You are excited! You and your fiancé have decided on taking your wedding abroad. You have seen beautiful images of dreamy destination weddings on either Instagram, Pinterest or perhaps you have been at a destination wedding yourself of a friend or colleague. Before you start booking your ticket to Paris or Ibiza there are a couple things to keep in mind before deciding your wedding destination.

1. Do we know we love it?

This might sound obvious however pay attention to the word KNOW, just because you’ve seen a beautiful image of a wedding couple in front of the Eiffel Tower doesn’t mean you should head straight for a wedding in Paris. Have you actually been there? Do you know a bit about the city, it’s venues, the food and the culture/customs? If so than great! If not, try to think of a place that might be more close to your heart. Maybe your first holiday together was under the Tuscan sun or a Romantic weekend in Rome? That doesn’t mean you have to get married at a place you’ve been before but it might mean that Italy is a better fit for your wedding destination than Paris.

Choose a wedding destination you’ve been before and you know you love the atmosphere, the food, and the culture.

cc: Laura chouette photography

2. Does it have easy travel access?

Imagine you have to fly 10+ hours to your wedding destination, then get in a car to drive a couple of hours to arrive at a harbour to take a boat to a beautiful picturesque island in the ocean of nowhere. Chances are by then both you and your guests are over traveled, and perhaps jet-legged, and don’t really see the beauty of the location anymore. Unless you have enough time for you and your guests to recover before the wedding, and your wedding location is absolutely unique, unforgettable and the only one in the world, you might want to review alternative options. Also, keep in mind that the further away the destination, the less likely it is you could visit more than once. To do some wedding venue visits with your wedding planner and meet with your wedding vendors.

Choose a wedding destination that is not too far and easy to reach for both you and your guests comfort.

3. Is it stunning but not overrated?

If having a Boho wedding in Ibiza, or a beach wedding in Hawaii is on your list, we are not saying you shouldn’t go for it, if that’s the dream. However, will you be open to look into options that are just as beautiful (if not better) which might seem less popular, but are in fact getting more and more discovered? This also goes for the wedding location or venue itself. We all have pinned or saved at least one photo of Castel Monastero or La Badia di Orvieto (oh yes both in Italy). But, there are many wedding locations that are just as stunning and perhaps, dare we even say, a little less overrated.

cc: Masseria Grieco Wedding location in Puglia, Italy

4. Does it realistically fits our budget?

If you have been on the #weddinginspiration bandwagon on Pinterest or Instagram yet, you might have passed Bumble’s Whitney Wolfe (Herd)’s Positano wedding or, Chrissy Teigen and John Legends (or fill in the blanks) Vogue, Lake Como wedding. As you might have guessed: popular destinations come with a big wedding budget. So, unless you can spend big like the rich and famous (please do give us a call), the good news is: there’s a lot of nearby beautiful wedding locations, especially in Italy, that are just as dreamy and luxurious however more suitable for your own #weddinggoals.

We all love Positano, Como and Portofino weddings but they come with a budget. The good news: there are loads of beautiful alternatives to find your dream wedding location within your budget.

5. Does it match our style and vibes?

By now, you have seen wonderful weddings on the internet and your cousin just got married on a cliff in Ibiza, while entering from a hot air balloon, and now you want all that and more! Have you considered what your style is, first? Are you a modern couple who love to go on hikes and wine tasting in the country side? Then maybe you are not as boho chic as you might think and a Tuscan hillside wedding is much more like you. Is your wedding dress much more fairytale princess than rockstar bride? Then an old Borgo or Masseria wedding fits you more than a Coachella style kid of wedding. Believe it or not your venue needs to match your style and vice versa. So before you start looking, ask yourself: what is our style? Your wedding planner is usually very good at asking you the right questions. From what you like to do in your free time to how you decorate your house and what are your favourite places to go for dinner.

Don’t be too influenced by what you see others doing. Don’t forget your wedding needs to reflect your style as a couple and it all starts with finding the right wedding location. If you have no clue where to start: ask your wedding planner!

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