 'I do' aboard too. In fact, one in five U.K couples now have destination weddings. So we thought we'd pop together a feature for all the things you should consider if you're marrying in sunnier climes. Plus don't forget to listen to Series 2, Episode 5 of our Podcast: Destination Weddings and Where to Start, for lots more advice from Charlotte and Becky regarding the legal aspects that come into play. They are also joined by Kim from Love Cloth who shares her current experience of planning her wedding in Mallorca. Passports at the ready!
- First things first you should choose your dream destination and venue. Maybe there's a location that holds special meaning to you as a couple, or maybe you've always wanted to visit there and thought this was the perfect opportunity.
- Unless you're happy eloping and want to keep your nuptials low key we highly recommend sending save the date cards to your guests as soon as you can. This will hopefully give them plenty of notice in advance to book time off work and pay for flights and accommodation.
- Now who's going to plan it all we hear you cry? The majority of our Instagram followers recommended hiring a wedding planner to help coordinate planning whilst you can't be there. Your planner will also be able to assist in bridging any language barriers you may come across with local suppliers.
- As with any wedding it's important to choose suppliers you can trust. Your wedding planner will be able to aid in this, or if you're going solo, make sure you stalk all their social channels, read their testimonials and ask as many questions as you can.
- Most couples choose to have a destination wedding so they can enjoy a sun-kissed day. Whilst this is most definitely a blessing if your dream is to have a princess gown with layers and layers of heavy tulle and lace you may want to reconsider. Choose loose-fitting, floaty fabrics, for extra comfort. This applies to your whole wedding party attire, no matter how much the groom demands he wears his favourite tweed jacket!
- We absolutely love seeing how creative our brides and grooms can be on their wedding day, their creations have inspired many of our own DIY tutorials. But unless you want to take a road trip to your destination or pay for additional luggage charges it pains us to say you should possibly keep any DIY projects to a minimum.
- And lastly, but no means least, keep your wedding dress, or anything of value, with you in your hand luggage. It may be a little creased when you arrive, but a few creases are nothing compared to a missing gown.
Search our archives below for lots more destination wedding inspiration and advice from real brides and grooms who've been there and got the t-shirt (and tan lines) to prove it!