YOUR DESTINATION DILEMMAS SOLVED!
If you dream of flying off for your wedding, but don’t know where to start, our experts have all the advice you need for a big day overseas
Your questions about travelling overseas answered
How should we choose a location?
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How will I transport my dress to my destination? Provided that your dress isn’t a huge princess-style number with a 25-foot train, you should be able to pack it relatively easily – of course, you should take the upmost care to prevent your gown getting damaged while in transit. 0DUWLQH +DUULV RI EULGDO EUDQG (VVHQVH of Australia, suggests purchasing a durable garment bag to pack in your suitcase or carry on the plane. “If your wedding dress is heavily beaded, it will need to be wrapped up in tissue paper before being put in the garment bag, WR SUHYHQW DQ\ VQDJJLQJ μ VKH DGYLVHV
Who should we invite? Just like a celebration at home, the choice is completely yours. Invite your closest friends and family – the ones that you really want to be by your side for this special moment. It’s important to take into consideration that there may be a few people that simply can’t make LW GXH WR ÀQDQFLDO RU SUDFWLFDO IDFWRUV
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wedding planners are fully equipped with the resources and knowledge to handle these potential problems. If you do decide to take on the planning yourself, enlisting your friends and family to assist with any tricky or time-consuming organisation can be a huge help.
Should we honeymoon in the same place? If you’re planning to honeymoon straight after your destination wedding, give thought to how practical it will be to bring your dress and other personal items with you, or if one of your guests is able WR WDNH WKHP KRPH IRU \RX +DYLQJ \RXU
honeymoon in the same place or nearby could remove that problem. “One of the key advantages of getting married abroad is the chance to twin your wedding and KRQH\PRRQ ORFDWLRQV ZLWK HDVH μ VD\V
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Will we have to pay for our friends and family to get there? Most destination wedding guests do expect to pay for their travel and accommodation – after all, it is an excuse for them to have a holiday! It is such a lovely gesture if you can afford to pay for your guests’ accommodation and/or ÁLJKWV EXW LW·V QRW XVXDOO\ H[SHFWHG +RZHYHU LI DOO RI \RXU JXHVWV DUH DUULYLQJ RQ WKH VDPH ÁLJKW LW PD\ EH ZRUWK considering hiring some sort of group transportation to get everyone from the airport to your resort or town together.
How will we source wedding suppliers? If you’re having a planner, then they will know the best local suppliers and can WDNH FDUH RI DOO RI WKLV IRU \RX +RZHYHU LI \RX·UH QRW \RXU ÀUVW SRUW RI FDOO VKRXOG be to talk to your venue, as it’s likely that they work with regular suppliers and can give you the heads-up on who is reliable. If you do end up researching suppliers rather than receiving recommendations, just be sure to check out their reviews and social media feeds thoroughly to get an idea of their standards of service before you commit to employing them.
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can sometimes be a recipe for disaster – but as Bobbi Brown make-up artist Zara Findlay explains, the key to a long-lasting look is all in the application. “A good skincare routine will support your skin WKURXJK WKH KHDW μ VKH VD\V ´2LO IUHH
or gel-based moisturisers are great for surviving hot weather, and a good primer is a must. In addition, don’t forget to use a waterproof mascara to protect against DQ\ WHDUV RU VZHDW μ =DUD UHFRPPHQGV
having a shine-busting powder to hand on the day itself for any touch-ups.
Are there any particular styles of wedding dress that will keep me cool? Finding the right dress for a wedding in a warmer climate is important, as Martine explains. “When it’s hot, you’re going to want a dress that’s constructed to keep you cool, but one that doesn’t compromise on VW\OH μ VKH VD\V ´:H ZRXOG UHFRPPHQG
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Will our marriage be legal? It is possible to have a civil ceremony that’s legally binding in a lot of countries, but it’s important that you know what paperwork is required in advance. “Getting a wedding planner to assist with this SURFHVV LV PXFK HDVLHU μ DGYLVHV (OLVDEHWWD ´%XW LI \RX DUH JRLQJ LW DORQH ÀUVW YLVLW the UK government’s website (gov.uk/ marriage-abroad) and then get in touch with the local town hall in your destination to establish the requirements and GRFXPHQWV WKDW ZLOO EH QHHGHG μ 7KH JRY XN VLWH JLYHV FRXQWU\ VSHFLÀF DGYLFH after you answer a couple of brief questions DERXW \RXU SODQV ,I \RX ÀQG \RX DUH XQDEOH to tie the knot legally in your destination RI FKRLFH \RX FDQ PDUU\ RIÀFLDOO\ LQ WKH UK and have a symbolic ceremony abroad.
What sort of insurance are we going to need? Of course, you don’t want to have to think about your big day going wrong – but having wedding insurance in place simply means you’ll have everything covered in case you do encounter problems. “Check that the policy covers you [for weddings] DEURDG EHIRUH \RX EX\ μ DGYLVHV 7RQ\
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