Your Destination Wedding Checklist


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Step By Step: Destination Wedding Planning Checklist

Is it time to get started planning your destination wedding? Use this checklist to help you out with a month to month countdown plan.

Nine Months To a Year Prior:

  • Purchase a binder to use for ideas, contracts and other important information
  • Make a guest list and start collecting addresses
  • Decide on a budget–where can you splurge? What can you save on?
  • Pick a destination!
  • Research your chosen destination’s marriage requirements
  • Start researching potential wedding locations and reception venues
  • Book your engagement photo session
  • Start shopping for your gown with your destination’s climate in mind
  • Choose your bridal party
  • Design a wedding website and add all necessary info, such as location, hotel information, tourism board, etc.

Six to Nine Months Prior:

  • Set the date, reserve your chosen location and pick a planner
  • Send out save-the-dates featuring your website address
  • Select all vendors, decide if you want a DJ–have your planner assist you with this
  • Research attractions and activities at your wedding destination
  • Order your gown and select what your attendants will wear
  • Investigate any relevant cultural traditions you may wish to incorporate into your wedding
  • Register or create a honeymoon registry
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Four to Six Months Prior:

  • Order your rings
  • Obtain passports/visas if necessary, and get blood tests (also if necessary)
  • Arrange rentals, such as tables and chairs, and sound equipment
  • Order wedding invites and thank-you cards
  • Purchase or reserve groom/attendant clothing
  • Book accommodations and airfare for your wedding/honeymoon
  • Make hair, makeup and spa appointments for you and your bridesmaids
  • Shop for wedding accessories, such as jewelry and lingerie

Two to Four Months Prior:

  • Arrange and confirm all group activities, including transportation
  • Finalize all details with vendors
  • Make or order favors and welcome bags

One to Two Months Prior:

  • Send formal invites featuring all necessary information six to eight weeks before the wedding date
  • Arrange for the delivery of welcome bags and décor to your hotel
  • Have your final gown fitting, lingerie and accessories included
  • Assign wedding-week tasks to your bridal party and family
  • Write your vows
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Two Weeks Prior:

  • Review all agreed-upon details with your planner and vendors
  • Confirm your travel booking
  • Create a seating chart and make place cards

On Arrival:

  • Confirm details with your planner and officient
  • Apply for a marriage license
  • Inspect all wedding location sites
  • Assemble or approve welcome bags and have them delivered to guests’ rooms before they arrive

Day of:

  • Forget about planning and have an amazing time!
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