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19 Jun

A guide to hosting a memorable destination wedding

Last minute fixes won’t work when you’re away from home, so make sure you get married in plan.

There is something truly surreal about getting married at a private beach in Goa, by the sunset, with the salty smell of the sea wafting in the cool breeze. Perhaps it could be your dream to be wedded as a princess at a lakeside palace in Udaipur or possibly at the Disneyland in Paris. Here is a list of tips to consider while choosing your destination so that you can realise your dream wedding in full capacity.

Matters of the heart

Think about which place is of most significance to you—is it your hometown where you want to plan a nostalgia-induced wedding to commemorate this special occasion? Or is it that tiny island in the Caribbean you’ve longed to visit your entire adolescent life? Pick an option that’s closest to what your heart yearns for most.

Seasonal blessings

Always keep in mind the season while choosing your wedding destination. If you want to get married at a beach in Goa, do not choose a date between the months of March and August when the moody monsoon rains are sure to follow the scorching summer heat. If you absolutely must get married at such a time of the year, consider cities that are heat and rain-friendly. While you don’t want your guests to melt in the stifling heat, you don’t want them to freeze to ice either. Avoid planning your wedding in a European country or northern places like Shimla where the cold in December and January is sure to make your teeth chatter while taking your vows.

Count your numbers

Keep your budget in mind while choosing a destination. Certain compromises will have to be made if you choose to invite more guests than can be afforded at the place you’ve decided to tie the knot. Either cut down on the number of guests, ask them to pay for at least a major chunk of their travel and accommodation or pick another destination that is more suitable for your pocket.

Don’t go overboard

If your wedding is taking place anywhere outside your city, you will have to invite as few people as possible (unless you plan on booking the entire hotel or a couple of villas). Do this to ensure you can accommodate everyone who comes and not have any last minute issues with their stay. In case it is inevitable to limit the number of your guests, look for nearby hotels and put them up as suggestions so that they can book in advance.

Direct contact

Although it is highly recommended that you go to the wedding spot yourself once before you get married, hire a local wedding planner in the case that you cannot. This way, it will be more convenient to stay in contact with different vendors from that area and buy everything at an affordable price and avoid any last minute hassles.

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