From its striking natural backdrops to its ideal climate and elegant venues, Hawaii has been a widespread wedding destination for decades. The options are truly endless, ranging from the modern luxury of the big city of Oahu to the cloud-shrouded mountains of Maui. Regardless of which breathtaking locale you choose to tie the knot in, you’ll need a detailed checklist to help make the process of planning your destination wedding that much smoother. Belle’s Destination Wedding Checklist will see you through every step of wedding planning from the day you get engaged to hoping on the plane to say “I do.”
1 Year Out
 Determine your budget: include costs that accompany the number of guests, as well as the costs of accommodations, flights and ceremony.
 Research and decide on a destination
 Choose your bridal party
 Develop your guest list or decide on an elopement
 Research the marriage requirements in your location
 Begin the search for your wedding gown
 Contract a photographer and/or videographer
 Book your wedding planner
 Optional: plan a visit to your destination to test the waters
10 – 11 Months Out
 Order and send Save-the- Dates
 Research group hotel accommodations
 Build out a wedding website with as much travel and wedding information as possible (Be sure to include the link to your website with your enclosure cards)
 Purchase plane tickets
 Apply for passport, if needed
7-9 Months Out
 Shop for and order bridesmaids dresses
 Arrange travel insurance
 Order wedding gown
 Shop for, order and send destination wedding invitations
 Work with wedding planner to book entertainment, food, florist, etc.
 Start thinking about a wedding theme or color scheme; get advice from your wedding planner regarding local customs and traditions, in-season florals, cuisine, etc.
5-6 Months Out
 Groom begins shopping for his attire and groomsmen’s’
 Register for gifts
 Purchase wedding bands
 Shop for honeymoon wardrobe while it’s in season
 Book a hair appointment for a cut or color touch up
3-4 Months Out
 Research and order welcome bags, if necessary
 Research and order wedding favors
 Mail wedding invitations
 Confirm all reservations
 Confirm the entire bridal parties attire
 Choose shoes and jewelry for your wedding outfit
 If doing your own hair and makeup, make an appointment to visit a cosmetics counter f or a makeup trial.
1-2 Months Out
 Confirm program of events and communicate with guests via wedding website
 Check for outstanding RSVP’s and follow up
 Make a list of everything you need to pack
 Designate family and friends for transporting any items for you, such as welcome bags and favors
 Try on wedding gown and arrange for any final alterations
 Arrange a meeting point with all vendors at the destination
 Arrange transportation from airport to your accommodations for guests
1-2 Weeks Out
 Confirm final guest count with your venue
 Map out seating chart
 Get engagement ring cleaned
 Schedule a manicure/pedicure
 Double and triple check you have originals and copies of all required legal documents
 Contact cell phone carrier and purchase an international data plan
 Start packing!
 Meet with your wedding planner to confirm any last minute details, hand over favors, etc.
 Meet with officiant if required
 Attend makeup and hair trial if hiring someone
 Meet with photographer to discuss potential photo opportunities
 Take time to enjoy your surroundings, grab a drink and relax!
*Important tip: In the unfortunate occasion that your bags get lost during travel, you’ll want to be sure that your most important items are packed in your carry-on bag. Include your passport, plane tickets, credit card/cash, wedding rings, wedding dress, veil, tux/suit and wedding shoes.
At Belle Destination, we make design and destination planning simple. By reflecting the heartbeat of the local culture, we harness the energy of emotion and the power of paradise to help you create your own personal paradise with less stress and more joy. Contact us today to learn about our destination wedding planning services!
Photography: Dmitri Photography | Florals: Mandy Grace Designs