Top Tips for Planning Your Dream Destination Wedding

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Real bride Meredith wearing Florence Block
Planning a destination wedding is an exciting adventure, offering you and your guests the opportunity to celebrate in a stunning, unique location. However, it requires careful consideration and detailed planning to ensure everything goes smoothly. Here are some essential tips to help you plan the perfect destination wedding.

1. Always Visit Your Dream Destination First

Before making any concrete plans, take the time to visit your desired wedding location. While photos can showcase the best angles and highlights, they don't always capture the reality of the venue. Seeing the location in person allows you to assess the proximity of accommodations to the reception site, the general ambiance, and any potential issues that may not be apparent in pictures. This firsthand experience ensures that you know exactly what to expect and can confidently make your booking.

2. Budget Wisely and Consider Currency Exchange

When planning a wedding abroad, the local currency exchange rate can significantly impact your budget. Research the current exchange rates and consider how they will affect your overall expenses. Some destinations may offer a favorable exchange rate, stretching your budget further, while others might pose a challenge if your currency is weaker. Additionally, many destination wedding venues provide on-site wedding planners who are familiar with local vendors and can help you stay within your budget, making the planning process smoother and less stressful.

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Real bride Charlotte and her husband Ben.
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Real Bride Tessie

3. Research and Understand Local Marriage Requirements

Each country has its own legal requirements for marriage, and it's crucial to understand these before making any commitments. This often includes providing paperwork to prove your marital status, such as certificates of no impediment or divorce decrees. Additionally, some countries have residency requirements, meaning you must be present in the country for a certain period before you can legally marry. For example, in England, the requirement is seven days, while in France, it's a minimum of forty days. Thoroughly researching these requirements ensures that your ceremony will be legally recognised.

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Giving your guests plenty of notice about your destination wedding is both courteous and practical. Informing them well before the formal invitations are sent out allows them to save money, plan their travel, and arrange time off work. A last-minute invitation to a far-off destination can be challenging for many guests and may result in important people being unable to attend. Early communication helps ensure that your loved ones can join you on your special day.

Emmy London Bridal Sandals and Block Heel Styles

For a luxurious touch to your destination wedding, Emmy London offers a beautiful selection of bridal sandals and block heel styles that are perfect for various terrains, whether you're on the beach or a grassy lawn. These designs not only complement your wedding attire but also ensure you remain comfortable throughout your special day.

By following these tips and choosing the right accessories, like the exquisite shoes from Emmy London, you can create an unforgettable destination wedding experience that you and your guests will cherish forever.

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    Florence Flat

    Colour Ivory Suede
  • May Flat Sandal image May Flat Sandal image

    May Flat Sandal

    Colour Silver Leather
  • Cinderella Mid Block Heel image Cinderella Mid Block Heel image

    Cinderella Mid Block Heel

    Colour Ivory Suede
  • Ruby Mid Heel image Ruby Mid Heel image

    Ruby Mid Heel

    Colour Ivory Suede
  • Zoe Flat image Zoe Flat image
    Sophisticated flats

    Zoe Flat

    Colour Ivory Suede
  • Bluebell Mid Block Heel image Bluebell Mid Block Heel image

    Bluebell Mid Block Heel

    Colour Duck Egg Suede
  • Cinderella Low Block Heel image Cinderella Low Block Heel image

    Cinderella Low Block Heel

    Colour Ivory Suede
  • Lulu Flat image Lulu Flat image

    Lulu Flat

    Colour Ivory Suede

Emmy Scarterfield, the Founder and Creative Director of Emmy London, composed this blog. Originally from Somerset in the UK, she now lives in North London with her husband Dickie, their twin girls, and their delightful cockapoo, Ray. Over the past fifteen years, Emmy, alongside her husband Dickie, has built Emmy London into a celebrated British luxury shoe and accessory brand, renowned for the perfect synthesis of comfort and beauty.