Destination Wedding Planning Checklist

Planning a destination wedding is really exciting, but to some it may feel like a daunting task. With so many details and logistics to consider, it can be hard to know where to start. To help you out, I’ve put together a checklist of the key elements you should consider when planning a destination wedding.


1. Choose your destination

The first step in planning a destination wedding is deciding on the perfect location. Consider factors such as the weather, cost, and type of venue youd like.

2. Find your venue

Once youve chosen a destination, youll need to find the perfect venue for your special day. Consider the size and type of venue youd like, as well as any special amenities or services.


3. Invite your guests

Next, youll need to send out your invitations and give your guests plenty of time to plan and book their travel arrangements. Be sure to include all the important details and information theyll need.

4. Hire a planner

If youre feeling overwhelmed with the planning process, consider hiring a professional wedding planner. They can help you navigate the logistics and ensure everything runs smoothly.

5. Book travel arrangements

Once youve sent out your savethedates, youll need to book travel arrangements for your guests. If possible, try to find a package deal that includes airfare, hotel, and other transportation costs.



6. Create a budget

Its important to create a budget for your destination wedding to ensure you dont go over your allotted funds. Consider all expenses, including the venue, travel, and any other expenses that may arise.

7. Plan for entertainment

No wedding is complete without entertainment! Consider hiring a DJ, live band, or other performers that will add to the atmosphere of your special day.

8. Plan activities

If youre inviting outoftown guests, its important to plan activities to keep everyone entertained. Consider booking excursions, tours, or other activities that guests can enjoy.

9. Prepare for the legalities

Depending on the location of your destination wedding, you may need to take care of certain legalities or paperwork. Make sure youre aware of any requirements and make sure you have all the necessary documents.

10. Check in with vendors

As the wedding date draws near, make sure to check in with all your vendors, such as the caterer, photographer, and florist. This will ensure that everything is running smoothly and that you wont run into any unexpected surprises.

Planning a destination wedding can be a lot of work, but with the right preparation and planning, it can be a truly memorable and magical experience. With this checklist, youll be well on your way to creating the perfect destination wedding of your dreams!

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Kind Words

“I recently worked with Lauren when she attended a styled shoot of mine and she did an absolutely amazing job! Her gallery was stunning and she was so fun to work with. As a planner, one thing I look for with photographers is how comfortable they make the couple feel and Lauren nailed that. She kept the good vibes going through the entire day and the couples raved about her. She is truly talented and a natural!”

– Rachael

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