14 May 2023

Planning for a Destination Wedding

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Destination Wedding Budget Advice

One of the biggest concerns for brides planning a European destination wedding is budget. The added costs of a destination wedding can quickly add up, especially when you factor in travel, accommodations, and other expenses. However there many factors that will minimise expenses:

Smaller Guest List

One of the biggest ways in which a destination wedding can be cheaper is by limiting your guest list. Destination weddings often involve travel and accommodations, which means that not everyone will be able to attend. This can be a blessing in disguise, as a smaller guest list means less money spent on food, drinks, and other expenses.

Travel Deals

Another way in which a destination wedding can be cheaper is by taking advantage of package deals. Many resorts and wedding venues offer all-inclusive wedding packages that include everything from the ceremony to the reception to the honeymoon. This can save you money on everything from catering to decorations to transportation.

Natural Beauty

Destination weddings often involve more simple and relaxed settings, which means less emphasis on elaborate decorations and more on the natural beauty of the location. This can help cut down on decoration expenses and allow for a more budget-friendly wedding.

The Destination Doubles as Your Honeymoon

Finally, a destination wedding can be cheaper because it serves as a built-in honeymoon! Rather than spending money on a separate honeymoon, couples can enjoy their first few weeks of married life in the same location as their wedding, taking advantage of any special deals or packages offered by their chosen venue.

Destination Wedding Planning Tips

Here are the top planning tips for Australian couples considering a destination wedding in Europe:

Start Early and Set a Realistic Budget

Begin planning well in advance to secure the best venues and vendors. Establish a clear budget that factors in currency exchange rates, travel expenses, and any additional costs associated with a destination wedding in Europe.

Research Visa and Legal Requirements for your Destination

Familiarise yourselves with the visa and legal requirements for getting married in your chosen European destination. Each country may have different rules regarding paperwork, residency, and documentation.

Visit the Destination Beforehand

Whenever possible, visit the destination in advance to scout venues, meet vendors, and get a feel for the local culture. This first-hand experience will help you make informed decisions.

Consider Guest Accommodations and Transportation

Arrange accommodation options for your guests, ensuring there are various price points and styles to suit different preferences. Provide transportation options or guidance for getting to the venue from their lodgings.

Hire Local Wedding Planners and Vendors

Engage local wedding planners and vendors who are familiar with the area. They will have invaluable knowledge of the best venues, legal requirements, and reliable local services.

Here are my top five European Wedding Planners to consider:

  1. Giulia Alessandri
  2. Lindeman Events
  3. The Tuscan Wedding
  4. Snapdragon
  5. Event Curation

See a more extensive list over on My Top Picks for European Wedding Planners.

Communicate Clearly with Guests

Provide detailed information about the wedding location, including travel tips, accommodation options, and any special considerations. Create a wedding website or booklet with all essential details.

Factor in Time Zones and Seasonal Considerations

Take into account time zone differences when coordinating with vendors and guests. Additionally, be mindful of seasonal weather patterns that may affect your chosen destination.

Plan for Contingencies and Weather

Have a backup plan in case of unexpected weather conditions, especially if you’re having an outdoor ceremony. Consider renting marquees or selecting venues with indoor options.

Incorporate the Local Culture and Traditions

Embrace the local culture by incorporating elements like cuisine, music, or customs into your wedding celebrations. This adds a unique and memorable touch to your special day.

Stay Organised and Flexible

Keep detailed records of contracts, timelines, and communication with vendors. Stay adaptable in case of unforeseen changes or challenges that may arise during the planning process.

Remember, thorough research and open communication are key when planning a destination wedding in Europe. By following these tips, you’ll be well-prepared for a memorable and beautiful celebration abroad.


While destination weddings may seem like a luxury that only the wealthy can afford, they can actually be a more affordable option for couples looking to tie the knot in a beautiful and memorable location. If you need any more convincing or planning advice, check out my post on Why You Should Definitely Have a Destination Wedding.

With careful planning and smart choices, a destination wedding can be a cost-effective way to celebrate your love with your closest family and friends, and I’d love to be a part of it.

Evelina x

a groom holds his brides hand and leads her through a field toward their destination

Evelina Katarzynski

Planning, Travel, Weddings

Planning for a Destination Wedding

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14 May 2023

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