For a lot of people, home is where the heart is – and that’s exactly why they want to have their wedding right on their doorstep. But for others, who have a love of travel or who maybe originate from abroad, location weddings are becoming more and more popular. All the excitement of a holiday mixed in with your wedding day makes for a pretty special occasion. Plus, if you live in quite a built-up city, changing your wedding’s location can mean you open yourself up to seeing parts of the world you’ve never seen before. Beautiful scenery in the background of your wedding can make it so much more romantic, and more memorable for your guests too. However, choosing a location wedding isn’t without its complications. If you’re still trying to decide whether it’s for you or not, read on to find out what you will need to consider.
One of the best parts of your wedding day is knowing that your friends and family are there to celebrate it with you. Weddings are social occasions for guests as well as a celebration of you and your fiance, especially if your family doesn’t live in the same area. However, a location wedding can throw up some issues when it comes to guests. Most guests already shell out quite a lot of money towards your wedding day. This can include paying for wedding presents, paying for transport and their outfits amongst other things. Asking them to pay for a flight and accommodation on top of that is quite a steep request, and you should be prepared for rejection. Don’t take it personally – it’s not because no one wants to come to your wedding, it just may be because it is too expensive. Slimline your guest list if you are planning on having a wedding abroad and weigh up what is more important to you; having your perfect setting, or having your family there with you. Of course, you may want a romantic, low-key wedding with just you and your partner there. But be aware that location weddings aren’t feasible for everyone.
If you are going abroad for your wedding, it is likely that the climate will be different from what you are used to at home. Therefore, there has never been a better time to be appropriately dressed. When it comes to location weddings, most people normally choose one of two extremes: either a tropical beach or a snowy mountain. In either scenario, you will need to pay particular attention to your dress and your bridesmaid dresses. If the terrain is muddy, snowy or sandy, having a dress that trails across the floor isn’t going to be very practical. Avoid adding a train to your dress and if you’re feeling brave, opt for a shorter, fifties-style dress. When it comes to your bridesmaids, choose knee-length dresses all round as this will make everyone’s lives a lot easier. Also, pay attention to the kind of climate you will be experiencing. If it is going to be freezing cold, buy your bridesmaids some fluffy boleros to keep them warm. As for the groom and his groomsmen, opt for thick or lightweight suits depending on where you are getting married.
Even though your wedding day is all about you, you are still, to an extent, responsible for your guests. You may have very elderly relatives who will be attending your location wedding. If so, ensure you have facilities in place that will keep them comfortable. For example, if you are getting married in the Bahamas, ensure that you book a reception venue that has plenty of air conditioning. Young children can also become distressed in soaring temperatures too, so this is vital for your guest’s wellbeing. On the other hand, if you are getting married somewhere cold, make sure you have equipment provided to let your guests enjoy the day. If your guests have to trek through snow just to watch you say your vows and spend the rest of the day with wet feet, it doesn’t look great on you! Instead, speak to the local resort or your reception provider to see if they can lend you any snow boots for the occasion.
If you have flown a long way for the wedding, it is unlikely that your guests are going to fly straight home again the next day. After a long-haul flight, it is customary to stay in the destination for a few days simply to make it worth your while. Even if you are going on your honeymoon straight after the wedding, find a suitable hotel for your family and friends to stay in to enjoy the rest of their time abroad.