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How To Plan A Destination Wedding

Our Experts Share Their Tips and Secrets for Making Your Dream Destination Wedding a Reality

Sonja Stephen Willn

Planning a wedding is most certainly no easy job. It can be challenging, stressful and even overwhelming at times, and destination weddings can be even more tricky. Organising and arranging so many details for your big day from miles away, via email or phone, can be troublesome and frustrating. But should you let that put you off? Absolutely not. Having a destination wedding can be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. If you have always dreamed of marrying on a beautiful beach, atop a picturesque mountain or in a quaint European town, these tips from UAE-based destination wedding planners will help ensure putting together your big day goes without a hitch. From timing it just right, to picking the perfect venue and best vendors, Rock Your Wedding founder Liesel Papke and Encre d’Or co-founders Justine and Jessica Kokorian have got you covered.

WHY CHOOSE A DESTINATION WEDDING?

“With Dubai being such a great central hub, many couples find a destination wedding works very well when trying to get their families to travel from all around the world. Also, having your wedding away from your home country means you can manage the guest list better, as you will only need to invite close friends and family and not feel pressured to invite every neighbour and cousin. That means destination weddings can be great for the budget too,” Rock Your Wedding’s Liesel says. “They’re also ideal for couples who are looking to stay away from the traditional wedding and instead choose a venue a little more unique, like a tea plantation or rural town, for example.” Encre d’or’s founders believe a destination wedding offers the complete package. “It’s a Wed-cation! It’s a combination of a wedding celebration and vacation and guests are usually so excited to spend this special day in a different city/country/ region they will remember it forever. The venue, the hotel, the food… everything is so special and unique at a destination wedding.”

THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING THE DESTINATION

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Spring / Summer 2018