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Tips for Planning a Destination Wedding

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OK, you’re engaged, and your future in-laws are already driving you insane. That’s when destination weddings start to look appealing—but here’s what you should keep in mind.

In theory, a destination wedding sounds like a perfect package.

It limits the number of people who can attend (and everyone else can send a nice gift).

A quality resort will help coordinate details like arranging the marriage license and the photographer.

And once you get there, you’re already at your honeymoon!

But there are drawbacks to consider.

If you don’t have the resources to see the place first-hand, you can only rely on word of mouth.

Consider the logistics: For example, in countries like Mexico, couples are required to get blood tests in that country.

And how do you plan to transport the all-important wedding dress?

Checking it isn’t necessarily the wisest option, but shipping it ahead also has its risks.

My advice: a destination wedding requires more planning than you might think.

Check out resources like TheKnot.com or OneWed.com to learn from those who have been there.

If you use a destination wedding planner, make sure that person is familiar with the specific resort, and is willing to be an advocate for things that might go wrong.

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