Destination Weddings

Top Tips for Planning a Destination Wedding

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Do Think About the Weather: Brides who opt for an island wedding are often so worried about the possibility of rain, they forget about wind. It can very windy on the islands! You must consider this when choosing your dress and veil. You should also let your guests know, so they can pack accordingly. Wind will impact the amount and type of candlelight you can use, and you'll want to think carefully about tall centerpieces and escort cards, which can topple over.

Don't Forget to Do Your Paperwork: Local government web sites may not be up-to-date when it comes to the paperwork you need to either get your guests in and out of the country or for the paperwork you need to marry there. Shipping goods, such as decor, fresh flowers and goody bags, to foreign countries usually means you'll have to pay duty and/or taxes on the goods. It's complicated and laborious to track all of the paperwork, but your things will be impounded if you do not follow the letter of the law. Know too that goods are taxed differently: if it goes into a country and comes back out, that means one price. If it goes into the country and stays there, the tax tends to be higher. Also, fresh flowers are taxed at a different rate than hard goods.

DO Be Fearless: I always say, "Destination weddings are not for the meek of heart!"

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