Destination Wedding Planning

As you can imagine, there is a lot involved in planning the perfect Destination Wedding.  Each bride, however will have different priorities and a totally unique vision of that Special Day.  Please review the wedding planning checklist below as a guideline.  Remember to give your guests plenty of time so that those who truly wish to join you will be able to budget and plan for the time off.  Consider hosting an "At Home Reception" for those guests who cannot make it - a wonderful way to revisit the highlights of your perfect day!

 

DESTINATION WEDDING CHECKLIST

 
UP TO ONE YEAR BEFORE  WEDDING

·      Discuss your budget
·      Prepare your guest list
·      Choose the wedding week (select two weeks if undecided)
·      Select your attendants and advise them of obligations
·      Research various resorts and destinations
·      Check legal requirements for each destination
·      Decide on type of ceremony ~ legal, symbolic, renewal of vows
·      Contact Travel Agent to book your group
·      Select a photographer ~ can be local or at destination
·      Confirm hair and makeup stylists are available at resort
·       Send out “Save the Date” cards to give guests ample time to budget/plan (between 9mos/one year in advance)

 SIX TO NINE MONTHS AHEAD

·    Research hotel options for locations, décor and reception offerings
·    Choose Groom & Attendant’s attire
·     Start a Wedding Website to keep guests informed ~ also consider starting a Facebook page
·     Purchase wedding rings
·     Follow up with any guests who have not responded
·    Make arrangements for engagement photos

THREE TO SIX MONTHS AHEAD

·   Obtain marriage license and schedule JP if getting married at home
.   Send out formal invitations
·   Purchase your dress
·   Purchase bridal accessories
·   Order guest favours/out-of-town bags (keep weight in mind)
·   Check passports and any vaccinations required
·   Arrange any events/excursions for your group
  
ONE-TWO MONTHS AHEAD

·   Release any unneeded rooms
·   Confirm travel arrangements
·   Finalize wedding day itinerary
·   Attend final dress fittings
·   Shop for holiday wear
·   Arrange transportation to and from the airport

 TWO –THREE WEEKS AHEAD

·   Reconfirm EVERYTHING with travel agent and vendors
·   Pick up all wedding attire
·   Assemble favours/out-of-town bags
·   Pack for the week

 UPON ARRIVAL AT DESTINATION

·  Meet with wedding coordinator at hotel
·  Finalize cake, décor, flowers, location & music
·  Make salon appointments ~ consider a test run
·  Give photographer your wedding day itinerary
·  Finalize legal & residency requirements
·  Have a welcome dinner with your group
·   Relax and enjoy!


THE BIG DAY HAS ARRIVED!  
CONGRATULATIONS!

·    Be sure to eat breakfast and have plenty of water throughout the day
·   Attend hair & makeup appointments
·   Relax, take it all in and enjoy your day!
 

Find us

62 Louisburg Lane

Dartmouth, NS

Email us

​Kelly@tbtravel.ca

Call us to start planning

1-902-240-6686

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Photos courtesy of

 Playa Resorts and Jorge Kick Photography

Bernie Aho Photography

Applehead Studios

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