Visit the location first and foremost.
You can’t plan a wedding in a location that you have never really been to. That just wouldn’t make sense. Visit it a year before the wedding so that you have an idea about the local flavour and how you are going to bring the entire concept about.
Go local with the vendors.
Even if you may have a special need to cover for the transportation and accommodations of your professional destination wedding photographer, you should keep it local with the rest of the other vendors that you are planning to do business with for the wedding. They just know the area better and can give you more options after the a fact which is why going local will actually work for you and for your partner both in terms of budget and variety.
Make the most out of the location.
Even if you have a professional destination wedding photographer in tow, you need to understand the fact that you are going to have a need for someone to help you make the most out of the location as well. The mere fact that you are opting for a destination wedding in the first place only comes to show that there is something very special about the location and you shouldn’t put this to waste by not making the most out of the environment that you will be in during the day of the wedding. If you are in a seaside location, try to see if you can incorporate some beachy elements in the wedding décor. If you are somewhere woodsy or something like that, make the most out of the trees and the vegetation. Your destination wedding photographer will be able to maximize the location even more if you know how to highlight it in all of the right ways when it all comes down to it.
Come prepared for the expenses.
It can very costly trying to plan out a destination wedding and this is what you need to sit down with your partner about and really absorb as much as possible early on. When you come to think about it, a destination wedding will cost you roughly double of how much it will normally cost you if you throw out a traditional wedding in your own local area instead. Although this is the case and although there are serious snags you will most likely hit in your wedding budget, you can be rest assured though that you are bound to have a wedding that is really one for the books, so to speak. If you are planning to go ahead and take this on in the first place, then you need to be ready and prepared for anything and everything that might possibly come your way after the fact. Save up. Plan out a wedding a year in advance so that you at least have enough time to get your savings in place and to bring the money together. This is not the type of wedding that you plan out as a spur of the moment thing. This is something that you need to be very meticulous and detailed about if you would like this to turn out to be a success at the end of the day.