How to plan a destination wedding

A ceremony, a reception, a honeymoon, and a holiday for guests all in one – what’s not to love about a destination wedding? But there’s another reason to get married abroad, says AMA destination wedding specialist Laurie Matheson: the ease factor. And with AMA’s wedding specialists on your team, you can make it go even more smoothly in a few essential areas:

Remote coordination: Working with the onsite wedding planner, AMA wedding specialists can take care of everything from transportation and decor to the cake, flowers, menus and music. Depending on your comfort level, you can arrive on the scene with your entire wedding planned for you, turnkey-style.

Paperwork: Some wedding destinations simply require birth certificates, passports and proof of single status. Others have more involved legal requirements.

Picking the right resort for your budget: AMA specialists work within your budget to find the perfect location and wedding package. They’ll also help you get everything booked as early as possible (usually early spring for a winter wedding). Even large all-inclusive resorts only do one or two weddings per day – so you don’t want to wait too long, or you could be out of luck.

Group activities: Once you have your venue nailed down, AMA specialists can help with booking city tours, sailing trips, diving excursions, surfing lessons and the like, securing group discounts where available.

Let AMA’s wedding specialists sweat the small stuff for you. We offer exclusive destination wedding packages you won’t find anywhere else.

Attend a free destination wedding session. 

Published in Westworld Alberta, Spring 2015


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