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Packing for a destination wedding

Nadia Wood

You've chosen your destination, and you've sent out all your invites...you'll need to start planning what to pack soon! You've probably guessed that it's going to require a little more than a standard holiday, but aren't quite sure what else you'll need; so the Amulet team is here to help you with some advice on packing for a destination wedding. 

It’s easy to get caught up in everything, then feel stressed out and forget a crucial item, especially when you've got so much on your mind. That’s why I’ve put together a separate destination wedding checklist to make sure you don’t forget a thing! So - as I have been in your shoes before - I recommend that you print this out, pop it on your fridge, and use it as a tick list, so you can ensure you've packed everything you need each item right before you head to the airport!

Planning Folder and Documents

Do not leave your home without the essential contracts and agreements made that you've collected in your planning folder. Carry this folder in your hand luggage, and keep your documentation on your person.  Well before your wedding, check with your planner or local authorities which documents you need to get legally married in your chosen destination, and compile a list to make packing them easier. Make sure you have copies of all your vital documentation too - passports and birth certificates - put photocopies inside pockets of wedding suits or in your shoes, and scan everything and pop on your "cloud" - the last thing you want to be worrying about is the stress of a lost passport.

In sickness and in health...

If you're travelling to an area where you're not fluent in their language, or you've not visited before, you need to pack emergency essentials! It might sound dramatic, but preparing for the worst and having a first aid bag is vital. Put in any prescribed medication, some pain killers and items like antiseptic creams, plasters, bug repellent, and other behind the counter medicines for you and your guests. Hopefully it won't be necessary, but always handy to have things available. Other items that you can include might be talcum powder or white chalk to absorb any accidental wedding dress spillages. This is a miracle that soaks up stains and can then be wiped clean.

Scout's honour - Be prepared!

By being organised and getting a head start, you can keep on top of it all and stop the packing process from feeling at all laborious. Resist the control freak urge, and give your spouse-to-be responsibility for some of the items. Use our checklist and tick things off as you go. If you're well-prepared, you'll have a relaxing time - and you won't be in a last minute tizzy at the airport, so there'll be time for a cheeky glass of bubbles before you fly! 

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Destination specifics

Remember that you'll need to check the temperature and weather of where you've booked your destination wedding. Iceland in the summer is still around 13 degrees centrigrade, so you'll need sensible shoes and layers to stay warm; whereas a coastal spring Italian wedding might require less cover-up and more sun cream. You'll also need to think well in advance about the material your dress is made from. Not to mention your footwear.

And what better to pack it all in than this beautiful Ted Baker luggage?

And what better to pack it all in than this beautiful Ted Baker luggage?

Have we missed anything? What will you be packing that's specific to your destination wedding? Let us know if you'd make any changes to our checklist: @AmuletEvents

Keep a look out on our Amulet blog for more advice on how to pack for a destination wedding, and make sure you're following our instagramfacebook & twitter pages!

Destination Weddings in Iceland

Nadia Wood

If you're looking for a European destination for your wedding that suits your adventurous character, where every photo will capture the dramatic surroundings of your beautiful day, then Iceland is the perfect location.

The Land of Fire and Ice is a world of juxtapositions, offering a phenomenal choice of landscapes for your backdrops - snow-covered glaciers and mountain ranges, adjacent to thermal pools and active volcanoes; Iceland is an absolute feast for the senses in terms of its biodiversity and geographical features.

Destination weddings in Iceland are perfect for nature lovers and intrepid travellers who want a celebration with a difference. Iceland has endless options for interesting and sometimes surreal backdrops. It truly is a fairy tale setting - a stunning place to start your marriage.

An Iceland wedding provides you with ample opportunities for awesome excursions - making it the ideal dream destination wedding choice. Whether you want to enjoy whale-watching off-shore, or have a go at white-water rafting, or even take in the breath-taking scenery along the coastline on an exciting guided hike, destination weddings in Iceland are guaranteed to be like no other. "Spectacular" doesn't do it justice!

