Destination Wedding Checklist

Plan Ahead for the Perfect Wedding Day with Rabbi Steve

Be Sure to Speak With Rabbi Steve Before You Plan Your Big Day!

Contact Rabbi Steve A Year or More in Advance!

  • Plan your budget. This should take into account typical wedding items as well as travel expenses.
  • Pick a country/region you’d like to get married in. Consider wedding date and the weather of that location. Get your passports and travel visas ASAP!
  • Set your date and pick a venue.
  • Create a guest list. 
  • Talk about marriage license options with your fiancé. Depending on your wedding location, marriage requirements greatly vary.
  • Considering hiring a planner and a travel agent. Someone who knows your area of choice takes a load off your shoulders.
  • Reserve your honeymoon suite if you plan honeymooning immediately after the wedding.

9–11 Months In Advance

  • Pick your bridal party. Make sure they have all passports and any other identification needed to travel.
  • Send out “Save The Dates.” These should be sent far in advance to give guests plenty of time to make travel arrangements.
  • Create a wedding website. Include details on travel, accommodations, registry details, and more.
  • Create your gift registry. But keep in mind expenses guests are already paying for travel.
  • Reserve a wedding room block. Contact hotels near your venue and let your guests know of any promotional codes they’ll need to book with the discounted rate.
  • Pick your wedding attire!
  • Find vendors.  Try phone calls and Skype consultations to “meet” before you book them.

6–8 Months In Advance

  • Purchase airline tickets. 
  • Take engagement photos.
  • Book the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner location(s).
  • Schedule your dress fitting, get the bridal party’s attire. Remember the flower girl and ring bearer!
  • Order your wedding invitations. 
  • Book wedding-day transportation. Make sure everyone can get to the venue from the hotel easily.
  • Finalize vendors. Make sure you’ve booked the officiant, photographer/videographer, florist, DJ or Band, Cake Maker, Rentals & Linens, and Hairstylist/Makeup Artist. Get everything in writing.

3–5 Months In Advance

  • Finalize your guest list.
  • Scheduling any informal recreational activities. T
  • Purchase wedding rings and accessories. Veil, wedding shoes, undergarments, etc.
  • Finalize honeymoon plans.

6–8 Weeks In Advance

  • Confirm all: Flight and hotel bookings, guest RSVPs and meal choices, wedding vows and readings (with your officiant) ,shot list with your photographer/videographer, menu/beverage/catering details, rental delivery times/pickups, song list for ceremony/cocktail hour/reception (with your DJ /band/musicians), who is giving the toasts.
  • Get any required vaccines and legal documents in order. 
  • Order wedding favors for your guests and/or welcome bags for your guests. 

3–5 Weeks In Advance

  • Send anything you can’t take with you on the plane to an on-site wedding coordinator.
  • Pick up your wedding rings 
  • Final dress fitting..
  • Create a packing list

1–2 Weeks In Advance

  • Pick up your gown.
  • Confirm flight numbers and arrival times. Especially for bridal party.
  • Finalize seating arrangements.
  • Speaking of emergencies: Check the weather report!
  • Start packing for your wedding and honeymoon. 
  • Figure out tips and final payments for vendors. Tipping customs vary from country to country.

A Few Days in Advance

  • Arrive at your wedding destination.
  • Do final checks. This could be a walk-through of the ceremony/reception venues, meeting with vendors, applying for marriage licenses, having a tasting, a hair/makeup trial, and more.
  • Have your wedding dress steamed.

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