Get married Abroad: Everything About the Destination Wedding!

No, we are not trying to impress you with trendy American expressions. The wedding destination really exists, and simply involves organizing your wedding abroad . This trend from the United States is developing more and more in France, so we make the point to enlighten all this with our experts Sandra of Diamond Royal Events and Charlotte de Com’une Orchidée  Paris .

Why organize a wedding abroad?

“For the change of scenery and intimacy” answers Charlotte, from Com’une Orchidée . The destination weddings usually taking place in small groups, it is the ideal opportunity to live an incredible experience in an intimate setting . For Sandra, from Diamond Royal Events , cultural and family factors also come into play: “Often, these are mixed marriages , for which a part of the family already resides in the chosen country, or of married couples who wish to return in a favorite destination , or on the place of the marriage proposal . “

What are the most popular destinations?

“Last year, requests for Thailand were the most numerous,” says Charlotte. To meet this demand, the team of Com’une Orchidee  has selected as the home base the beautiful island of Koh Samui.  “Safeguarding mass tourism, this paradise island offers many opportunities for weddings at the water’s edge, with the Asian touch and more!” Sandra shares this verdict , and adds destinations like the Maghreb countries , in Morocco, which is very popular among married people, even if it depends primarily on people’s taste , culture and history. as a couple, “she says.

How is the organization organized?

On the organizational side, we can only advise you to call wedding planners specializing in weddings abroad: “it is very difficult to have good prices when you are a foreigner, AND an individual ” says Sandra. “When asking for quotations and starting negotiations , we often do this simple test that shows the difference in treatment.: we contact first as an individual, and then as an agency of professionals. The price gap is striking! “No obligation to take a wedding planner to take care of A to Z of your wedding, but better to call on a true pro for orchestration from start to finish. distance and price negotiation.

What are the elements to take into account?

First, the wedding destination requires an organization even more upstream than a traditional wedding (ie more than a year in advance so). Then, ” the budget is more consequent , which means that the destination wedding is rather reserved for weddings in small groups , with no more than 30 people on average ” explains Sandra. Some guests will have to make the trip, and “in some cases the bride and groom take care of the purchase of airline tickets .” Also take into account the availability of your guests, who will have to lay more days off (on average one week specifies Sandra). Finally, plan special administrative procedures to have all the necessary legal documents (identity card and passport in force, birth certificate, etc.).

What are the main disadvantages?

The destination wedding may have more or less disadvantages depending on whether a part of the family is present on site or not. So, if you have a limited budget , you must reserve this unique moment of your life to a small committee of elected officials .

Sandra also warns that “some countries may not allow a marriage , that is why we prefer the most common weddings type secular ceremony . ” Better to be warned! Finally, you will experience some complications due to air transport, such as the risk of exceeding weight, and also … losing your business! “The best thing is still in these cases to” carry your dress in hand luggage to prevent it from being lost in nature “recommends Sandra.

What could it look like?

Know from the start that it will be difficult to involve all your favorite providers. Those you can “take with you” are the photographer and the hairdresser / makeup artist , says Sandra. On the other hand, for the caterer, florist and decoration , it will be necessary to comply with the offer on the spot. In terms of reception venues, here are the small nuggets found by the team of Com’une orchid : “Our first stop was at the InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort . The charm operated instantly . The rooms and villas have views of the bay and the sunsets are more beautiful. If you like romance, this is the place to go! “

“Then,  Nikki Beach  welcomed us. A trendy resort, it’s an idyllic place where music and parties are everywhere. It offers five wedding packages including two with traditional Thai ceremonies for lovers of Asian culture. This is the perfect hotel if you like festive nights. “

“The  Four Seasons , meanwhile could be described as sumptuous . Surrounded by lush vegetation, it allows you to keep your privacy while savoring the pleasures of an outdoor bath or a dip in your private pool . Two wedding packages are offered: with a lay ceremony or traditional Thai ceremony . It is also the only one that offers you a renewal of vows. In short, it’s a pretty piece of paradise. “

”  Melati Beach  is the fourth hotel to have received us. A place known for its calm, it also has an advantage that will seduce more than one, because it has another establishment, located in the heart of Chaweng , known for one of the liveliest cities of the island . It offers three wedding packages including the signature package, very complete with transfer between the hotel and the airport, on-class room, romantic dinner, cooking class, massage … Perfect for a hassle-free wedding or with children! “

On the D-day, all the brides dream of resembling a princess, on the arm of their prince charming! What better than an incredible castle for this desire to become reality? If you want to escape to Italy, land of romance, we have the place for you. The  Castle Borghese , located in the heart of 20 hectares of nature reserve, between land and sea, will capsize your heart …

Do you like Italy but you need a helping hand to organize your big day? InTo Italy Events wedding planning  agency can help you have a wedding that lives up to your expectations! Its services are flexible and customizable, the priority is to realize your dreams. A wedding in Italy, a marriage proposal, a renewal of vows or a wedding anniversary? The agency helps you in all your projects!

