Five tips when planning a destination wedding


Do you have your heart set on a destination wedding but aren’t sure where to start when it comes to planning? Follow these tips from Crystal Lake Travel:

1. Talk to the pros

Travel agents, such as the experts at Crystal Lake Travel, are experienced in helping you find the best spot for your big day. Whether you’re looking for a beach or mountains as a backdrop for saying “I do,” the agency can help take the stress out of the planning by arranging all aspects of your getaway, including airline tickets, all-inclusive packages, airport transfers, hotel stays, and excursions.

2. Know your budget

Having a firm dollar amount in mind can make it easier to keep your spending in check. Once you have your budget, consider opening a vacation savings account and deducting an amount from your paycheck until you reach your target.

3. Get the word out

It is important to give guests plenty of advance notice when it comes to planning a destination wedding. To that end, experts advise sending save-the-date cards as early as possible (at least eight months in advance) so guests can budget and make arrangements for the trip.

4. Consider insurance

For peace of mind in relation to your big day, consider purchasing wedding insurance. A travel policy is not limited to trip cancellations but also can cover missed connections, trip delays, lost or delayed baggage, and emergency medical expenses. Make sure to check with your venue about liability insurance.

5. Make sure paperwork is in order

Is your destination wedding outside of the United States? You’ll need a passport. But don’t wait until the last minute if you are applying for one for the first time as passports can take up to six weeks to process. Additionally, make sure for a destination wedding abroad you know the country's requirements for obtaining a marriage license.

Crystal Lake Travel : 13 Crystal Lake Plaza, Crystal Lake IL 60014 : 815.459.2500 :


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