Destination Wedding – Where do I start planning?

Girls looking at the brides engagement ring

So you have decided to get married abroad, but where on earth do you start.  Here are a selection of facts to consider before you start making arrangements:

  • The very first thing to do is to calculate your budget, this is key to you finding a suitable venue in a suitable location.  Spend time together (with parents if they are contributing) and work out a top figure.
  • Work out your preliminary guest list, remember if budget is tight, each guest can cost in excess of €70, so don’t get carried away.  Bear in mind that with a destination wedding it is likely that around 80% of your invited guests will attend.
  • Be realistic about the location, can you and your family/friends get there easily and affordably.  Are you asking guests to travel long-haul where they need to stay for a week or more, or perhaps short-haul where they can fly in for the weekend?  Take into account their work and family commitments and affordability.
  • Talk to your guests first, especially those that you definitely want by your side, gauge their opinions and ensure they will be able to come before making your final decision.  
  • Before you book anywhere make sure you understand the legal requirements of your marriage.
  • You may choose your venue based on when you want to get married, or the other way around. Consider the weather, tourism and facilities of the chosen time of year in the location you want.
  • Priorities:  Jointly make a list of your top 10 priorities for the wedding as this will guide you going forward.
  • Talk together about how you envisage your wedding day going from the moment you get up to the moment you go to bed and in what surroundings you imagine this being in.

Now that you have worked out the key facts about your wedding, you are now in a position to find a fully trained and knowledgeable wedding planner in your chosen location.  Many couples find it a big challenge to find local suppliers and venues from another country and it is almost impossible to plan everything so that you don’t have to do anything on your wedding day other than focus on getting ready and enjoying your moment.  A wedding planner will have a portfolio of trustworthy suppliers, bring together everything required for a wedding and have local insider knowledge, they will also be there on the day to ensure everything is coordinated leaving you to relax and have fun without a care in the world.

If you are looking for a wedding planner in Spain, then find out more about me at

Published by Angela Gibson Wedding Planner

I am a fully qualified wedding planner helping couples to plan their dream wedding.

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