DO: Take advantage of deals.
We recently had a bride in our boutique who was planning a destination wedding in Nicaragua by using Groupon Getaways. Coupon sites such as Groupon Getaways or LivingSocial Escapes usually have excellent deals on exotic locations, and it can save you and your guests a lot of money. Just be sure you read the fine print, as these sites sometimes have limited travel dates.
DON'T: Have unrealistic expectations.
This may seem obvious, but being in another country is not like being in the United States. People abroad will speak different languages, have different traditions, or different ideas about what a wedding should look like. Lines of communication might get crossed, but don't let that ruin your big day! Remember, you picked a destination wedding because you wanted something different, so remember to embrace the differences.
DO: Pick the right dress!
We know all about this. If you are having your wedding on a beach, fabrics like chiffon and light silks will be much more comfortable than a heavy satin ball gown. More traditional locations, like European cathedrals, may have a dress code that requires sleeves. Remember to consider the climate and location when dress shopping.
DON'T: Try to control everything.
A bride who was planning a destination wedding in Las Vegas said that the venue was perfect for her because all she had to do was "show up and everything would be taken care of." Planning a wedding hundreds of miles away means that you will not be able to control every detail. Try to think of this as just less work for you to do!
Here are some gorgeous pictures from destination weddings across the globe! Have any other tips about destination weddings? Be sure to post them in our Comments!