Destination Weddings

A to Z Guide to Destination Weddings

Follow these top tips to have a sensational vow-cation anywhere in the world

A is for Activities
Your guests have come a long way to watch you say “I do”: Make them feel welcome by planning one group gathering—in addition to dinner—each day. On a tight budget? Snorkeling trips are crowd-pleasers, but beach volleyball won't cost a thing.

B is for Burn
If you're getting married in a sunny clime, slather on the sunscreen. After all, a sun-kissed glow is great, but a beet-red hue is hard to hide. Oh, and that strappy bikini? Probably not a perfect match for your strapless dress.

C is for Coordinator
Before you sign on the dotted line, make sure that your hotel has an in-house wedding coordinator. This will save you money, since you won't have to hire a wedding planner, and it will save you stress, since you won't have to do everything yourself.

D is for Dress
Make sure your site and your outfit are simpatico. If you're marrying on the beach, a satin ball gown will seem out of place. Shop for light, breathable fabrics.

E is for Estate
For a small wedding, consider renting a private villa. Having your immediate family, and his, under one roof can create an unparalleled sense of community, and it will keep you from feeling lost in a bustling resort complex.

F is for Flowers
Getting specific flowers can be tricky in remote destinations, where you're dependent on shipments. Rely on local flora (such as bougainvillea and hibiscus) or create centerpieces out of hurricane vases, pillar candles, shells and sand. Check area shops for souvenirs like starfish, which make site-appropriate cake toppers and eliminate the need for elaborate sugar work.

G is for Grandparents
Can't imagine your day without Grandma or Great-aunt Jane? Make sure they're up to the trip before planning a distant affair.

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