Recent statistics have shown that more and more Australians are choosing to get married in exotic and far flung locations in a bid to save costs for their big day. However, for many couples, their unique vision for their dream wedding may prove to extremely costly and logistically difficult.
Often caught up in the overall planning of the big day, finer details including the transportation of decorations and the wedding dress are easily overlooked. Remote resorts don’t have many of the props and trinkets needed to create that special vision so the only option is to get them there yourself! The effort and money that goes into these little details often aren’t realised until the last minute, leaving a stressed bride and groom with a burnt out credit card.
With the help of wedding planning expert Narelle Williams from Global Weddings, PACK & SEND have compiled their top tips for successful (and stress-free) DIY, destination weddings:
- Pre-plan the planning - Avoid unnecessary stress and think about every aspect of your and your guests’ travel as well as the day itself to ensure it’s all on your to-do list.
- The dress - It’s big, it’s beautiful and how on earth are you going to get it on a plane?! Unless you’re planning on wearing a non-traditional and easily packed fitted dress, you’ll need a special dress box to be freighted to your destination – check with your dress-maker to see if they have one, otherwise you can discuss your boxing needs with your local PACK & SEND Service Centre.
- Budget - for the shipping of items overseas and decide what details are important to you for the day. If it’s not worth the hassle, forget about it. There is so much to remember so an overseas Wedding Planner can assist and ensure you don’t forget anything.
- The details - The likes of Thailand, Fiji and The Cook Islands don’t specialise in crafty DIY items - no origami cranes, mason jars, fairy lights etc. for your finishing touches! If there are any for hire, be warned prices will be very high. You need to think about how you’ll get the goods to your destination safely and soundly. The good news is, we can take care of your packing AND shipping to take this off of your to-do list.
Good luck and have an amazing destination wedding!