Your destination wedding planning timeline
Nov 13, 2009
Destination Wedding To-Dos
You've probably already seen time lines for a local wedding. If not, we have one at OneWed.com. Most of the tasks on the list can apply to a destination wedding as well, but destination weddings have their own special requirements. Here's the breakdown!
12 months to go
Decide on your budget
Set up your wedding pre-party at
weddingpreparty.com With a destination wedding, it's extra important to get the excitement started.
Read sites like OneWed.com for inspiration and start an inspiration wedding binder
Make sure your passports are current; if not, get them renewed
Research wedding destinations including weather and accommodations
Create a guest list and gather addresses
11months to go
Choose your destination
Research wedding laws in the destination country
Hire a local wedding coordinator
Check sites like OneWed.com for reviews and ratings. The less familiar you are with the location, language, and customs of your chosen destination, the more important it is to hire a coordinator.
Send out save-the-dates
For destination weddings, it's extra important to give people advance notice.
9 months to go
Make hotel reservations for the wedding party
Make travel arrangements for yourself
Encourage your wedding party and other essential guests to make travel arrangements and gather passports and other travel documents
Research and make arrangements for destination activities for the wedding party
8 months to go
Create your wedding gift registry
Choose invitations and stationary
Order your wedding dress
Make sure to let the bridal salon know that you are having a destination wedding; they can help you pack the dress for the airplane.
7 months to go
Order bridesmaids' dresses
Order tuxes or arrange for local attire for groom and groomsmen
Begin ring shopping
6 months to go
Finalize decisions about cake, flowers, and catering menu
5 months to go
Send out invitations. This is much earlier than a non-destination wedding, but the additional time will give guests ample opportunity to make travel arrangements.
2 months to go
Confirm hotel and travel arrangements
Confirm contracts with vendors
1 month to go
Finalize and reconfirm everything!
4 days to go
Arrive at destination
Meet with vendors in person and review arrangements and timetable for day of wedding
Manicure/pedicure/spa day — ahhhh!
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