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Planning a destination wedding can be one of the most exciting experiences of your life. At Events by Natasha, we specialise in creating magical weddings, whether they’re set in the heart of London or on a sun-drenched beach abroad. With careful planning and attention to detail, a destination wedding can be a dream come true. Here are our top tips for ensuring that your celebration goes off without a hitch.

Choose the Right Destination

  • Meaningful Location: Select a location that holds special meaning for you and your partner, whether it’s a first holiday together or a dream destination you’ve always wanted to visit.
  • Accessibility: Consider how easy it is for guests to travel to the location. Look for destinations with good transport links, especially direct flights.
  • Climate: Research the climate and choose the right time of year to avoid rainy seasons or extreme temperatures.

Visit in Advance

If possible, plan at least one scouting trip to your chosen location. This visit can be crucial for:

  • Venue Inspection: See potential venues in person to ensure they meet your expectations.
  • Meet Vendors: Interview local vendors, including caterers, decorators, and photographers.
  • Understand Logistics: Get a sense of the local area, including accommodation options and activities for guests.

Hire a Local Wedding Planner

A local wedding planner, like Events by Natasha, can be invaluable, especially if they have experience with destination weddings. They can handle on-the-ground details and overcome language barriers or cultural differences. They’ll also have established relationships with local vendors.

Keep Your Guest List Manageable

  • Intimate Celebration: A smaller guest list is often more manageable for a destination wedding, allowing you to spend quality time with each guest.
  • Advance Notice: Give guests plenty of notice, ideally sending save-the-dates a year in advance, so they can plan their travel and accommodation.

Take Care of Your Guests

  • Travel Information: Provide detailed information about travel arrangements, accommodation options, and a schedule of events.
  • Welcome Bags: Prepare welcome bags with local treats, a map, and a list of activities they can do in their free time.
  • Group Activities: Organise pre-wedding activities to give guests a unique and memorable experience.

Understand Local Marriage Requirements

  • Legalities: Research and comply with local marriage laws, which can vary significantly between countries. You may need specific documents or even a local address.
  • Ceremony Options: Decide if you’ll have a symbolic ceremony locally and a legal one at home, or if you’ll complete all legalities at the destination.

Plan for the Unexpected

  • Insurance: Consider investing in wedding insurance that covers overseas events, which can protect against extreme weather, vendor no-shows, and other unforeseen circumstances.
  • Backup Plans: Have contingency plans for outdoor events in case of bad weather.
  • Embrace Local Culture
  • Local Flavours: Incorporate local foods, traditions, and décor to enrich your wedding celebration and create an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.
  • Cultural Sensitivity: Be aware of and respectful toward local customs and practices.


A destination wedding is an opportunity to combine a personal celebration with a breathtaking vacation for you and your guests. With the right planning and support, it can be an incredibly fulfilling and stress-free experience. At Events by Natasha, we pride ourselves on our ability to create seamless, beautiful destination weddings tailored to each couple’s dreams. Contact us to find out how we can help plan your perfect destination wedding, ensuring it is everything you’ve envisioned and more.