As told by Apple Vacations Destination Wedding Expert, Ashley Surkin
There are many emotions during the wedding planning process but more often than not, what you’re feeling is stress!
Remind yourself that the most important part of this is that you come out married to the love of your life. Everything else is fluff in comparison to that main goal. Here is a helpful timeline for tackling the daunting list of to-do’s before the I-do’s.
9 Months-to-a-Year Out
– Create a solid guest list. Don’t forget to collect everyone’s addresses!
– Research marriage requirements in the destination you chose to marry. Some countries require that you be there 48-72 hours prior to nuptials.
AVDW Tip: Create an Excel spreadsheet in order to keep track of your growing guest list and mailing addresses. This will also come in handy when you’re collecting RSVPs or sending out thank you notes.
4-9 Months Out
– If you haven’t already, send your Save-the-Dates! The sooner the better so your guests can make their travel arrangements.
– Obtain passports. They take about 4-6 weeks to process/renew.
– Find your perfect sand/travel-friendly gown!
2-4 Months Out
– Confirm any offsite excursions you may have planned.
– Make/order favors and put together welcome bags for all of your guests.
AVDW Tip: Consider shipping favors and welcome bag items to the resort and assembling them the day you arrive. It’ll save you a lot of hassle while traveling.
1-2 Months Out
– Send out formal invitations 6-8 weeks before the big day. Be sure to include a schedule of group events and any other important information you feel that your guests may need to be aware of.
– Finalize wedding details with your on-site wedding coordinator.
– If you’re planning a symbolic ceremony now is the time to apply for a marriage license. Depending on where you live there is usually a waiting period which could take anywhere from 24 hours to several weeks to receive your license.
– Check with the resort that there will be a gown steamer or somewhere nearby that offers this service.
AVDW Tip: During travel your gown should be with you at all times and in a protective garment bag that you can either stow overhead or in the first class closet.
Once you arrive at your destination be sure to touch base with your coordinator and deliver the welcome bags. If you’re having a legal ceremony, satisfy all necessary requirements before the big day. Other than that, take this time to relax (just don’t forget sunscreen!). You made it!