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Destination wedding checklist & timeline

Planning a destination wedding involves a great deal of work, attention to details, and high organisational skills. There are many factors to consider along the way, and many couples don’t realise how much work organising a destination wedding is until they start planning it themselves. And that’s where we come in! Destination wedding planners have extensive experience organising and planning your special day. Our job is to ensure that your vision comes to life just the way it was intended to. Get in touch with us anytime to learn more about how we can help make your special day unforgettable!


In this article, we’d like to give you an overview of the different steps that need to be taken in order to plan a destination wedding. There are different factors that determine how much planning your destination wedding requires (e.g. number of guests, type of ceremony, level of involvement of the wedding planner, what planning activities you want to take on yourself, if any). In general, contacting us at least 18 to 12 months before your date gives us enough time to plan your destination wedding the right way.

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Your destination wedding checklist & timeline

Here’s a rundown of what a destination wedding checklist and timeline typically look like.

18-12 months before your destination wedding

Ideally you contact us at least one year before your preferred date. This will give us enough time to arrange everything!

Once we’ve been in touch and discussed with you what you’re imaging for your special day, we can choose the style or theme of your destination wedding, complete the guest list and book the venue or church where celebrations will take place. During this time, we can go location scouting for you and advise you on what venue best suits your needs. Sicily boasts plenty of wedding venues and locations. Being based here allows us to give you ample choice in terms of places where to say, “Yes, I do”. 

12-6 months before your destination wedding

This is the time where we start to make all travel arrangements, deal with marriage paperwork, and confirm what your wedding day will look like. The checklist might include:


  • Sending invitation to guests

  • Researching travel and accommodation options for guests

  • Booking flights and accommodations

  • Verifying legal requirements for your marriage

  • Booking photographers and/or video makers, hair stylists, and make-up artists

  • Creating a wedding gift list

  • Confirming gowns for bridesmaids and outfits for groomsmen

6-1 month before your destination wedding

We’re getting closer and closer to the date! This is probably our favourite time during the whole destination wedding preparation because it’s when you really start to see how your wedding will come to life! Here are a few points to consider for your wedding checklist during this time:


  • Finalising your destination wedding theme and confirming any decorations, flower design, or music

  • Finalising your menu, including your wedding cake

  • Setting dates and locations for bridal showers and bachelor/bachelorette parties

  • Buying gifts for guests, parents, bridesmaids and groomsmen

  • Finalising your honeymoon

  • Review contracts with suppliers or vendors

  • Writing your vows and having your wedding rings ready

1month - Wedding day

Only one month to your destination wedding! We can feel the excitement growing and we are already looking forward to seeing how everything will come together. What is really important during this time is to make sure that all the booking and planning checklist items are ticked off the list. These may include:


  • Confirming any travel arrangements 

  • Making sure that any booking or experience you’ve prepared for your guests is confirmed (goodie bags, wellness treatments, etc.) 

  • Finalising any paperwork for your marriage

  • Arranging all final fittings and hair and make-up styles


… until your wedding day comes! On this day, there are still a few things to take care of to ensure that everything goes as planned. We can be by your side discreetly and ensure that everything proceeds seamlessly. We believe that you don’t have to do anything other than enjoy your day with your loved ones - we will take care of the rest for you.

Planning your destination wedding with Amuri

There are several steps involved in creating the destination wedding of your dreams. Let us help you make your dreams come true in wonderful Sicily. Having someone on your side who understands what you’re looking for (and that gives you the right tips!) can help you make your wedding planning easy and worry-free. Contact us anytime, the first consultation is on us!

First consultation is on us!

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