Green Wedding Shoes

Green Wedding Shoes

When thinking about your wedding outfit, you'll hopefully be switched on to the idea that Iceland will require more than a slinky dress and some Louboutins. Even if you're inside for your vows, you'll no doubt want some wedding photography taken in the stunning Icelandic landscape, which means you'll need to bring some sensible footwear and a few layers to pop over your dress so you don't freeze on route to the perfect spot! Traipsing over craggy moss-covered lava rock is not a good look in heels. You'll also want glamorous jacket to cover-up in, as even in summer months temperatures are still around 13 degrees centigrade.  We love this bridal outfit below!

Junebug Weddings

Junebug Weddings

Amulet Events works with local Icelandic suppliers and some truly exclusive venues - like the stunning ION Adventure hotel below - to create a wedding experience that is as unique as you are!

ION Adventure hotel - Northern Lights

ION Adventure hotel - Northern Lights

There's a range of venues to suit varying styles and budgets, and we can advise the best fit for you, depending on your needs. Whether you want a show-stopping extravaganza or an intimate family wedding, Amulet will be able to create your perfect day with you.

Wedding at Hotel Ranga

Wedding at Hotel Ranga

Get in touch with Nadia to discuss your dreams and desires for the ultimate Icelandic wedding. Much like a genie in a bottle, her aim is to make your wishes come true!

Don't forget to take a peek behind the scenes by visiting our lovely instagramfacebook & twitter pages, and get some secret insider tips on our blog

The Wine Tasting Company - Supplier Showcase

Nadia Wood

Back in March we met with the lovely Charlie from the Wine Tasting Company to learn all about her business and we're so excited to share more details with you all. My role as a Wedding Planner is to ensure that couples experience the very best service from all their suppliers and I always love meeting with local industry experts that share the same ethos as me & see the importance in customer satisfaction.  

I am a strong believer that your Wedding guests will remember the food they ate and the refreshments they drank above all details during your Wedding Day. There is nothing worse than  being served bad food or warm drinks (unless it's a mulled wine or hot chocolate!) from below par suppliers, which is why we regularly share our favourite industry experts with you and always ensure we have worked with them previously or tested their goods before recommending to you! 

I was delighted to be introduced to Charlie, and I absolutely love her business model and attention to detail. She offers an incredibly personal and professional service fit for any event or Wedding and suitable to all tastes. 

I asked Charlie to tell me more about The Wine Company. Here is what she had to say;

'We have a love for wine and want to share this with everyone. We offer bespoke tastings for all occasions which can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home or venue of your choice. 

From an introduction to wine tasting to our dinner party favourite, we can tailor the tastings to suit your evening. Our Wine Planner works with couples planning their big day. From consultation, to pre-wedding tastings to delivery, our Wedding Planner will do it all. 

We offer tastings in Peterborough and surrounding area with deliveries to Cambridgeshire, Rutland, Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.'

Offering a unique Wine Planner service to couples, you can have a tasting party with your nearest and dearest before selecting the most appropriate wines for your menu and event. Charlie tells us more below;

'The Wine Planner at The Wine Tasting Company offers a bespoke service to those couples wishing to have more choice when selecting the wine for their Big Day.

After a consultation with The Wine Planner, the carefully selected wine can be tasted and enjoyed at a venue of the couples choice, ideally their home. The pre-wedding tasting and selection is available for up to 6 people.

The chosen wine is then delivered to the Wedding venue ready for the celebrations. The Wine Planner service starts from £69.'

We're so excited about recommending this valuable service to our clients and working with Charlie in the future. If you'd like further details on her services you can visit her website here or contact her direct on enquiries@thewinetastingcompany.co.uk.

As always, remember to visit our Weddings Destination pages. We also offer a behind the scenes look on our instagramfacebook & twitter pages!

Destination Weddings in Malta

Nadia Wood

Back in May I had the pleasure of joining a group of Wedding Industry experts invited by the Intercontinental Malta and I DO KNOT Wedding Planners to attend a 3 day familiarisation trip to Malta. We viewed a collection of stunning Wedding and private event venues and properties whilst being treated to the local cuisine and hospitality of the Maltese people. It was simply idyllic! 

