Spot­light on… A DES­TI­NA­TION

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“You

shouldn’ t have a des­ti­na­tion wed­ding if you are in any way a con­trol freak!” says Mel. “In terms of the dé­cor, out­fits for the brides­maids and grooms men, or the food, we didn’ t re­ally have a solid sense of how all the dif­fer­ent as­pects of the day were go­ing to come to­gether. Hon­estly, we had to hope and pray that it would all be OK – and it was!” Not hav­ing a firm grip on every de­tail and be­ing a “fairly re­laxed kind of bride” is some­thing that Mel ad­vises any­one think­ing of go­ing abroad for her big day, but she did find that mak­ing the ef­fort to visit the venue be­fore the wed­ding was a good de­ci­sion. “Do­ing a recce be­fore­hand means you can prop­erly vi­su­alise your day in ad­vance,” she ex­plains. “Ac­tu­ally, I’d say this is an ab­so­lute must. If it’s at all pos­si­ble, try to get there about a week be­fore your wed­ding date to tie up any po­ten­tial loose ends – it’s re­ally help­ful. We were able to travel to South Africa a cou­ple of weeks be­fore, and for us, that time was such a spe­cial part of the whole ex­pe­ri­ence.”

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