If you have no idea where to get married and the choice is making your head spin, kick off with imagining the type of wedding you want. If being barefoot in the sand sounds like bliss, a beach wedding might be right for you. If a ceremony straight from the pages of OK! Magazine gets your pulse racing, a luxury wedding’s probably more up your street. Start collecting pictures of things you like and sign up for a free account on Pinterest, where you can create virtual pin boards of everything that inspires you online.
When your scrapbook’s bursting at the seams, sit yourself down and pick your way through it with your partner. Set aside a weekend afternoon for the task, pop a cork, and keep an open mind as you pour over the images – a shortlist of destinations and venues will take shape naturally.
This step’s the biggie – once you’ve cherry-picked the perfect spot to say I do, you can book it by calling our Weddings Team on 0871 664 0131 or popping into a travel shop. Once that bit’s done, the fun really gets started.
Don’t stress over who’ll be offended if an invite doesn’t drop through their door – be select. If you really can’t slim down the numbers, think about throwing a get-together for everyone when you get home. Those of the-more-the-merrier mind set will want to take a look at our Bride and Groom Incentive – it gives you little perks as your party gets bigger.
You’ve ticked off the big stuff, now it’s time to firm up some of the finer details. Single out a colour scheme you love and you’ll have a neat starting point for design, décor and dress-up. Let the season inspire you – snowy whites, log-fire-flame ambers and mulled-wine reds are the hues of winter weddings, while sunshine yellows and tulip pinks lead the way in spring and summer.
We don’t need to tell you that your wedding dress will probably be the most important – and most expensive – frock you’ll ever wear. But don’t forget your budget needs to cover veils, lingerie and shoes, too. Before the spree begins, do your research – wedding magazines are there to be poured over. Write down the names of the styles and dressmakers that catch your attention before you hit the shops.
Get the admin side of things sorted early – our Weddings Team are experts at this, and will lend a hand whenever you feel in the dark.
One of the best things about getting married abroad is ditching the bland, trying-to-please-everyone menu typical of receptions back at home. You can trade cold buffets for beachfront barbecues in Mexico, swap cocktail sausages for Italian antipasti in the Neapolitan Riviera, or switch wine for chilled rum punch in Jamaica. Whether it’s sun-soaked gardens, vine-clad trattorias or something else altogether, your wedding planner will be able to suggest different dining venues to suit you and your guests.
It’s finishing touches time – pick your musicians, order a cake, and sign up a hairdresser and make-up artist. Most importantly, arrange for a photographer to capture the lot.
Little extras go a long way. And if you can’t treat yourself on your wedding day and honeymoon, when can you? Book into the VIP Lounge at the airport, reserve extra legroom and Champagne on ice for the flight, and book a private taxi transfer to whisk you to your hotel. If you’ve taken advantage of our Bride and Groom Incentive, some of these touches will come as standard.