Des­ti­na­tion: I do

Wedding plan­ner and des­ti­na­tion wedding ex­pert Karla Cor­dova dishes out ad­vice for cou­ples plan­ning wed­dings in the sun.

The Coast - Halifax Weddings Guide - - Expert Advice - —In­ter­view by Al­li­son Saun­ders

What types of cou­ples are best suited for a des­ti­na­tion wedding?

It’s re­ally pop­u­lar when peo­ple aren’t from town. Like in my case, I’m from Mexico and my hus­band is from here—it was tough to bring the two fam­i­lies to­gether, so we de­cided to go to a medium point, the Riviera Maya in Mexico.

What are the big­gest chal­lenges peo­ple face while plan­ning a des­ti­na­tion wedding?

Def­i­nitely find­ing the place. Not ev­ery­one can af­ford a des­ti­na­tion wedding—some peo­ple want to have a des­ti­na­tion wedding and then their guests can’t af­ford the re­sort that they want, be­cause some are re­ally ex­pen­sive. So you have to find a place you like but that works for ev­ery­one’s bud­get. The big­gest thing you have to ac­cept is that not ev­ery­one that you love is go­ing to be at your wedding. It is ab­so­lutely dou­ble the work of a reg­u­lar wedding, you have to think of ev­ery­one.

How can you per­son­al­ize the look of your wedding with­out hav­ing to lug a suit­case of dec­o­ra­tions with you?

It’s kind of tricky. The best op­tion would be hir­ing a lo­cal per­son to do the dec­o­ra­tions. You’ll spend the same money try­ing to buy stuff to bring. When you go down south it’s cheaper than the prices we pay here for dec­o­ra­tors. If you hire out­side of the re­sort, it’s cheaper. If you hire in­side the re­sort it will cost you the ex­act same or more. But most of the re­sorts, if you don’t hire their ven­dors, they’ll charge you.

What would you big­gest pieces of ad­vice be for peo­ple plan­ning a wedding away?

The big­gest ad­vice I give to ev­ery­body is just be ready to have your bride or groom next to you. If you want to have ev­ery­thing per­fect, it’s not go­ing to hap­pen. If you want ev­ery per­son you want to in­vite with you, not all of them will be there. You have to be re­ally re­laxed. And just en­joy your­self with the per­son you are mar­ry­ing. I even say that to peo­ple here in town. Des­ti­na­tion wed­dings are fun, but its a va­ca­tion you’re shar­ing with a lot of peo­ple. You have to be re­ally re­laxed be­cause if you’re go­ing to be wor­ried about ev­ery­one else, you won’t en­joy your wedding.

Wedding bliss at Ca­sona de la Repub­lica (Quere­taro, Mexico), de­signed by The Wedding Vogue/An­nie & Co.

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