More and more couples dream of having a destination wedding somewhere exotic. With traveling becoming more popular – and more destinations being accessible – it is not surprising to see couples choosing to get married overseas.
There are some interesting destinations to choose from too. The gorgeous beaches in Thailand, for instance, all make perfect backdrops for a gorgeous outdoor wedding. Before you go ahead and plan a wedding in Thailand, however, here are some wedding nightmares and how to avoid them.
A Stormy Wedding
The last thing you want is your special day completely ruined due to bad weather. Unfortunately, this is a possibility, especially if you choose tropical countries like Thailand as your destination. Hosting an outdoor wedding during the rainy season is asking for trouble.
What you can do is check the weather forecast before setting a date. While the climate is changing these days, you can still get a pretty good idea of the weather to expect on your special day. You have to check the weather forecast several times as you get closer to the wedding day.
When planning a destination wedding, you also want to be extra certain that you can get married in the country. For popular wedding destinations like Thailand, this usually means submitting several documents to get the ceremony legalized.
Failure to register the wedding ceremony could prove to be problematic, especially since some countries still have laws against it. Fortunately, you can get someone experienced to help you with the paperwork.
Choosing a venue is important, but it is more important to make sure that the venue you want is run by a reputable organization. Unfortunately, the boom of destination weddings also means there are more shady companies offering locations and giving couples nightmares.
It is not difficult to find great Phuket meeting rooms, Phuket wedding venues, and other facilities in the area, especially since you have hotel chains like Holiday Inn to choose from. If you do choose a Holiday Inn property, you can also ask for help with your documents and other preparations.
Guests So Far Away
Next, you have transport to and from the venue to consider. I’ve been to a couple of weddings where only the immediate family members are present. The reason? Friends and colleagues are stuck one airport away due to packed flights.
You have to think about the travel arrangements for your guests before finalizing your wedding plans. I’m not saying that you have to pay for all of your guests; I’m simply recommending that you review the travel options to and from the destination so you know friends can be with you without jumping through hoops.
You may be thinking that working with an international wedding organizer – or one based near you – is perfect, but you’d be wrong in the case of a destination wedding. Unless the wedding organizer works with a local organizer, you’d be better off hiring an experienced local wedding organizer in the first place.
Similar to the wedding documents, you can consult your wedding venue management about other needs and wedding packages. Hotels like the Holiday Inn are more than capable of hosting a beautiful outdoor wedding in one of their properties.
You know the nightmares and you know how to avoid them. Planning a destination wedding doesn’t have to be daunting now that you have these tips and tricks in mind.