Imagine starting your life together on a tropical beach or a distant city full of history and romance. No matter where you picture your destination wedding, it’s going to be the start of something amazing, incredible, and uniquely yours.
That’s the good news. The not-so-good news is that a destination wedding takes a lot of planning and preparation. This means that you need to be ahead of the curve and ready to start making choices and scheduling right away. Since you’re reading this, we know that you’re ready to get started and make that dream destination wedding a reality.
Booking a Destination Wedding
The rule of thumb is that you should book your destination wedding 12-16 months in advance. Of course, there’s always a little (and sometimes a lot) of wiggle room.
A destination wedding means different things to different people, add to that all of the details and moving parts and your booking date can move up and down the timeline. So, what are the considerations when booking a destination wedding?
- Wedding location. Is your destination a short drive away or will it require passports and air travel? Obviously, the more that’s required of you and your guests – the more time you’ll need.
- Popularity. Some very popular wedding venues are booked years in advance and if you have your heart set on one of these locations, it’s best to book as soon as possible.
- Your personal situation. Do you have pets, kids, a job, and other obligations that you need time to make arrangements? If so, then booking in advance helps tremendously.
- Personal situation of your guests. What about your guests? Will they need a lot of time to get their finances together, arrange for time away from home, and take care of all that they need to do before a big trip?
- Finances. Speaking of wedding finances – sometimes booking early can earn you big discounts. Or, having a wedding that’s slightly out of season can help with costs. This will affect the date you select and how far in advance you need to book your wedding.
- Climate, weather, and tourists. Picking a destination wedding date means looking closely at your destination and their seasonal changes. Very popular, in-season dates will require pre-booking well in advance while less popular times of the year might be easier to book last minute.
If you’re looking for a guideline, your best bet is to book your destination wedding about a year to a year and a half in advance. This typically gives you enough time to ensure availability and for everyone to plan as needed.
Just remember, this is just a timeline estimate. Booking a year in advance is a good idea but, in some cases, you don’t need to be that proactive. In other situations, you’re going to need even more time to book your destination wedding. No matter where your destination wedding leads you, Bella Honeymoons can help you get there.