Planning a Wedding in Israel from Abroad
For literally millennia, Israel has been an irresistible destination. It has incredibly diverse terrain! From gorgeous green forests to pristine, sandy beaches, vast deserts to stunning mountains, with breathtaking views. Israel is a country rich in history and culture as well as spiritual and religious significance. It is no surprise, therefore, that Israel is such a desirable wedding destination. But – and there is no easy way to say this – planning a wedding in Israel from abroad – is NOT an easy endeavor.
Learning an entire industry, culture and currency in a foreign region and language, all while you are miles and miles away, is a recipe for disaster. Before jetting off to marry your love in Israel, here are some important details to consider.
Plan. Plan. Plan… In Advance
The earlier you plan your destination wedding in Israel from abroad – the better. First of all, this will ensure that you get the cream of the crop when it comes to top venue and supplier selections. Your guests can plan, block out vacation days and coordinate travel logistics in advance. And, finally, it will leave plenty of room (and time) for creativity, fun additions and unique accents to your event.
Only if you can, but it is highly recommended that you step foot in Israel prior to your event. Seeing your hotels and venues close up and tasting the local cuisine in advance will help you envision your event and think of additional elements to care for. Meeting your key suppliers and stakeholders in person will contribute greatly to the success of your event. This will deepen the relationship and help your vendors cater to your specific needs.
Hire Someone Local
It goes without saying that it is essential to leverage industry knowledge and local expertise in your event destination. Instead of guessing your way through a planning process – cut to the chase by hiring someone with their feet on the ground. A guide who can help you uncover local talent, ensure you are not getting ripped off and handle your event details from up close. Of course we are experts in this topic, check us out here 🙂
Plan Additional Activities
When it comes to destination planning – guests will most likely come for a long weekend or several days. Take advantage of this and make your event an experience by offering additional activities beyond your wedding party. Welcome luncheons, rehearsal dinners, wedding weekends, day trips, etc. All the activities will be some of the perks and benefits that your guests should enjoy when traveling far for your celebration. And for the guests that are planning to stay more days you can also share a tourist guide.
Local Marriage Requirements
Make sure to arrange these in advance and educate yourself about what is needed if you plan to marry or register according to local Israeli requirements. Some people opt for a beautiful Israeli ceremony, and do the official bit back at home.
Arrive in Advance
Events are stressful and they have the potential to be all the more stressful. Avoid this by arriving at your destination wedding with enough time to settle in. You want to have time to get over jet lag, close any loose ends, ensure your dresses are steamed, suits are pressed, etc. Also very important, make sure you are fully relaxed and rejuvenated when your guests arrive. Don’t rush it. Give yourself enough time.
Destination weddings in Israel are the most inspiring and unforgettable events. You won’t regret your decision to bring your loved ones together in Israel for your special day. Just remember to keep an open mind during the process when it comes to out of the box ideas and concepts. Be prepared for some ‘last minute’ changes and remember to hire the right professionals to help you navigate the road ahead!