Everything You Need to Know About Your Destination Wedding Timeline

The thrill of flying off to a faraway location for your wedding comes with several challenges. When deciding to get hitched away from home, you need a destination wedding timeline and checklist to stay organized and sane. 

Here is a timeline you can follow to take the stress out of your wedding planning.

12 to 16 Months Before the Wedding

  • Set up an overall budget that includes travel expenses and accommodations.
  • Prepare a guest list. 
  • Start a wedding binder to keep the paperwork, photos, fabric swatches, and ideas in one place. 
  • Buy wedding insurance. 
  • Hire a seasoned wedding planner to manage everything.

11 Months Before the Wedding

  • Research potential locations and venues.
  • Set a wedding date, depending on the weather of your chosen location.
  • Finalize your bridal party and make sure they have travel documents ready.
  • Send save-the-dates a little early to give time to your guests for preparations. 
  • Make a wedding website with local maps, registry details, airport information, and other details.
  • Buy your airline tickets to get better deals.

9 to 10 Months Before the Wedding

  • Initiate legal procedures, if any, required at the wedding destination.
  • Book the accommodations.
  • Prepare an itinerary, including excursions for post- or pre-wedding activities.
  • Start planning for your wedding attire.

8 Months Before the Wedding

  • Select your wedding officiant.
  • Create a gift registry at this time in your destination wedding timeline.
  • Choose a wedding theme.
  • Plan the ceremony details and customs you want to follow.

7 Months Before the Wedding

  • Finalize your wedding dress and bridal party attire.
  • Buy the wedding rings and other accessories.
  • Order and RSVP the wedding invitations.

6 Months Before the Wedding

Finalize decorations, flowers, cake, menu, and other details with your wedding planner.

  • Renew the passports and apply for visas. 
  • Plan pre-wedding counseling if you’re having jitters.

4 to 5 Months Before the Wedding

  • Buy the wedding favors.
  • Make honeymoon plans.
  • Mail out the wedding invitations.
  • Plan the rehearsal dinner and party.
  • Arrange for wedding-day transportation.

2 to 3 Months Before the Wedding

  • Ask your wedding planner to review vendor contracts.
  • Prepare seating arrangements for the wedding party.
  • Take confirmation from all the guests.
  • Get the necessary vaccines.

One Month Before the Wedding

  • Prepare the final itineraries.
  • Take confirmations for travel and lodging arrangements.
  • Get the final dress fitting and make a definitive packing list.

3 to 5 Days Before the Wedding

  • Jet set to the wedding destination.
  • Check the final details.
  • Book your bridal makeup, pedicure, manicure, and hair trial.
  • Get the beauty sleep.

The Big Day

Take a deep breath and exchange your vows in a pleasant environment.

For a stress-free ceremony, take help from your wedding planner and follow this destination wedding timeline.

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