Your wedding is one of the biggest days of your life, and you and your bride have decided to celebrate it abroad. You’ve already picked the destination, informed your guests, and are now finalizing all the plans. Typically, the groom is not as involved in the wedding planning as the bride, but as the wedding gets closer you’ll want to make sure all the small details are taken care of. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your destination wedding.
You don’t want to arrive in a foreign country and suddenly realize you forgot your wedding shoes at home. To avoid this terrible mistake, pack everything you’ll need at least one week in advance. Along with the suit, remember to pack:
- Wedding-day accessories: e.g. shoes, watch, and cufflinks
- Non-wedding-day attire: e.g. clothes for your rehearsal and pre-wedding activities
- Toiletries: e.g. toothbrush and toothpaste, soap, and contact lenses
- Electronics: e.g. necessary extension cords and portable chargers
Additionally, make sure you and your fiancé are on the same page about who’s bringing what. You don’t want to forget the wedding rings because you both thought the other was going to bring them. This way, you’ll know that you’ll have everything you need to have a smooth wedding ceremony.
Get your haircut before you leave
Finding a barber in an unfamiliar land is not an easy task, especially when it’s imperative that your hair is cut to perfection. In order to reduce the chance of any mishaps, get your hair cut by a barber you trust. If you’re going to be arriving at the destination before the wedding, consider cutting your hair a little shorter than you normally would. This way it can grow out to the desired length for your wedding day.
It can be difficult to make sure that all vendors are on the same page when you’re planning a wedding in a different country. Call the venue, caterer, hotel and entertainment providers to make sure all the plans are set. You don’t want to leave anything to chance, so make sure that everyone understands their duties in making this happen.
Put someone else in charge
Your main job during this trip is to get married. You shouldn’t worry yourself about whether your parents make it to the ceremony on time or your uncle knows where’s he’s supposed to sit. Designate a trusted person to take care of all of these mundane, yet important, details. Your focus should only be on what you need to do to make it down the aisle.
And finally, relax
Weddings can be stressful, but you have to remember this is a celebration. So take this opportunity to sit back, relax, and relish in the love you have for your soon-to-be bride. If you follow these tips to prepare for your destination wedding, your day will go off without a hitch.