When you are planning a destination wedding, the whole experience can be just as much exciting as challenging. Knowing the pitfalls of planning from afar can help you avoid unpleasant situations.
1. Planning a legal ceremony without doing your homework
Get married abroad will involve some research about legal requirements, documentation you may be required to submit and how to register your marriage in your country of residence. You can’t just fly to Ibiza and get legally married so, make sure to do your research well in advance before proceeding with the planning. See our post “The Legal Situation Regarding Getting Married In Ibiza“ for more comprehensive details. If you just can’t make it work, you can always opt for a spiritual ceremony and then make it official at home.
2. Assuming it’ll be just like home
Service level, speed of work and even local food aren’t always going to be just like you’re used to back home. Be prepared to toss out some of those expectations and just roll with it when on “island time.” You’ll be a happier bride or groom if you do!
3. Not getting everything in writing
Vendor contracts are there for a reason: to ensure you’re getting what you paid for while protecting both sides. Each expectation you discuss should be outlined on paper to avoid any misunderstandings, even last second changes. If you don’t speak Spanish, you can always seek help from the professional Ibiza’s wedding planners.
4. Not accounting for the hot sun
Weather plans aren’t just for rain—excessive heat can cause a delay in your ceremony or make your guests incredibly uncomfortable. If you are planning a summer wedding, make sure to take the heat into consideration — try to avoid the ceremony during the hottest hours and provide some heat relief, no matter how much someone loves the sun, your guests will appreciate a few ways to escape the heat! Anne Walker of Ibiza Photography provides us “5 creative ideas to stay cool at your Ibiza wedding“.