Tips for Creating a Costa Rica Destination Wedding Timeline

Advice from wedding experts for creating a destination wedding timeline for your dream ceremony on the sunny shores of Costa Rica. Exotic destination weddings are more popular than ever, but usually entail a bit more legwork to ensure your vision and special requirements are met. Follow these guidelines to ensure your big day goes off without a hitch!

Creating a Costa Rica Destination Wedding Timeline

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10 to 12 months before your Costa Rica wedding

  • Decide on your total wedding budget and be prepared to stick to it!
  • Use Pinterest to collect inspirational ideas, photos and design elements that appeal to you, or  do it the old-fashioned way and start your own wedding binder
  • Check that your passports are current and renew if necessary
  • Decide on the date for your wedding day
  • Scout out wedding venues using your iPad to capture photos and video
  • Your smart phone or iPad can also be used for collecting images when attending bridal expos
  • Confirm Costa Rica laws for marriage requirements
  • Create a guest list and send out the save-the dates

9 months to go 

  • Download a bridal app to help with your planning and logistics– some popular apps include Appy Couple, Wedding Snap, Pro Wedding Planner and Postable
  • If feasible, plan a trip to your preferred destination, so you can interview and hire a wedding planner and day-of coordinator
  • Ensure you have any pertinent legal documents ready (such as previous marriage/divorce records)
  • Reserve your Costa Rica wedding villa or venue and lodging for attendants
  • Book your own flights and encourage your guests to purchase their own airline tickets as soon as possible
  • Start exploring possible adventure tours and activities for wedding guests
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6 to 8 months prior

  • Register for your wedding gifts using your handy new smartphone app – a favorite among brides-to-be is Gift Registry 360
  • Begin researching local recommended wedding photographers/videographers
  • Create a music wish list and select a band/DJ
  • Purchase your wedding gown and finalize selections for bridesmaid dresses
  • Use SKYPE to discuss your vision and style preferences with your wedding coordinator and planner
  • Continue collaborations on ceremony and reception details
  • Finalize your reception menu and type of wedding cake

3 to 5 months out

  • Order your wedding party favors
  • Review your budget to ensure you’re still on track
  • Send out invitations as early as possible
  • Finalize choices on flower arrangements, music and menus

2 months to go

  • If you’ve created a wedding website, update it and ensure  options are left  for your gift registry
  • Begin composing your wedding vows
  • Re-confirm your venue and travel reservations
  • Confirm that all essential family and guests have booked their tickets and lodging
  • Finalize all day-of events and honeymoon itineraries

3 days prior 

  • Arrive at your fabulous Costa Rica beach wedding destination
  • Go over details with your wedding planner
  • Print our wedding day schedules for your attendants
  • Spa day!! Indulge in some pre-nuptial beauty treatments with a facial, massage, manicure and pedicure
  • Enjoy a fun rehearsal dinner but make sure you get your beauty rest

Your wedding day

  • Stay calm, eat healthfully and remember to hydrate
  • Let all your hard work and planning pay off
  • Enjoy one of the best days of your life!
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