Destination weddings, by their nature, ensure that much of the action of wedding planning takes place far away. This can make it difficult to keep on top of all the things that a bride needs to do. 

The best way to make sure that your distant wedding goes off without a hitch is to make at least one planning trip before the big day. As you prepare for your planning trip, here are four must-do things to put on your checklist.

1. Get a Planner

Having a local person at your destination will be one of the most important things you can do. It could be a professional wedding planner or a coordinator that works through your hotel or resort. It could be a friend or family member who lives in the area if your budget is smaller. This person will be your eyes and ears, so make sure you are clear about your priorities, your vision, and your budget. 

2. Check Out the Hotel

You and your guests will be spending a lot of time at your chosen hotel during the wedding week or weekend. So make sure you visit it and are comfortable that it meets your standards. Get a sense of the layout and its amenities. If possible, talk with management about your guest list so that they can try to put your wedding party near enough to be convenient and help you plan some group activities. 

3. Meet with Vendors

Many aspects of a destination wedding are often arranged by the hotel or offered in pre-prepared packages. This takes out a lot of the stress of wedding planning, which is exactly what most couples want. But you should determine what elements are the most important to you and make separate arrangements to have them in place yourself. This could be such things as hiring a certain photographer, getting a local planner, arranging your own flowers, etc. Meet in person with any vendors of these special elements. 

4. Take a Test Run

A planning trip can serve as a test run for your big weekend so you work out all the kinks early. Perform some trial runs on things such as getting the transportation, testing out the timeline for some events, checking out your wedding and reception venue, or packing wedding items in your luggage. This gives you time to make adjustments if anything doesn't work.

By accomplishing these few tasks during the planning trip, your destination wedding is sure to be even more magical and romantic both for you and for your guests. To learn more, contact an event center like Georgios Banquets, Quality Inn & Suites Conference Centre