Visit the destination that you are planning to hold the wedding in. think of it as a getting to know trip except that this isn’t about you getting to know your partner but it’s more of about you and your partner trying to get to know the venue that your wedding will be tentatively held in. try to visit at around more or less the same time of the year that you are planning to schedule the wedding for. This way, you have a bit of an idea about how the weather is, whether there are a lot of tourists around or not during this time of the year, and so on and so forth.
Booking your wedding somewhere that you haven’t really been to in the past will prove to be a bad idea.
Even if it looked great in the photos that you looked up online, there is always the possibility that they got a really creative and resourceful destination wedding photographer who can make anything look good. You have to know for sure that you are going to end up liking the location in the first place. If you don’t do this, you might end up regretting everything after all has been said and done and this can really put a damper on what you are trying to achieve for the destination wedding that you have been dreaming of for the longest time running.
Book a photographer.
This leads us to the next point. Once you feel as if you have found the perfect location that you and your partner both love, you should ensure that you have a great destination wedding photographer to document the progression of the wedding and even the pre and post wedding events the right way. If you are spending money on something like this anyway, you might as well make sure that you invest on professionally produced wedding photos as well. When you are looking at the portfolio or the profile of someone, make it a point to try to go ahead and see how many destination weddings they have booked and produced in the past. This will give you a bit of an idea about what the wedding photographer’s track record is and whether or not he is worth giving a second look to at the end of the day.
Always go local for as far as it has anything to do about products and services. If you are going to need flowers, then source them locally. Want a really great menu? Contact the local restaurants and caterers. It will be far cheaper and far more practical to go through this route. Think about it. You also get to make sure that you maximize the kind of experience that you and your guests will be getting out of the place. You wouldn’t go all the way to Italy, for example, just so that you can eat all the stuff that you can eat back home, would you? Make the most out of the opportunity and hire everyone locally from your planner to your destination wedding photographer to your atelier and so on and so forth.