What to Know About Planning a Destination Wedding for 2022

A bride and groom in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Destination weddings allow for a far more intimate ceremony while serving as a two-for-one: wedding and honeymoon location. However, planning a destination wedding—especially in 2022 with everything up in the air regarding the pandemic—can be excruciatingly complicated. It can be difficult to know where to start, what to pay attention to, and how to make sure the event is a success.

Here is everything you need to know about planning a destination wedding for 2022, whether you’ve chosen a tropical oasis or snow-capped mountain retreat.

When to Have Your Destination Wedding

The ideal time for your wedding largely depends on the destination you choose. You want to consider venue availability, the weather in your chosen destination, and any schedule restrictions you may have. Take full advantage of the local environment and be sure you consider the chance of rainfall by the season. You don’t want to plan a destination wedding in the middle of monsoon season or when tourism is at its height. Keep in mind, however, that an off-season date may mean more closures than is ideal. Do some research before you choose.

When to Tell Your Guests

Destination weddings take a little extra effort to plan, but that also extends to your guests. If you want to have a lot of people there, then you want to give them plenty of time to plan and budget for the event. Sending out save-the-dates at least eight months in advance can help make sure your guests have the time to prepare for your wedding. Make sure they get the actual invitations no later than three months as they need to make the necessary arrangements to travel.

How Much Should You Help Your Guests?

A wedding ceremony arch overlooking a body of water.

Your wedding guests are responsible for paying for their tickets and accommodations, and they’re responsible for making sure they have everything they need to get to your wedding. It’s your job to communicate that as gracefully and lovingly as possible. Additionally, it’s considerate to provide lodging recommendations to suit a variety of budgets. If you want to make everyone’s planning even easier, you can enlist the help of a travel agent to make reservations easier and to help everyone find the best travel deals.

Consider Hiring a Planner

A wedding planner or coordinator can help you tackle all the random tasks involved in destination wedding planning, helping make it much less stressful. Rather than spending endless hours on the phone with vendors in other states or countries, a wedding planner can do a lot of the tedious work for you. If you don’t want to hire a wedding planner, then check with your venue to see if they have an on-site coordinator who can assist you.

Consider Ditching the Gift Registry

A bride and groom at their destination wedding in Europe.

Since your guests are investing so much already by coming to your wedding—which is time-intensive and costly for a destination wedding—you may want to consider eliminating your gift registry. Alternatively, you can have guests ship gifts to your home rather than bringing them to the wedding site since transporting everything back will get complicated.

Know the Current Virus Restrictions

If you’re planning a destination wedding for 2022 in a different country, be sure you do plenty of research about any current restrictions. The same goes for different states or cities. Some places require negative tests within the last 24 hours while others require full vaccinations. This applies to you, your partner, and every guest who attends. Get clear on the current requirements so you can communicate expectations to your guests and allow everyone to be as comfortable as possible.

Consider the Honeymoon

A newlywed couple at a tropical resort on their honeymoon.

Some couples who plan destination weddings don’t have a getaway planned, but rather spend the “honeymoon” as a vacation with their friends and family. While this is one way to go about it, there are also ways you can gently transition from the wedding into honeymoon mode. It just has to be handled with finesse, especially if you’re all staying on the same property. Saying your goodbyes and moving to a separate section of the hotel or resort can help.

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