Villa Arrigo, Amulet Events

We started our first afternoon by travelling to Villa Arrigo. This exclusive use venue with enclosed and private gardens is an ideal location for both intimate and large Weddings, with the hire of the lower gardens complete with a water fountain available to hire with an additional supplement. The outdoor space provides a beautiful backdrop for photographs, with pockets of seating and crisp white umbrellas for your guests to enjoy. This venue also has a Bridal suite available for use. 

Villa Arrigo, Amulet Events

Next we journied to Palazzo Parisio, which is located opposite the gorgeous Church of the Nativity of Mary in Naxxar. 

Naxxar Church, Malta

We explored the areas available for Wedding couples to hire starting with a look round the opulent rooms inside the palace including the grand staircase, the gold music room & the magnificent ballroom.  

Palazzo Parisio, Malta

We then took a stroll round the classic Baroque gardens, before being served afternoon tea & a  huge slice of cake in the tea room. 

Palazzo Parisio, Malta

After tea with our tummies full we checked into our luxurious Suites on the top floors of the Intercontinental Malta Hotel with a view to match!

For our first evening we took a stroll down to St Julian's Bay and were treated to a lovely fresh fish dinner at Paranga Seafood Restaurant on the sea front. 

Day two took us to Valetta on a vintage bus to view what this incredible city had to offer. Starting at the Mediterranean Conference Centre a former 15th century hospital with ghost stories galore! With large rooms spanning 161m in length, 10m wide & 11m high you can see how much history has taken place in this incredible building. An incredible space for larger Weddings & Events. 

MCC, Malta

With the sun shining gloriously above our heads we walked round the city to view the Lower Baracca Gardens 

With an impressive open space and beautifully cared for gardens it was a pleasure to see such a relaxing area in the centre of the city. 

Saluting Battery, Malta

We continued to the Saluting Battery, also available for hire before viewing inside the Chapel of Catherina di Italia and the Casino Maltese. We then stopped for lunch and reflected on our morning whilst getting to know one another!

After some free time at the pool catching up on emails we refreshed for the evening and travelled to Villa Rosa, one of my favourites of the trip and a perfect setting for a private Wedding with views of St Julian's Bay. 

Villa Rosa, Malta

Our next stop took us to Razzet l-Abjad, a gorgeous private farm estate large enough to fit 450 guests under a canopy of vineyards. 

We were then collected in our very own vintage Wedding cars to travel to the romantic town of Mdina for a look around and dinner at Relais & Chateaux property De Mondion. 

De Mondion, Mdina

After dinner we watched the sunset from Mdina before travelling back for a well needed sleep back at the hotel! 

Sunset from Mdina

Our final morning took us to the Limestone Heritage centre, a fascinating space with lovely gardens for private Weddings in Malta. With a 30ft high waterfall as a backdrop for ceremonies, this family run venue can be transformed into a magical Wedding venue. 

Limestone heritage, Malta

Our next stop took us to Meridiana Winery, a working Vineyard with a terrace to fit up to 350 guests if required. The terrace works really well for intimate numbers too with more private areas available overlooking the vines. 

Meridiana Winery

With a visit of Gardjola Gardens to hear the canons blasting over from the Saluting Battery we then enjoyed our final afternoon relaxing in the old fisherman village of Marsaxlokk complete with a farewell seafood feast! 

Gardjola Gardens

A huge thank you goes to Mauro & Petra from I DO KNOT along with their team Matthew & Charlene and Louise & co. from Intercontinental Hotel for making our visit to Malta so incredible memorable and magical. 

Marsaxlokk Seafood, Malta

With so many stunning Wedding properties and venues across the Island and an abundance of culture, history & incredible cuisine this really is the ideal place for a dream Destination Wedding! 

Marsaxlokk

If you'd like further information on getting married in Malta, or want help planning your special day or event then Destination Wedding Planners Amulet Weddings & Events would be delighted to help you.

As always, remember to visit our Weddings Destination pages. We also offer a behind the scenes look on our instagramfacebook & twitter pages!