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  • Writer's pictureJessie Ladipo

Engaged?—Here Is Your Essential Guide To a Perfect Destination Wedding

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Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Being engaged will be one of the most thrilling and chaotic times as you start planning your destination wedding! But considering everything you need to pull together to host a wedding in a far-flung destination can be overwhelming. You will have to handle many different things for everything to run smoothly. How do you choose the location, venue, transportation, and concerns of your friends and family?

This survival guide is just what the doctor ordered to help you fit all the pieces together to ensure a smooth and fantastic destination wedding in paradise.

Ok, so let's jump into these six destination wedding essentials!

Get Started Right Away

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In today's post-COVID world, dates & availability book up faster than ever! Couples are eager to say "I DO!" in a fantastic location, just as they had hoped before the world went topsy-turvy! Now dates are booking up fast, so don't procrastinate, start researching resort wedding venues & availability currently!

You Don't Have To Know It All

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You may think you have to know everything about planning a destination wedding before you begin, but that's not true! You don't need to have it all figured out to get started. The two most important things you need to start working on our listing potential destinations and start looking at possible venues in your dream spots. If you need inspiration, check out my Wedding Locations That Will Leave You Smitten.

Consider Making a Pre-Wedding Planning Trip

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Who doesn't love the samples at Costco before you buy a 12-pack of hot chocolate bombs? Right?

Once you have chosen a location, it's time to figure out which wedding venue for your ceremony and where you will host your loved ones. One of the most effective ways to choose the site is to visit it before deciding. Many resorts offer special discounted "pre-wedding visit" packages to encourage you to visit, hoping you will choose them. Are you thinking about getting married in fantastic France? Check out Dreamy French Wedding Chateaus That Will Leave You Smitten.

Get a New Email For Only the Wedding

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Do you want to have a perfect wedding? An organization system needs to be your new best friend. Create a unique email address exclusively for your wedding & honeymoon. This way, all of your correspondence & conversations will be in one spot! The last thing you want is a confirmation email requesting you to verify your wedding date & time at the resort. You miss it in a crowded inbox between emails from Peleton & your uncle’s gallbladder surgery! A dedicated email will save you so much time and money.

Consider Getting a New Credit Card That Earns Miles

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As long as you are charging your wedding expenses, you can earn some reward miles to help you pay for your travel. After you get engaged, it is a great time to open a new credit card to earn you miles or points for future or even current journeys. You could get your airfare paid for if you play your credit cards right!

Work With a Destination Designer or Specialist

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If you want to ensure that your destination wedding will be planned to perfection and reduce the stress and frustration you may feel when planning this all on your own, invest in a destination wedding designer or planner. A planner knows the ins and outs of a destination wedding and has plenty of experience setting up wedding groups, negotiating contracts, and managing all logistics for you and your guests. They will also ensure that you receive ALL the amenities & perks you deserve. Things that many resorts won'tuncle's tell you unless you ask.

You want your destination wedding to be a celebration that everyone will remember! (In a good way) By taking this survival guide to heart and putting these six steps in place, you can ensure that your destination wedding experience will be everything you hoped for and one of your fondest memories as a couple.

If you need a little help planning your destination wedding lifted off of your shoulders, then I encourage you to schedule a free 30-minute strategy session with me! I would be honored to help you figure out everything you need for your dream wedding to come true!

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