Destination Weddings

A to Z Guide to Destination Weddings

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O is for Officiant
Nervous about the ceremony? First, ask your hotel's wedding planner for recommendations (specify your religion, or if you want a secular service), then contact each contender via e-mail and ask for his or her overall approach to weddings. Set up phone calls to determine whose personality you prefer and ask for the ceremony text, so you can tweak the content. Confidence will ensue.

P is for Packing
Repeat after us: I will carry my wedding dress on the plane. You don't have to buy an extra seat; most flight crews will help you find a place for it, even if that means sticking it in their own closet.

Q is for Quarantine
Staying away from the groom on your wedding day can get tricky at a resort. Strategy #1: Spend the night before with friends or family at separate hotels. Strategy #2: Stay in the same hotel, but in separate rooms, and divide the property (the beach for him, the pool for you).

R is for Rehearsal
Even if you've been to a million weddings, doing a ceremony walk-through is a must. (Seriously, your wedding party won't know where to stand unless you tell them.) Schedule your rehearsal for the same time of day as your ceremony so that you have time to adjust for the sunset, the tide and any glare-in-the-eyes issues.

S is for Site
Getting married on the beach may be a dream come true, but seaside receptions have their complications: Chairs and heels sink in the sand, and wind blows the grains, well, everywhere. Have your ceremony on the sand and then move on to a terrace or lawn for your reception.

T is for Transportation
Arranging transportation between hotels and event locations is essential. An easy alternative: Give your guests a couple of hotels to choose from (one budget, one fab), but hold all events at a single resort.

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