Destination Wedding: What You Need To Know


New Zealand gives almost everything, from sand to surf, to terrains to snow. That’s why it is known across the globe that New Zealand has the most beautiful landscapes in the world. Lucky for us Kiwis, New Zealand provides an astounding wedding background worthy of a million camera shots.

Weddings in New Zealand can be amazing not only for the couple but also for the wedding guests. Imagine the beautiful backdrop and the picturesque location, New Zealand indeed is blessed with landscapes and seascape perfect for any wedding. No wonder why foreign and locals are drawn to celebrate their wedding in New Zealand. However, destination wedding, if not planned properly, can be a headache to every bride. That’s why it is important to know what every bride needs to know, what needs to be done and what needs to be taken cared of when having a destination wedding.



Location is the key.

Always remember that the location must have all of the wedding resources that you need, not only to save money shipping things from location to location but also gives you peace of mind that everything is within reach. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Does it have a nearby hotel to accommodate your guests?
  • Will your wedding guests have a hard time locating the wedding’s location? Is it accessible by plane? Long drive?
  • Is the location perfect for what’s in your mind for your wedding?


Your Wedding Guests’ Comfort

Whether you opt for an intimate wedding or inviting 200 of your family, friends, and colleagues, you must always prioritize their comfort and enjoyment. Remember not to set a wedding date until you can find room availability for your guests.

It is also important to note that whether the guest can afford to pay for the accommodation or not, always look for an affordable accommodation for them. Note how far it is to the location of your wedding so you’d know whether to rent additional transportation to bring them to the wedding.


Keep Away The Stress. Hire A Planner. Choose A Package.

Because there are other things you want to accomplish about the wedding, hiring a planner familiar with the area and a chosen package will be a great help in making sure that every small detail is well taken care of. Your planner will help you personalize the wedding according to your own style and tastes. If you are having your wedding in an exotic place, it is best to get a package to make sure that you have all the wedding vendors you need.

It is also important to note when hiring a planner is that he or she is familiar with the area or have held events in the same area and knows the wedding vendors he or she will be working with. Lastly, make sure they can speak English so you can avoid miscommunications.



Meet Your Wedding Vendors in Person. Visit the Location in Advance.

Meeting your wedding vendors in person will help you be at ease with the wedding planning. This is the best time to communicate what you need and what you expect from them. This is also a perfect time to know what they can deliver – or worst case scenario, a window to find a replacement should you feel this particular vendor doesn’t fit your standards.


Create a Wedding Budget. Stick to it.

Destination weddings can be expensive, depending on how exotic the location is or how grand you want your wedding to be. That’s why it is important to discuss this with your future spouse what you want to prioritize and how your budget will be delegated.

If you want to bring wedding vendors from home, note that you are expected to cover their travel and accommodation costs. Talk to your wedding vendor and see if you can come up with a better deal that won’t hurt your bank.


Always Check The Season.

This is an important aspect you want to consider first in choosing the location of your destination wedding. Is summer too hot for an outdoor wedding in this area? Is the non-peak season also the typhoon/hurricane season? Check with locals when is the best time to hold an event in the area. If peak season is the only time that is suitable for your outdoor wedding, ask what it is like to hold an event during weekdays. This way, you have options whether to have a weekend or a weekday wedding to cater to your needs.


All images by Picture Perfect Photography


Plan Your Attire.

Whether you are having a beach wedding or getting hitched in a countryside, it is important to match the style of your wedding dress to the location of your destination wedding. For tropical countries, it is best to wear a dress with light fabrics. On the other hand, in areas where in can get chilly, opt for a thicker fabric.

Don’t forget to inform your wedding guests on what to wear on your wedding day. This will give them time to plan of what to pack for your destination wedding. Wouldn’t hurt to throw some bikinis and a beautiful sun hat in this short sweet vacation.


A destination wedding is the best choice for you and your future spouse if you love romance and just want to celebrate it with only the dearest of your family and friends. Moreover, it combines a vacation and a wedding for your guests, and a wedding and honeymoon all-in-one to you and your spouse. Do you have other tips, suggestions or stories to share about destination weddings? Share your thoughts and stories in the comment section below. We’d love to hear them!

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