Now that you’ve identified the basic requirements for your destination wedding in the Philippines, the next step is to start creating your to-do list. This will be helpful in keeping you on track of all the things that you will need to accomplish. Ideally, you should start doing this eight months prior your wedding day.
In case you missed the first part of our feature, you may read it here: https://www.clubparadisepalawan.com/how-to-plan-for-a-destination-wedding-in-the-philippines
Here is a simple checklist that will keep you organize:
1. Decide on your final entourage. Names of the principal sponsors, secondary sponsors, bridesmaids, groomsmen, among others, will be very important in finalizing your official invite. Likewise, since yours will be a destination wedding in the Philippines, this would be essential for the entourage to free up their schedule for your wedding day.
2. Send out the official invitation. This is the time to do the follow-ups with regards to the save the date invites you sent prior. For a destination wedding, this is very important as this would give you a clear idea if your guests are interested in booking group accommodation. Note: You must be able to secure RSVPs latest at least six months prior your wedding day.
3. Choose your wedding gown. What type of cut do you like? Who shall make one for you? Will you just settle for ready-to-wear gowns? The option is solely up to you. Aside from this, you must also decide whether you and your significant other will shoulder the expenses of the gowns and suits of your bridesmaids and groomsmen. The wedding outfits should be ready at least three months prior the wedding day. This must be followed with the initial fitting. This way, proper adjustments can be done. Final fitting should be done at least one month prior wedding day.
4. Finalize details of your preferred wedding venue, cake provider, menu, florist, HMU (hair & make up), photographer/videographer, etc. You will also need to finalize details of your accommodation and flights. If you’ve decided to go with a wedding planner, best to discuss all of these early on. This will also ensure that you book the best wedding vendors for your special day. Don’t forget to schedule trial appointments for hair & make up and photographers/videographers.
5. Double check if you have accomplished requirements for marriage license, i.e. birth certificate, proof of non-marriage or divorce (whatever is applicable), valid ID, etc. You may seek assistance of your wedding planner if you have one.
6. Secure passport and visa if you’re coming from another country. This also applies to your guests if they’re not from the Philippines. If you’re a local resident, you may skip this step.
7. Book flights and accommodation. If you’re getting married in Coron, Palawan, the best option is Club Paradise Palawan, a 19 hectare island resort hotel dotted in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
On the next feature, we will give you tips on what to do from a month prior your wedding day. 🙂