Whisking away with your lover, bags packed, friends and family not far behind, is an amazing way to kick off the beginning of your forever. But it’s not easy planning a wedding from afar. Sophie Bell (stylist and blogger extraordinaire behind Peppa Hart, a site The Ever After team regularly stalk for styling, interiors and fashion inspiration) married her soul mate in romantic Bali and she’s dropped by today to share her three top tips to make your destination wedding perfect.
Go with your heart
If you really want to get married overseas and it’s your dream, then go with your heart. We were so worried about upsetting our immediate family with having an overseas wedding but as soon as we told them our plans they were so on board with it and they could see how happy the idea of getting married in Bali made us.
Both of our parents had never been to Bali and are a little more on the traditional side. But in the end, our parents are the ones who loved Bali the most and were the ones up dancing all night long, and swimming fully clothed in their wedding outfits until the early hours of the morning! We cannot all wait to get back to Bali as a group again.
If you dreamed of getting married in Italy, then do it. If you love somewhere like crazy, then it’s highly likely your loved ones will be just as in love with it as you are. You only get to have that special day with your darling husband once, so make it everything you want it to be and more.
Research the hell out of where you are getting married, email a million people and get to know everything. Look into local taxes, rules, laws, alcohol prices, all things that differ so much from country to country.
In Bali there is so many things you wouldn’t even know about when planning a wedding, for example taxes to the local government for having a wedding, how to make your marriage legal in Australia and so on.
Give your guests as much notice as possible so they can save up their pennies and organise the time off with work, kids etc. We gave everyone just over 12 months notice and we sent a lot of information on Bali to everyone.
We had a website which had details on tax at the airport, where to exchange money, drivers, hotels and our favourite restaurants. There were quite a few people who had never been to Bali before, so we had events organised everyday so that if they didn’t know where to go or what to do there was always something on. The week before our wedding was so fun, it was like a mini wedding every day.
Check and triple check all your booking and suppliers, we spent a lot of time contacting all of our suppliers to make sure everything was exactly what we wanted. We were unable to visit our venue or go for meetings in person with everyone but we had constant communication with them to make sure it all went smoothly.
There was a little bit of a language barrier sometimes, but we would usually just show images of what we were after and then it would be all ok.
We also arrived in Bali two weeks before the wedding and met with every single supplier in the first 2 days we were there so if anything wasn’t quite right we had a little bit of time to organise an alternative.
And make sure you book excess luggage before you get to the airport, we had 120kg’s on the way over!
Hire a local event planner
The second we hired a local planner who knew our venue and the area inside out, everything went so smoothly from there. We used Beyond Events Bali and they are the BEST, nothing was too much trouble and they helped me pull all my crazy ideas into one perfect event.
They took care of every tiny detail on the day and were so incredibly professional. I cannot say enough how much having an event planner will save you so much stress and running around, it’s worth every cent and more!
I style and plan events myself but I didn’t want the stress of a million suppliers coming to me on the wedding day asking a million questions, I could just relax and enjoy the day and not have to worry about a thing.