Destination Wedding Checklist

Renata Faeth

When you're planning a destination wedding, there are a lot of details to keep track of. Here's a checklist to make sure your trip and ceremony not only go smoothly, but are also memorable:

  • Check legal requirements and paperwork: When selecting a destination, check with the country’s tourism board or consulate for all legal wedding requirements, including paperwork. Find out how many witnesses are required and how early they need to arrive before the ceremony.
  • Think about upgrades: Consider flying first-class, upgrading your room to a suite, or selecting a hotel that caters to destination weddings.
  • Inquire about all-inclusive wedding/honeymoon packages that include accommodations, food, beverages and amenities.
  • Review resort age restrictions: Check to see whether your resort is family-friendly or adults-only, as this may impact your guest list.
  • Attention, brides! Your passport is issued in your maiden name, so make sure the information on your air and hotel reservations matches your passport. See more passport tips for your destination wedding or honeymoon trip.
  • Make sure your guests have all the information: As soon as you book your destination wedding, send your guests a save-the-date reminder, plus your booking information and your Travel Advisor’s contact information, so they’re able to take advantage of special AAA offers.
  • Review your packing list: When planning your wedding wardrobe, consider the climate and airline baggage requirements.
  • Preview your destination: Try to visit your chosen destination before your wedding to meet your wedding coordinator and make sure your big day is exactly the way you want it.
  • Arrive early: It’s a good idea to arrive at your destination a few days before the wedding ceremony to double check details planned for the big day.
  • Take advantage of exclusive discount offers from AAA’s many Preferred Partners for your destination wedding and honeymoon. Also, consider a memorable out-of-town bachelor or bachelorette party for your guests.
  • Make time for just the two of you: Plan for fun activities both before and after the wedding, such as sightseeing, massages, and day trips.