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Travel expert Jetsetter.com gives us five key tips for planning a wedding abroad! (expert advice)
By Geraldine Campbell for our sponsor, Jetsetter.com
Wedding planning is an exciting, emotional (sometimes exasperating) endeavor – and plotting your nuptials in a far-off place is no different. The advantages of a destination wedding are many: For one (let’s be honest), saying “I do” abroad limits the guest list. It can also be easier (yes, easier) to plan, since the resort’s on-site coordinator can handle everything from photographers and table arrangements to goodie bags. Not to mention: exchanging vows on a sandy beach with your friends and family? Priceless. We tapped the travel experts at Jetsetter.com for their top tips on making your destination wedding go off without a hitch.
1. Do your homework
Different countries have different requirements when it comes to non-natives getting married on native soil. In France, for example, a proper wedding can be un nightmare: The 40-day residence requirement is just one of the (many) steps required. In Bali, a legal ceremony is considerably easier, although, you and your honey have to be the same religion. So, wherever you’re dreaming of tying the knot, know what you’re getting into.
2. Have a symbolic ceremony
If you don’t want to deal with overseas bureaucracy, get married stateside (pop over to City Hall for a quickie or, better yet, hop on a flight to Vegas) – and have a non-civil ceremony in your destination of choice. No one will be the wiser.
3. Make considerations
For your guests, a destination wedding can be significantly more expensive than a domestic affair. Do them a favor and give fair warning – six months at minimum (a year is even better). Also, consider ditching the registry. If you’re not willing to forego gifts completely, include inexpensive items on your wish list.
4. Stay in one place
Honeymooning where you get hitched means you can go from reception to relaxation mode without the hassle of planes, trains and automobiles. It can also be cost-effective. Resort wedding packages often include a free stay for the bride and groom. Everything is negotiable and if the hotel isn’t willing to put you up for a night or two (or longer), ask for an upgrade.
5. Get inspired at Jetsetter.com
Jetsetter has hotels in every corner of the world – and a perfect destination wedding spot for every personality type, whether you’re an adventurer, a foodie, or a romantic!
A Short Wedding Dress
Show off those legs! Bonnie stayed cool in a custom knee-length frock by Nina Dinh of Susan European Dressmaker for her Los Angeles wedding.
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Bright Bridesmaid Dresses
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Mint Honey Favors
Place a vial of mint-infused honey at each place setting—the easy-to-make favor tastes yummy when drizzled on all sorts of desserts.
Mint Honey Favor DIY
Nothing brings us back to childhood summers quite like freezy pops. This nostalgia-inducing treat will be a big hit at any hot weather reception, guaranteed.
Tara & Harris's Crafty Summer Wedding
One of our favorite summer wedding hacks is also one of the easiest to create. Amy and Kenn attached popsicle sticks to their card stock ceremony programs, and voila! Instant fan for each guest, which was absolutely necessary for their hot Virgin Islands nuptials.
Amy & Kenn's Tropical Wedding
Picnic Rehearsal Dinner
Daisies and gingham are always appropriate additions to a picnic bench meal. See more tips for decorating a rehearsal dinner in the park in our full tutorial.
Summertime Picnic Decor Tutorial
Infused Water Table Numbers
Indoors or out, warm-weather weddings call for plenty of liquids for your guests. Keep everyone hydrated by placing bottles of flavor-infused water (we like mint, strawberry, and cucumber) at each table. They can also double as your table numbers!
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Floating floral arrangements are a great way to extend a decor theme into the parts of your reception venue that may be otherwise untouchable. We love the arrangements Petal Flower Design created for Lindsay and Luke's private residence wedding in Massachusetts.
Lindsay & Luke's Backyard Wedding
Miniature versions of this griller's favorite make the perfect passed appetizer for a summertime cocktail reception.
Zoe & John's Preppy Summer Wedding
A Drink Stand
Who doesn't love lemonade and sweet tea on a hot summer day? Set up a table exclusively dedicated to cold drinks, and designate someone to make sure the containers are always full. Everyone working up a sweat on the dance floor will be grateful!
More Drink Photos
Idea By: Sarah Zlotnick
By: Sarah Zlotnick
Feeling a little playful? Here's two of our fave polka dot styles from online emporium Modcloth, a site we could browse for hours thanks to massive amounts of adorable (and affordable!) dresses. A cheeky fascinator and fun clutch will add a dose of whimsy to either of these potential bridesmaid frocks, and we love the idea of finishing off with a bright fuschia heel.
Credits: Arden B. Pillbox Headband (now $9.49) | Glitzy Rocks Spinel stud earrings ($13.69) | Modcloth Beyond Black & White dress ($177.99) | Modcloth Rose Bubbly dress in noir ($157.99) | Lulu Guinness Domino Box Clutch ($402) | Butter suede kitten heels ($288)
Photos by: Carly TaylorThis tiny bunting favor is a great idea to incorporate a bit of your wedding day design into a keepsake for your guests. They will love having a piece of your day to remember forever! Use a fabric pattern that you use in some aspect of your wedding, whether it's invitations or table runners! Directions: To make the bunting, cut small triangles out of your chosen fabric. Using hot glue, attach each one to a piece of embroidery thread or ribbon. Let them dry ... Top off your bags with a simple thank you label and a bit of twine. Simply slip the perfect presents in bags such as these and send them home with a little tag and a big thanks!
Photo By Chelsea FussThis centerpiece is stunning - mainly because of the vibrant blooms! Materials: 10 red, white and pink anemones 5 mini daffodils 8 orange, red, and white ranunculus (better if blown open) Ranunculus greens and buds English daisies in pink and white (cut from 2 plants) Modern vase Rocks Chicken wire or a flower frog Clippers
Directions:First, fill the vase with rocks half way up the vase. Fill with water. Start filling the vase with stems. The rocks will keep the flowers in place and help you create the shape of your flower arrangement. Try to create an "s" shape with greens and lighter flowers cascading to the right and diagonally across at the bottom of the vase. Place larger blossoms at the bottom of the arrangement and lighter smaller buds and greens towards the top. We added a table number made from a simple number sticker purchased at a grocery/drygoods store... ... and a painted horse for some humor! Tip: To make this arrangement more budget friendly, substitute more greens for flowers. The recipe is made of spring flowers. For a summer or fall version substitute with: dahlias (the single petaled varieties would work great), iceland poppies, garden roses, peonies, california poppies, daisies, roses. Photo By Chelsea Fuss
Project By: Victoria HudginsPhotos By: Carly Taylor Making a large expanse of wall connect with your wedding can be a hard task when working on a budget. Putting simple flowers up in an artistic array is the perfect solution. This installation would be lovely behind a dessert bar, backing a ceremony, or on any wall where you'd like to add a bit of texture and style. To create the floral wall you will need: A selection of florals that coordinate well with our day. Since you will only be using single stems, you could buy these on your own as a great way to save money. You'll also need embroidery hoops, which are a cheap purchase at your local craft store, mine are each 10 inches, and tulle in a soft color to add texture and depth. First, detach your embroidery hoop into two pieces and lay a piece of tulle over the bottom hoop. The tulle needs to be cut about two inches larger than your hoop.
Arrange a few blooms in a pattern you find pleasing on the bottom tulle. It helps at this step to do your entire arrangement at once, giving you a chance to see how each small piece combines to make one beautiful artistic design.
Once your blooms are in place, cover with a second layer of tulle, then place the inside hoop back into the piece. Doing this will pull your tulle taut. Secure by screwing the embroidery key until it is tight.
Your flowers will stay perfect floating between the tight layers of tulle.
Hang along your wall in whichever way your venue will allow.