Destination Wedding Planning Checklist and Countdown

May 27, 2016

 


TEN MONTHS TO A YEAR OUT:

  • Determine your budget. Remember to factor in travel expenses, such as airfare and visa fees.

  • Narrow down a location and a season.

  • Choose a wedding planner.

  • If possible, schedule a scouting trip.

  • Create the guest list.

  • Choose the wedding party.

EIGHT TO TEN MONTHS OUT:

  • Select vendors for flowers, photography, transportation, cake and entertainment.

  • Choose an officiant.

  • Buy a gown.

  • Send save-the-dates.

  • Investigate any ethnic customs or cultural traditions you might want to incorporate into your event.

  • Register for gifts or create a honeymoon registry.

SIX TO EIGHT MONTHS OUT:

 

  • Research group excursions; plan one per day.

  • Research accommodations for guests and reserve a block of rooms.

  • Select attendant attire.

  • Launch your wedding website.

FOUR TO SIX MONTHS OUT:

 

  • Order invitations.

  • Finalize florals, décor, rentals and cake.

  • Launch your wedding website.

  • Renew your passports, apply for visas, and look into destination-specific marriage laws and other entry requirements, like vaccinations.

TWO TO FOUR MONTHS OUT:

 

  • Send invitations and a schedule of group events.

  • Plan the welcome party and rehearsal dinner.

  • Finalize menus.

  • Confirm the hair-and-makeup trial and day-of-appointments.

  • Schedule dress fittings.

ONE MONTH OUT:

  • Write vows.

  • Choose welcome-bag goodies, guest favors and gifts for the wedding party.

  • Create a timeline with your planner.

  • Finalize ceremony programs and other stationery and signs.

  • Nail down the playlist with the DJ.

  • Confirm honeymoon plans and travel itineraries.

  • Ship items in advance to avoid holdups at customs.

ON ARRIVAL:

  • Meet with your planner and officiant to review the timeline, event spaces and ceremony.

  • Apply for the marriage license.

  • Arrange for your gown to be steamed.

  • Distribute welcome bags to your guests’ rooms.

THE WEDDING DAY:
All done — start your happily ever after in paradise!

 


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