Destination Weddings

A to Z Guide to Destination Weddings

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U is for Ukulele
Flying to Hawaii for your vows? Hand your guests leis and serenade them with Hawaiian music. Saying “I do” in the Caribbean? Mark the occasion with a steel pan band. Incorporating regional food, flowers and music into your wedding lends authenticity to your festivities and could save you from a culinary disaster. (You don't want to insist on rack of lamb if the chef usually grills seafood.)

V is for Vows
You chose your destination for a reason. Mentioning that reason in your vows or welcome toast will help guests draw the connection between the setting and the commitment you are making to each other.

W is for Welcome Basket
Nothing says “thanks” like goodies. Stuff each basket with an itinerary, brochures and maps (free from the tourism board) and treats bought on arrival. Good choices include local snacks (Mexican pumpkin seeds) and regional drinks (we like Jamaican Ting).

X is for X Marks the Spot
Plan ahead for a day- before meeting with your hotel contact to finalize the ceremony site and resolve any last-minute concerns. Examine the scene carefully: Is a construction site marring the view? Are Jet Skis and sailboats cluttering the beach? Did half of the strand get swept away in a recent storm?

Y is for Yes
For hometown affairs, 85 to 90 percent of invitees RSVP “yes,” but numbers vary widely for destination weddings. Our advice: Get your ducks in a row early. Set your RSVP deadline a full month before your event so you know how many people are coming and can plan accordingly.

Z is for Zen
Don't complicate matters—pick a place that's easy on the paperwork and residency requirements or do a quick city hall ceremony before the big day. And remember that unless you're planning on moving to your destination for a year, you're not going to be able to micromanage this production. That means you can't sweat the small stuff—which may be the best reason of all to take your wedding on the road.

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