It’s hard enough planning a wedding, but imagine doing it in a foreign country and in another language! This past year I planned our wedding in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain and learned some important lessons along the way; if you’re planning a destination wedding you will find the following websites very useful!
1. Zankyou: Easily set up an international wedding website and gift registry
It was really important that we had a website for the wedding; I had family and friends traveling from the UK and USA as well as all of our friends from other cities in Spain. We needed a website to share information with them (in various languages) on how to get to Sanlúcar, accommodation in the city, the wedding itinerary (rehearsal lunch and preboda party), etc. We also needed a way to enable friends and family to send us gifts; it would be hard for people to carry gifts with them as they traveled and expensive to mail gifts for those who couldn’t attend. I came across a site called Zankyou, and it was the perfect solution!
Zankyou enables you to create a custom website (very easily I might add) and a custom registry. You can add items from a gift catalog or create your own “gift” for people to contribute to. We asked people to contribute to our Dream Honeymoon and let each person decide on the amount of money they wanted to contribute (if you’ve read my post on “10 Rules you need to know to be the perfect wedding guest in Spain” you’d know that it’s quite common to give money at weddings here). After the wedding I was able to send the funds to my bank account and use them towards our trip! We had a great experience with Zankyou so I would definitely recommend it for someone hosting a wedding abroad.
2. Weddington Way: Give your bridesmaids options everyone will love!
I had seven bridesmaids who spanned across 3 different states and 3 countries…so getting us all together to try on dresses was simply impossible. Luckily, I found out about Weddington Way.
You can choose one style/color for all bridesmaids, or let them choose a dress that best suits their body type. The cool thing about this site is the fact that you can create a “showroom” with different types of dresses in the same color; essentially you pick all the dresses you like, the exact color you want them to wear, and let your bridesmaids choose between them. Each girl ordered her own dress and had it delivered to her home; the quality of the dresses was good and the girls looked beautiful at the wedding! Keep in mind it takes several weeks for the dresses to arrive (because they’re made-to-order), so the sooner your girls order their dress the better!
3. The best websites for ordering save-the-dates and wedding invitations
Because I live in Spain I couldn’t exactly go home to choose invitations at a local shop, I also had a hard time finding a place in Spain that could do thermography print. I ended up using minted.com for our travel-themed save the dates, and weddingpaperdivas.com for the invitations. WeddingPaperDivas offers thermography print, which feels similar to embossed print but won’t cost you $10 an invitation! I was really happy with the quality of the products I received from both websites and would definitely recommend both of them.
These websites made planning my wedding in Spain so much easier! Hopefully they’ll help you too, good luck and happy planning!
P.S. Check out my post on the local businesses I used for the wedding in Sanlúcar ❤