Is your wedding date nearing but you still aren’t quite sure what you want to do for your big day? Well, how about getting married in Indonesia?
Often dubbed the Venice of Java for its rivers and water features, Semarang is a beautiful location for a destination wedding. With its rich history and impeccable architecture, there are plenty of options for amazing photo ops and venues.
So, if you’re looking to get married in Semarang in 2023, here’s everything you need to know to plan your dream destination wedding.
1. Consider Your Budget
Destination weddings can be (and usually are) more expensive than traditional ceremonies, so be sure to factor in all of the associated costs. Make a list of everything you’ll need, from venue rental to catering and decorations, and set a budget that works for you.
That is the only way to make sure you don’t end up spending more than you can afford, but also the only way you can actually plan anything.
On the other hand, if money’s not an issue – you can skip this part and just go bonkers.
2. Hire A Wedding Planner
A professional wedding planner can take the stress out of planning your big day and make sure everything runs smoothly on the big day. They’ll work with you to create a customized wedding plan and deal with any last-minute glitches.
These guys have done this before and they know all the ins and outs, so it’s definitely worth considering if you want a hassle-free experience.
Naturally, these come at a cost, so factor this into your budget as well.
3. Book Your Travel And Accommodation Early
If you’re traveling to Semarang for your wedding, be sure to book your travel and accommodation well in advance to get the best deals. While Indonesia isn’t necessarily expensive, a little bit of planning can go a long way.
Start by booking your flights and then look for hotels or other accommodation options that fit your budget.
Also, don’t forget to factor in the cost of any additional activities you might want to do while you’re in town for your big day. Who knows, maybe you’ll even stay for your honeymoon after?
4. Pick A Venue That Fits Your Style
There are plenty of beautiful locations in Semarang to choose from, so take your time picking the perfect spot for your wedding. Whether you’re looking for an outdoor venue with stunning views or indoor space with a bit of historical charm, there’s something for everyone.
Maybe none of that interests you and you just want to keep things elegant. In that case, there are plenty of hotels in Semarang, like Hotel Aruss, with beautiful banquet halls or stunning views of the city.
One way or another, make sure your venue fits your style so you can look back on your wedding day with nothing but happy memories.
5. Settle On A Guest List Early
Guest lists can be a headache, but they’re an important part of wedding planning. Also, factor in the fact that you’re not just having your ceremony a few miles from your home. Most of your guests will probably have to fly in.
Begin by making a list of everyone you want to invite, and then start whittling it down from there.
The sooner you get this done, the better. Not only will it make things easier for you when it comes to booking your venue and catering, but it’ll also give you a better idea of how much everything is going to cost.
Also, RSVPs will be super important, but we’ll get to those later.
6. Choose Your Outfits Carefully
When choosing what to wear for your destination wedding, think about both the climate and the cultural norms of Semarang. If you’re not sure what’s appropriate, consult with a local stylist or fashion designer for advice.
Although to be fair, Semarang is not your average US college campus. There’s little to no chance of running into any problems or offending anyone here. The people are lovely, and you can wear whatever the heck you want. Just keep the climate in mind!
7. Have A Rehearsal Dinner
A rehearsal dinner is a great way to kick off the festivities and give your guests a chance to meet each other before the big day. It can also be a fun opportunity for you and your bridal party to let loose before the ceremony begins!
While many folks frown upon these, we don’t. We think these are a great opportunity for you to get a feel of the whole thing or make some last-minute touch-ups if necessary.
8. Plan Activities For Your Guests
If you’re hosting a destination wedding, chances are most of your guests will have never been to Semarang before. Plan some fun activities for them to do during their stay, from sightseeing tours to wine tastings and cultural experiences.
Also, there are a few beaches around the city, so consider organizing a group outing to one of them. Your guests will definitely appreciate it!
9. Keep Track Of RSVPs
It can be tricky getting an accurate headcount for a destination wedding, so keep track of RSVPs as they come in and update your guest list accordingly. This will help you make sure that everyone who wants to attend can be accommodated, and will also help you tremendously since you’re having your party away from home.
10. Have A Backup Plan
Despite your best efforts, there’s always a chance that something could go wrong on your big day. Be prepared for any eventuality by having a backup plan in place for things like bad weather or last-minute cancellations.
Don’t worry, we’re not saying these things will happen. We’re just saying it’s always better to be safe than sorry. And, we don’t want you to be sorry on your wedding day!
With these tips in mind, you’re well on your way to planning the perfect destination wedding in Semarang. Just remember to relax and enjoy the ride – it’s your big day, after all!