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10 Tips for Organizing a Stress Free Wedding

Find the wedding dress , the perfect bridal bouquet , look for the gifts of your guests by putting everyone in agreement … You will have things to think for the D-Day, and opportunities for arguments and head shots ! But with a good organization and anticipation , you can very well ward off fate and stay zen throughout the preparations. Here are 10 valuable tips for organizing a stress free wedding delivered by Sabrina , from the No Stress Wedding agency ,  Doha , aka  The Wedding Fairy and  Karine , from the agencyLaura Z Organization Brie Champenoise .


1. Create Adapted Tools

For your wedding, you will improvise yourself as an event organizer . Start by creating a folder with your bridal headdress photos , your decorating ideas , and a word / excel file with all your appointments, the guest list , and the budget estimate .


2. Use a Retroplanning

Nothing better then to rely on a retroplanning : month by month, this document allows you to list the tasks to be done chronologically , and to indicate those that are completed. ” Organizing is planning, anticipating, planning so make a retro-planning of your wedding preparations ” advises Karine , agency Laura Z Organization Brie Champenoise . ” Every important step , every deadline, every prerequisite is mentioned there. It sounds a bit “project management”, but organize your wedding, is not it a great project of life … “


3. Call on Professionals

If you feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of the task , do not hesitate a minute to call on professionals, ” it’s less stress ” recalls  Doha , aka The Wedding Fairy :  if your budget allows you Do not hesitate to take professionals like a wedding planner, or a decorator . Your wedding will be easier to organize and you will stress a lot less. “


4. Anticipate Well in Advance

When it comes to marriage, it’s never too early to get started. ” Anticipate the organization of your wedding 1 year in advance. It’s the ideal! warns Doha . You are sure to complete the whole organization of this big day a few months before D-Day , which will give you time to rest and breathe … “


5. Block his Providers Early Enough

” All providers must be contacted at least 6 months before the day … to make sure they are available especially if you had a crush … ” Doha recommends . Ask them ” a detailed contract to avoid any surprises on D-Day, ” Karine recalls  .


6. Learn to Delegate

It is essential to ” delegate to trustworthy people who want to invest ” advises  Sabrina , agency  No Stress Wedding . Nevertheless, ” do not force those who do not really want to get involved ” says the wedding planner and be sure to ” warn them well in advance,  to elegantize tasks according to the strengths of each , not too much charge one person, and not to give tasks that could prevent them from enjoying the important moments of the marriage. “


7. Register on a Wedding Portal

And we do not say it! ” Many wedding portals such as Zankyou  offer a wide list of different providers chosen with care … This will facilitate the task in your research and thanks to the various articles and tips, you will have all the solutions to make your most beautiful day  ! So do not hesitate! ” Doha highlights  .


8. Communicating Emotions and Anxieties 

” A wedding is a great day and it is quite normal to stress and apprehend ,” says Doha . So do not hesitate to talk about your anxieties to your loved ones  : your future husband, your family, your friends. They will bring you comfort and will give you good advice. “


9. Think of the Big Ones … And the Little ones!

” Every guest must have fun at your wedding, so do not leave the kids ,” says Karine. In order to fully enjoy your reception, offer them activities . Do not hesitate to hire an animation professional to reassure parents and be assured that they will not bother at any time. Shows, treasure hunt, coloring, makeup, inflatable structures. The little ones will love having an adult to play with . “


10. Make an Accurate run of the Day D

If your organization holds the road, then everything will be like clockwork. Karine  first advises “to make a detailed schedule of the day’s proceedings with  the schedules, the role and the coordinates of each one that you will give to the person to whom you have delegated the tasks .”  Sabrina complete with these last elements to take in account: ” prepare all things to take to the place a few days before so you do not forget anything and know who will keep the covenants and entrust this task to someone you trust!”

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