The top eight destination wedding worries revealed

11 May 2016

Despite many upsides, a destination wedding can throw up all sorts of woes and worries that an at-home ceremony avoids. TransferWise reveals the top eight, with methods of prevention

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From sunnier climes to meaningful locations, there are so many advantages to a destination wedding.

However, there are also multiple downsides as identified by international money transfer platform, TransferWise, who surveyed couples who had used their services to pay for a wedding. Here are the results, with tips to avoid each issue:

1. Half (49%) worry about family and friends being unable to attend - Book the wedding well in advance to make sure the people most important to you are able to attend. You can send a speedy save the date note using It’s also wise to search out the best flight and hotel deals for your guests and make it as easy as possible for them to get a good deal.

2. Almost half (44%) worry about sourcing local suppliers and finding the right venue - Hiring a local wedding planner who can speak the language and can recommend local suppliers is essential when planning a wedding outside the UK. To make sure they understand what you’re after, create a Pinterest board with all your wedding inspiration and share it with your planner.

3. A third (33%) worry about transporting or forgetting to pack important items - Share the responsibility. Ask members of your bridal party to travel with important pieces so you don’t have to rely on international couriers. There are a lot of good organisational apps to help here such as  Wunderlist, which lets you share and track task lists in groups.

4. One fifth (22%) worry about the weather - Look for destinations with guaranteed sunshine and check historical weather records of your chosen destination before booking anything. We’re fans of, which gives you access to detailed worldwide weather predications. Your guests will thank you for avoiding monsoon season.

5. One fifth (21%) worry about paperwork and bureaucracy - Check the documents and permits you need to marry in your country of choice, and make sure you and your partner are both ahead of the game – Evernote, Scannable and Google Drive are great apps to save all those documents in one place digitally, so you can keep on top of the admin. Some permits take up to six months to pass so don’t leave this until the end.

6. 17% worry about the cost of the wedding itself - You don’t have to hold back on the special touches to your wedding to save money. Banks charge a lot for sending money abroad, and knowing how to get around the charges is a great way to cut costs. Use peer-to-peer money transfer services like TransferWise to pay venues and suppliers for your wedding abroad. Bradley and Hannah (pictured) got married on the Greek Island of Santorini and used TransferWise to send £8,000 abroad to cover the cost of their wedding.


7. 14% worry about the cost of travel - Only book flights in the ‘incognito’ mode on your web browser, or use a different computer to the one you’ve been using to browse flights. Your web browser will remember which flights you’ve been searching for and will freeze the price so the flights won’t dip any lower in price. Another tip is to use a flight comparison website to help you find the cheapest flights; Skyscanner is a favourite.  

8. One tenth (12%) worry about travel delays - Delays are sometimes unavoidable. Factor in time for delayed transport in your plan by encouraging guests to book a flight the day before the wedding. Using Airbnb for accommodation can minimise the cost of any extra nights.

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