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How to Plan a Destination Wedding in 5 Easy Steps

Updated: 3 days ago

Are you dreaming of saying "I do" against the backdrop of stunning beaches and unforgettable sunsets while being surrounded by your closest friends and family? Planning a destination wedding offers the opportunity to exchange vows in a breathtaking location while creating unforgettable memories with your loved ones. Wedding planning from afar can be a time-consuming process, but with a well thought out plan, you can have a successful wedding in paradise! Keep reading for 5 easy steps to take when planning your destination wedding.

Destination wedding reception in mexico on the beach
A beautiful destination wedding group in Cancun, Mexico

1. determine your destination wedding budget

It is easy to get carried away when planning a destination wedding so it is vital to determine what your expense comfort level is. A well thought out budget allows you to prioritize your wedding expenses based on what matters most to you and your partner. By allocating funds to essential elements such as travel, accomodations, the venue location, food, photography and reception details, you can ensure that your destination wedding is not only memorable and beautiful but also financially manageable.

Garden terrace destination wedding set up in mexico
A garden terrace wedding in Mexico

2. Choose a destination that it is easy and affordable to fly into


It might seem intriguing to get married in an exotic location many time zones away, but choosing a destination that is easy to fly to for your guests will make them more inclined to attend. Direct flights, shorter travel distances, and affordable airfare options will likely result in lower travel expenses for your guests resulting in more RSVP's. It is important to keep in mind while this day is ultimately about you and your partner, it is also a vacation for your guests. Making it easy for them to travel to your wedding without unnecessary stress will help everyone have a more enjoyable experience.

destination wedding cake and dessert table
Beautiful cake and dessert assortment

3. Determine your guest list

Having a good idea of how many guests will likely attend your wedding in paradise will allow you to choose a venue that can accommodate all your attendees. Some venues at resorts can only fit a certain amount of guests or have a guest minimum. Also ask yourself, will children be attending or just adults? Planning a destination wedding in a tropical international location means that not all resorts allow children. Deciding upfront who you will or will not invite will help eliminate certain resorts right off the bat.

Beach Wedding Venue set up in Cancun, Mexico
Beach Wedding Venue in Cancun, Mexico

4. Get inspired

The world is your oyster when planning a destination wedding! You can make it as simple or as elaborate as you want. Whether you want to be barefoot on the beach or boho chic in the resort's tropical gardens, a destination wedding allows you take the elements of nature and incorporate it into your wedding. The natural beauty a destination wedding provides allows you to create a wedding celebration that is unique to you and your partner's vision.

Destination Wedding Table set up elegant theme
Destination Wedding Table

5. Reach out to a destination wedding specialist to handle all the logistics

One of the best ways to reduce costs and ensure your wedding runs smoothly is to hire a destination wedding planner like myself. I understand the ins and outs of wedding contracts and make sure you understand all the fine print. Being the liaison between not only you and the venue but also you and your guests, ensures that you are able to relax knowing I’ve got it all handled. My first hand knowledge, experience and connections will provide a smooth sailing planning journey for you and your partner.

Planning a destination wedding is an exciting journey that allows you to celebrate your love in a breathtaking location. By following these 5 easy steps, you can ensure a seamless and memorable wedding experience. I would love to walk alongside you and your partner while creating a celebration that you and your guests will cherish forever.


 Hi, I’m Megan, the owner or Paradise Travel and destination wedding specialist. I understand the joys and fears that couples experiences when deciding on a destination wedding. I have firsthand knowledge of the best destinations and resorts that help me craft a successful wedding in paradise. I handle all the meticulous details of the planning and travel process so you can relax and enjoy the time leading up to your destination wedding. I look forward to helping you plan a memorable wedding in Paradise!

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