The Ultimate Destination Wedding Checklist

Dreaming of a destination wedding? We don't blame you. Few things can compare to the thrill and romance of jet-setting to say "I do".

But, reality check: If you're planning an international affair, your wedding planning challenges just got taken up a notch. Tack on a few thousand miles, language barriers, and regulations in a foreign country, and things can get pretty tricky.

Luckily, we've put together a comprehensive Destination Wedding Checklist to help you navigate through the logistics and smoothly sail to Happily Ever After.




12–16 Months To Go...

Couple enjoys their destination wedding in Mexico with a Mariachi band

Aevitas Weddings





9–11 Months To Go...

Tri-fold destination wedding itinerary with tropical leaves

Coral Pheasant





6–8 Months To Go...

Newlyweds kiss in front of colorful homes in Positano, Italy

Creatrix Photography




3–5 Months To Go...

An ESCAPE Canvas Utility Bag by Forest Bound, packed and ready to go

Forest Bound




6–8 Weeks To Go...

A destination wedding in Paris, with the Eiffel Tower in the background

KT Merry




3–5 Weeks To Go…

Welcome bag for destination wedding with sunglasses, camera and treats

Images by Amber Robinson




1–2 Weeks To Go...

An outdoor wedding ceremony by a Mexican Beach

Joey Kennedy Photography




4–5 Days To Go…

A beautiful couple poses in front of ruins in Tulum, Mexico

Sean Cook Weddings




The Day Before…

A beachy outdoor wedding reception under a canopy

Jonathan Ivy Photography




The Day Of…

An ecstatic couple after saying their destination wedding I Do's

Ashley Smith Events



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