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One of the most popular options for brides and grooms these days are destination weddings. And it's easy to see why: Destination weddings are not only extra intimate, it's like a two-for-one wedding and honeymoon. Plus, from a more logistical point of view, it's an easy way to skirt the responsibility of a larger guest list and keep it down to your nearest and dearest. On a very basic level, it's just plain cool saying "I do" in an exotic locale. If you're considering jetting off to a foreign land to wed your love, here's how to get started.
Destination weddings have become extremely covetable because of its inherent romance, the small guest list it demands (after all, not all of your invitees will be able to shell out the cash to fly and stay at your destination of choice), and it combines a vacation and wedding (so you don't have to skimp out on your reception or your honeymoon if that was the case).
When you start planning a destination wedding, you have to let your guests know far in advance. This way they can calculate if they can afford the cost of traveling to your ceremony and reception. You also need to check out the legality of marrying in your state or country, and make sure you're well-versed in the logistics and necessary bureaucratic steps before you start planning.
Last but not least, make sure to find a planner or coordinator that specializes in destination weddings. This way, instead of spending hours on phone calls trying to overcome a language barrier or making executive decisions about flowers and ceremony site from miles away, you have an expert on hand to take care of it all for you. Many resorts even have in-house coordinators if you fall in love with a specific property, too.