Before you decide to jet off and tie the knot, you need to know that organising a destination wedding comes with a lot of planning and legwork

There’s something incredibly romantic about saying ‘I do’ to the love of your life against a backdrop of majestic mountains, or with sand between your toes on a tropical beach…

But, before you decide to jet off and tie the knot, you need to know that organising a destination wedding comes with a lot of planning and legwork.

Here are five must-know tips to help you pull off a destination wedding:

1. Pick the perfect spot

The location you choose should reflect the personalities of you and your partner. If you’re not a beach bum, then getting married on a tropical island might not be for you.

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It’s also important to consider your guests, who have to make travel arrangements and save ahead.

Pro tip: Choose a venue that’s not too remote, and perhaps consider a destination where your guests could go on to make a holiday out of the trip.

2. Be sure to visit beforehand

All that glitters is not gold, and the resort you’ve picked out on the Internet may turn out to be a disappointment in real life.

Do your research, and if you can afford to, plan a trip to your destination beforehand to scout it out and make sure – before making a final reservation – that the facilities and accommodation meet your expectations.

3. Time it right

Look, ‘perfect’ wedding weather is always a gamble, but the last thing you want, is to plan a tropical beach wedding during the rainy season.

So, choosing a wedding date that correlates with good weather is super important! Unfortunately, good weather equals high season and higher rates. If you’re planning a destination wedding during peak tourist time, be sure to book as far in advance as you can to secure the best rate, the venue that you want and enough accommodation for your travelling guests.

Good to know: Opting for a date in the shoulder season may save you and your guests some money. Plus, there will be fewer crowds.

4. Ask for help

Many hotels and wedding venues recommend a wedding planner in their packages – someone who can shoulder the burden of planning a wedding from afar. If you have the budget for it, then be sure to ask for one as he or she can help you secure local vendors, deal with logistics and put out last-minute fires!

5. Dress for the destination

Consider the climate when setting the dress code for your wedding. Tropical humidity does not go well with heavy, formal wear. So, choose your wedding attire accordingly, and be sure to give your guests a heads up, too!