Recently I was lucky enough to be flown out by a client for a destination wedding in rural France. As this was my first job abroad, it was an eye opener as to the differences encountered when getting married overseas, therefore I thought it would be beneficial to pass on this new-found information to any readers planning their big day somewhere more exotic.
Pick somewhere accessible!
As I said, my client had chosen a very rural part of mid-western France to host her wedding. The remoteness of the location caused a whole host of issues, from getting the guests to the venue to finding local suppliers. In fact the wedding planners struggled so much to locate certain necessities that they ended up having to use UK based vendors which meant shipping certain produce and paying for flights and accommodation for various people, at much cost to the client. It is easy to get carried away when faced with a beautifully picturesque location, but make sure it is practical as well as pretty!
Check the weather forecast.
September is often a temperamental month weather wise – warm days turn into chillier evenings and you never know whether you will need a T-shirt or a coat! For example, even though on my recent job, the days in France were very warm and reached a lovely temperature of 26C, the evenings were incredibly cold and for my client, who had arranged for a lot of her wedding to take place outside, this posed a problem in the evenings when the guests rushed in from the beautiful al fresco rehearsal dinner to the warmth of their rooms, cutting the evening sadly short.
Don’t forget the practicalities.
A medieval chateau surrounded by its own moat may sound idyllic, but don’t let your heart overrule your head. If you’re going for a venue doused in history, be prepared for a lack of home comforts, e.g. central heating, sufficient lighting and electrical systems able to cope with today’s mod cons. While I was getting the bride ready in one of the grand, yet freezing, rooms, the electricity incessantly cut out as it wasn’t equipped to deal with the voltage needed for curlers, straighteners and hair dryers etc.
There are plenty of things to consider when planning a wedding, even more so when planning your big day abroad, and this blog post merely scratches the surface of things you need to think about, but hopefully this will serve as a reminder that, when you are bringing to life your perfect vision, it is not just about aesthetics but the practicalities as well.