Wedding handbook

Advice from WedinStyle

WedinStyle - The Stylish Wedding Planner of Vietnam | Destination wedding | Wedding design | Outdoor rustic wedding

1. How far in advance should we book the destination wedding service? 

We recommend you booking service at least 5 months before your wedding. For the destination wedding, the couples usually book all the services which include pre-wedding service and other wedding services. Therefore, we will have enough time to prepare for your wedding carefully.

 

2. Can you arrange accommodation locally or do we have to find the hotel ourselves? 

We are pleased to help you arrange accommodation. All you need is provide us your requirement. We will suggest you the suitable place.

 

3. What is the payment method for your services? 

Any amount of cost of service due to WedinStyle may be paid in cash or electronically transferred to bank account (in US Dollar)

Normally, payment schedule is divided into 2 periods:
Period 1: 80% of total cost of service is due upon signing this contract. This is non – refundable.
Period 2: Remaining amount is due on 3 days after the wedding date. This is non-refundable.
Extra 10% of balance is charged if payment is late by 2 to 7 business days. Extra 20% of balance is charged if payment is late by 8 or more business days.

 

4. Vietnam Visa Exemption: 

Passengers entering Vietnam are required a visa. If you are a citizen or national of countries exempted for Vietnam visa, you can enter Vietnam without a visa to stay within a certain period of time. The duration of stay without a visa varies for citizens from different countries.

Updates on 18-06-2015: Starting from 01/July/2015 to 30/06/2016, visitors from the following countries may not need a visa to Vietnam for less than 15 days: Germany, France, the UK, Italy, and Spain.

List of countries exempted a Vietnam visa:

  • Asia:

Within 30 days: Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Laos, Singapore, Thailand.

Within 21 days: The Philippines.

Within 15 days: Japan, South Korea.

Within 14 days: Brunei.

  • Europe:

Within 15 days: Denmark, Finland, Norway, Russia, Sweden.

  • France citizens holding valid diplomatic / official passports: Within 90 days / Several visits within 6 months
  • Chile citizens holding valid diplomatic / official passports: Within 90 days
  • APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) holders: Within 60 days
  • Those who enter Vietnam through an international border gate and then travel to Phu Quoc and stay here only: Within 15 days

If citizens from the above listed countries wish to re-enter Vietnam under visa exemption programme, the second visit cannot be made earlier than 30 days after the first visit.

If you are not from the above listed counties or you want to visit Vietnam longer than the authorised period of stay, please arrange a visa in one of two ways:

  1. Apply in person or by post to a nearby Vietnam Embassy
  2. Apply online through travel agents, visa to be issued on arrival at the airport.

Whether you are required a visa or not, your passport should be valid for no less than 6 months prior to the trip or at least 1 month after visa expiry date and have at least one empty page left.

 

5. Is Vietnam a safe country?

Vietnam is a safe destination. Globaly, common sense precautions are advised. Petty street crimes in large cities has risen recently. Keeping a photocopy of your passport, airline tickets, credit card numbers, and detailed record of your traveler’s cheques is strongly advised. You should leave your valuables in your hotel safety or deposit boxes. In large cities, such as Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, we recommend you wear as little jewelry as possible, and keep your spending money in a body-closed secure place when out on the streets.

 

6. What is the climate like in Vietnam?

Shaped like letter S, Viet Nam stretches out from north to south bordered by 3,000 km croastline holding some of the finest beaches in the world. Running along the country, range of tropical rain forested mountains form a spine that connects flat, fertile deltas of two great rivers, the Red River in the north and the Mekong in the south.  Geographically, the climate in Viet Nam varies greatly from north to south with three distinct climatic zones.
In the north, rainy season is from August to November. Typhoons are frequent, but not too much of a problem. It is quite chilly in the north in  winter time (Dec. – Feb.).
The climate in Mekong delta is sub-equatorial with two main seasons. Wet season lasts from May to October with short downpours occurring almost every day. Dry season lasts from November to April ending with the last three hot and humid months.
Annual rainfall for the south is approximately 80 inches (2,000 millimeters) while temperatures remain relatively constant – on average, between 77 and 95oF (25-35oC). Between July and November, Viet Nam is hit by random, violent typhoons that develop off the coast in the East Sea. They typically hit the central and north coasts. Their frequency seemed to increase over the past few years.

 

7. Do and Don’t when travelling Vietnam?

         DO

  • Bring hotel’s business card is recommended as it will help you easily find the way back to your hotel if you get lost
  • Drink plenty of bottled water, especially when walking around sightseeing. No need to carry huge bottles around with you as a vendor is never far away even they will find you before you find them
  • Although in some large cities, dress is somewhat more comfortable, Viet Nam is still quite conservative country in dress. Therefore, you should wear appropriate clothing, not only to adapt to the weather but it also helps you with friendly locals
  • Keeping your money, airline tickets, passport and other valuable jewelry in deposited area of the hotel
  • When you are invited to local home, you always remember to remove your sandals (shoes) and place them in front door before entering
  • When traveling to the villages of ethnic minorities, you should ask tour guides or ask the villagers to arrange a referral for you because of their different and unique tradition and customs

         DON’T

  • Wear a lot of jewellery or take a bag with you. Violent crime is highly unusual in Vietnam, but petty crime is more apparant. If you have a bag, or tout a digital camera around your neck, you are a potential target.
  • When taking a ride by motorbike taxi (xe om) make sure your bag, if any, is not on display or easy to grab. Bag snatches, although still rare, are probably the most likely crime a tourist would encounter, and it raises the probability immensely if you are tailing a camera or a laptop in the wind.
  • Don’t wear singlets, shorts, skirts or dresses, or revealing clothes to temples or pagodas.
  • Physical displays of affection between lovers in public are frowned upon. That’s why you may come across couples holding hands but not hugging or kissing.
  • Losing your temper in Vietnam means a loss of face. Keep a cool head and remain polite, you’ll have a greater chance of getting what you want.
  • Remember, this is Vietnam, a devloping country, and things don’t quite work as you are maybe used to. Don’t be paranoid about your safety, just be aware of your surroundings.